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Old 14th January 2009, 13:06
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Default How To Set Up VMware Tools On Various Linux Distributions-lenny?

I was looking at this howto and its a little out of date but I was informed
so someone who had recently installed vmware tools on lenny and this is the way that was pointed out to me .

seems a long way around but can I have so feedback please on the
points below

THE LONG WAY AROUND

1 check ur gcc version ( seems open-vm-tools and vm tools like 4.1)


# gcc --version ## if ur gcc version > 4.1, do the fllowing setps


# aptitude install gcc-4.1


# ln -sf /usr/bin/gcc-4.1 /usr/bin/gcc


2 check ur kernel build number


# uname -r


3 install the depand packages include linux-headers ....


the depand packages list:


build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) psmisc binutils make libgtk2.0-dev libproc-dev libdumbnet-dev xorg-dev libicu-dev


u can copy this command


aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) psmisc binutils make libgtk2.0-dev libproc-dev libdumbnet-dev xorg-dev libicu-dev


download and install following deb-packages


http://ftp.ie.debian.org/debian/pool...0exp1_i386.deb


http://ftp.ie.debian.org/debian/pool...0exp1_i386.deb


copy them to a tmp directory and install it with the command ' dpkg -i filename'


4 unpack the vmtools to ur tmp directory


click the vmware menu-select the install vmware-tools. cp it to /tmp


# cd /tmp


# tar xzfv vmware-tools-xxxxx


5 download the open-vm-tools


http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ope...0&big_mirror=0


copy it to a tmp directory and compile


# tar xzvf name.gz


# cd open-vm-tools/


# ./configure && make


6 if u passed all with no errors


# cd open-vm-tools-2008.11.18-130226/modules/linux/



# for i in *; do sudo mv ${i} ${i}-only; sudo tar -cf ${i}.tar ${i}-only; done

*7 cp .tar to vmware-tools-distirb replace the same name file

# mv -f open-vm-tools-2008.11.18-130226/modules/linux*/*.tar vmware-tools-distrib/lib/modules/source/


8 install ur vmware-tools


# cd /tmp/vmware-tools/distirb/


# ./vmware-tools.pl

THE ABOVE IS A VERY LONG WAY AROUND the simple way is
here

1. Install software needed by VMware Tools
Install packages to build the kernel modules

aptitude install autoconf automake binutils cpp gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r) make psmisc

Find out where the kernel headers are (you may need this later)

ls -d /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)*/include

From VMware Workstation: go to VM> Install VMware Tools
From the VM: mount the virtual cd drive

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/Extract VMware Tools to /tmp/

tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/VMwareTools*gz

Unmount the virtual cd drive

umount /mntNow run the installer

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

QUESTION
after finishing it says
to use the vmxnet driver restart networking useing the following commands
/etc/networking stop
rmmod pcnet32
rmmod vmxnet
modprobe vmxnet
/etc/init.d/networking start

what is the advantage of doing this?

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QUESTION
after finishing it says
to use the vmxnet driver restart networking useing the following commands
/etc/networking stop
rmmod pcnet32
rmmod vmxnet
modprobe vmxnet
/etc/init.d/networking start

what is the advantage of doing this?
I don't know VMware's inner workings, so I can't say anything about it...
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