9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 19, 2014 5:23 AM by pepelegalbr

    Missing Files HGFS Shared Folder in Ubuntu 13.10 x64 Guest

    webmonarch Lurker

      I am trying to use a shared folder between my linux host an my Ubuntu 13.10 x64 guest...but, I am noticing that files are missing!  The files are not completely missing.  I can `stat` them by name, but they don't show up in `ls` or similar. 

       

      I think the best way to show the problem is with a sample shell session:

       

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# pwd

      /mnt/hgfs/vmshared

       

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# echo newfile >> newfile


      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# ls

      # EXPECTED: to see a file


      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# echo newfile2 >> newfile2

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# ls

      newfile2

      # EXPECTED: see both newfile and newfile2, only see newfile2


      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# cat newfile2

      newfile2


      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# cat newfile

      newfile

      # The file is there, even though it doesn't show in ls


      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# touch somethingelse

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# ls

      newfile2

      # EXPECTED: to see newfile, newfile2, and somethingelse

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# cat somethingelse

      # File is there...empty...


      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# cat notafile

      cat: notafile: No such file or directory

      # Expected error for a non-existing file

       

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# touch somemore

      vm-guest:/mnt/hgfs/vmshared# ls

      newfile  newfile2

      # newfile eventually showed...but now not others.

       

      This is very weird behavior.  I DO NOT see the same behavior with a Windows 8 guest running on the same Linux host.  I am guessing it's something wrong with the vmware-tools on Linux?  This is obviously frustrating to anyone actually trying to accomplish something.

       

      Help and suggestions appreciated.

       

      cheers, eric