Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VMWare Workstation 11 and Linux kernel 3.19

Well, I thought that starting with kernel 3.18 there will be no need any more for manual patching in order to make VMWare Workstation 11.0 work again (11.1 didn't work either). But, I was wrong. After updating vmnet compilation ended with errors and I had to search for a solution. I found it, on ArchWiki pages. Now, it happened once before to me that I just pointed to a page with a solution, and that page was changed so that solution disappeared. To avoid this, here is step by step what you have to do. First, download a patch. You don't need to be a root to execute this command:
$ curl http://pastie.org/pastes/9934018/download -o /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
Now, switch to root and execute the following commands:
# cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
# tar -xf vmnet.tar
# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
# mv vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.SAVED
# tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
# rm -r vmnet-only
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
And that should be it.

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