have you tried this with ubuntu 16.04?
I have not yet tried ubuntu 16.04. Its still very fresh of the press but will give it a go.
Please try to remove open-vm-tools from ubuntu guest os and install bundled VMware tools manually.
Because hgfs is not included in open-vm-tools before open-vm-tools version 10.
Please try in ubuntu terminal, enter: sudo apt-get purge open-vmn-tools open-vm-tools-desktop
Then open-vm-tools can be removed.
None of this works for me on either Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04.
I have done "sudo apt-get purge open-vmn-tools open-vm-tools-desktop", and after unpacking the VMware tools tarball from the CDROM, "sudo ./vmware-install.pl".
On both Ubuntu versions, during vmware-install.pl it gets compile errors in vmhgfs.
How can this be fixed?
There was a typo: open-vmn-tools => open-vm-tools. It was correct when I typed it in Ubuntu, incorrect only in this forum.
Welcome to the VMware communities.
hgfs is controlled by VMware tools, These type of issues are almost always due to a broken VMware Tools install.
For the ubuntu, follow these steps:
Reboot guest OS
In the terminal type: vmware-toolbox-cmd -v to check the open-vm-tools is really uninstall successfully.(if uninstall, it cannot find the command)
Install VMware Tools
Reboot guest OS.
In the terminal type: vmware-toolbox-cmd -v to check the vmware-tools is install successfully.
Note: if your still doesn't work, please let me know, I will provide more details.