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To be frank the VMware Sharing Folders feature on Linux is a bit of a pain to get working at times.
It depends on the linux version / kernel that you are using as VMware Tools is tightly integrated with that.
The general recommendation you see is to use the VMware Tools that is included with your Linux distribution.
Well that might be so, but in my experience you'll be having problems.. like the VMware File Shares not working.
So instead of that my recommendation is to completely remove/purge the VMware Tools that comes with your linux distribution.
For more details, please see the following thread:
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