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      • 15. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
        aybara Novice

         

        Dear westlaus,

         

         

        I don't know what I have done. But I followed your instructions (moved the /etc/vmware/database during  the instllation process) an it works on FC11

         

         

           

         

         

        • 16. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
          psyk Novice

          Just an update... got it to work..

           

          For those having trouble, open another two terminal sessions and "tail -f /var/log/vmware-installer" in one of them.

           

           

           

          Watch the log scroll and you need to wait right up just before it says

           

           

           

               Configured default networks - Bridged, Hostonly, NAT
                Stopping cups:
                Starting cups:
                Using UI type gtk

          in the other terminal session type "mv -v /etc/vmware/database /tmp/" just as the above appears.

           

          Once it says "Installation Successfull" "mv -v /tmp/database /etc/vmware/" to move the database back.

           

           

           

          The vmware modules compile successfully with a " vmware-modconfig --console --install-all" 

           

           

           

          ...that is all.

           

           

           

          thanks westlaus.

          • 17. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
            Rastlinux Novice

             

            Thank for your steps. However it did not work for me. But was the catalyst to discovering the necessary steps.

             

             

            In my case I also had Virtual Box loaded for evaluation.....

             

             

            uname kernel level : 2.6.29.6-217.2.3.fc11.x86_64

             

             

             

             

             

            +_rpm -qa | grep -i vmware_ +

             

             

            removed anything other than: xorg-x11-drv-vmware-10.16.0-3.fc11.x86_64

             

             

            that had a dependency to xorg-x11

             

             

             

             

             

            rpm -qa | grep -i virtual

             

             

            removed anything that was VirtualBox

             

             

             

             

             

            Key:

             

             

            Rebooted host.

             

             

            Validate that nothing is left with rpm -qa search again.

             

             

            I did not use the bundle file, but instead used the rpm file:

             

             

             

             

             

            rpm -Uvh VMware-Workstation-6.5.3-185404.x86_64.rpm

             

             

             

             

             

            from another terminal session:

             

             

            ps -ef | grep vmware-modconfig | grep -v grep

             

             

            Run this over an over from the moment it starts the hang part... somewhere around this output:

             

             

             

             

             

            Installing VMware Installer 1.0

            Copying files...

            Configuring...

            Installing VMware Player 2.5.3

            Copying files...

            Configuring...

            Installing VMware VIX API 1.6.3

            Copying files...

            Configuring...

            Installing VMware Player 2.5.3

            Copying files...

            Configuring...

            Installing VMware Player 2.5.3

            Copying files...

            Configuring...

             

             

             

            Then kill -9 the pid related to:

             

             

            /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-modconfig-console  --install-all

             

             

            kill -9 <pid>

             

             

            you should see within a few moments the install continue with a slew of warnings.  I have a very fast system so you may have to wait longer.

             

             

            You should end up with this final output.

             

             

            Installing VMware Workstation 6.5.3

            Copying files...

            Configuring...

            Installation was successful

             

             

            If this does not work and the process goes defunct, you must kill the install, remove the RPM with "rpm -e" then reboot your system and try again.

             

             

            I had to reboot a couple of times since the process went defunct on me.

             

             

            When you are successful .........

             

             

            now you can run:

             

             

            vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

             

             

             

             

             

            When you prompt returns, you should be able to start vmware

             

             

            At least this was what I had to do to get mine working ...

             

             

            Hopes this helps someone!!

             

             

             

             

             

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            • 18. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
              lagriffe Novice

               

              Psyk's instructions worked for me, though it took a few tries to get my timing right on a fastish machine. If you cancel too early,  VMPlayer won't get installed but the VMware installation will continue anyway, only to choke when you try to build the modules.

               

               

              I've saved these instructions, since this is at least the second time I've encountered this same problem.

               

               

              Thanks, psyk.

               

               

              • 19. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                slavek1979 Novice

                @westlaus,

                 

                mate you are a genius.

                 

                I followed your instructions (moved the /etc/vmware/database during the instllation process) an it works on FC11 x86_64.

                 

                Many thanks

                cvaniak

                • 20. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                  lagriffe Novice

                   

                  BTW, I'm running Archlinux, so this will work on other distros, as long as you know where the VMware init scripts are located (/etc/rc.d/vmware.d in the case of Archlinux).

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  • 21. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                    VMwareRoot Novice

                     

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                    INSTALLING VMWARE 6.5.3 on FC 11(Fedora 11) -


                     

                     

                     

                    To install you don't need to kill !!!

                     

                     

                    Just wait it freezes on 62%, go to another bash terminal window and move the file /etc/wmare/database to database_old for example:

                     

                     

                    mv /etc/vmware/database /etc/vmware/database_old

                     

                     

                    and then the installation will unlock, continue and when it finishes you bring back the file

                     

                     

                    mv /etc/vmware/database_old /etc/vmware/database

                     

                     

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                    DONE -


                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    • 22. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                      radikaled Novice

                       

                      After reading the previous posts and seeing VMware Root's post. I have to say it seems like it all comes down to timing.

                       

                       

                      I have tried all the previous methods mentioned but it always seemed like something was missing. Apparently once the installer freezes on 62% you have to immediately move /etc/vmware/database. Key word being immediately. I had another terminal window open with a mv command ready to go right when the installer hit 62%.   

                       

                       

                      • 23. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                        krazyz28 Novice

                        The above post worked for me.  I had to time the move from another console window before it would finish the installation.

                         

                         

                        mv /etc/vmware/database /etc/vmware/database_old

                         

                         

                        Move it back after the installation finishes

                         

                         

                        mv /etc/vmware/database_old /etc/vmware/database

                         

                         

                        Then run

                         

                        vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        Everything works.   

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                        • 24. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                          whitneyp Novice

                           

                          Indeed this worked for me.  Just to be safe, I ran the modconfig  install all command listed in this thread. But I still wonder about the stability and completeness of the install.

                           

                           

                          Paul M. Whitney

                           

                           

                          • 25. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                            DGBrennan Novice

                             

                            This has become a useful thread and it looks like there are a number of ways to slice and dice this install. I assume the many Fedora users will have to try every option outlined above to get 6.5.3 to install. When you do you will not have to worry about it until 6.5.4.

                             

                             

                            The problem we all face is VMWARE's "we don't support Fedora" is going to leave us all in the dark as to why the install really fails.

                             

                             

                            This thread has become a great advert for VirtualBox which I trully didn't know existed until I started it, as VirtualBox does support Fedora and if I was not an owner of a VMWARE Workstation license I would not waste so much time trying to get VMWORKSTATION working.

                             

                             

                            But here is my review:-

                             

                            • The installer is designed to impart lots of eye candy to the user and hide lots of warnings as the product is compiled. When it breaks it hangs. That is not what an installer should do.

                            • When I developed products the idea that when you compiled a module you generated a 100 odd compiler warnings would have had me sent back to my desk.

                            • Clearly Fedora and pulseaudio has still is not support in 6.5.3 so sound is a thing of the past.

                            • The hanging of your VM on shutdown with "Unexpected signal 11" is something we all have to live with.

                             

                            I can only assume that in the Ivory tower that is VMWARE development they don't know how to spell Fedora and if they do they are not allowed to tell us how to fix it.

                             

                             

                               

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                            • 26. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                              radikaled Novice

                              Here here! I've been using VirtualBox since v1.6 and I have to say for a free product it is very refined (getting better all the time) and in terms of features rivals that of VMware Workstation. Unless you are doing some fancy virtual networking you won't even miss VMware Workstation (or even VMware Fusion for that matter). So I encourage everyone getting the shaft to try out VirtualBox. On another note please make a Virtual Infrastructure Client for Linux already!

                              • 27. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                                natan770 Novice

                                 

                                Hi there,

                                 

                                 

                                I'm awfully sorry, have followed these indications, which brought no result. Still freezing. It's not too good, sorry.

                                 

                                 

                                • 28. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                                  whitneyp Novice

                                  In all due fairness to VMware, we are lucky they even provide anything at all for the Fedora/Ubuntu line of products. Fedora after all is just a cooking pot for Red Hat.  If you want "true" supportability, perhaps switching to an official Red Hat distribution, or CentOS, or some other commercial Linux distribution will alleviate the frustration.



                                  I only say this because I just upgraded to Fedora 11, and already Fedora 12 is released in alpha stage. I am just getting comfortable with Fedora 11 and 12 is already around the corner? I think it is unreasonable to expect a commercial company to support these moving targets/hobbyist/cooking pot distributions. Do you see any of the competition doing it? No. For the most part they are sticking to "official" releases only.

                                  VMware in my opinion does not consider Fedora a priority. When they can, they will get to it. But they have bigger fish to fry. I struggle with the ad-hoc workarounds to get the product working, but at least we can still use it without having to pay for a subscription to "officially released" distributions.






                                  Paul M. Whitney

                                  p.s.  I second the motion for Virtual Infrastructure Client for Linux.

                                  • 29. Re: Fedora 11 and Workstation 6.5.2 now working but new 6.5.3 install fails
                                    natan770 Novice

                                     

                                    I dont want to hear about fedora, ubuntu, redhat or whatever. We are LINUX USERS, and need a LINUX version of vmware.

                                     

                                     

                                    Anyway, I've just switched to VBox. At least, the job is done.