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akreitman
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Linux VMware Tools Supported RPM Installation

   I'd like to install VMware tools for ESXi 5 without having a gnu tool chain on my linux system.  Its a red hat like linux (actually it's embedded WindRiver linux, with is linux except it doesn't crash all the time).    Is there an esxi 5 rpm install I can try?  If not, what is the precise minimum tool set, library and header files I'll need to install?

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VTsukanov
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You can try to use rpm from the site VMware tools latest for your kernel

But I prefer to install vmware tools c using a script vmware-install.pl

I do not know the package manager your distro, but if it's yum, you can try to do following
1) Install packages to build the kernel modules

yum install gcc kernel-devel

2) Check the running kernel matches the kernel headers

uname -r             # running kernel
rpm -q kernel-devel  # installed kernel headers

3) If the two versions do not match, run

yum -y upgrade kernel kernel-devel
reboot

4) Find out where the kernel headers are (you may need this later)

ls -d /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)*/include

And the actual installation

5) In menu VM go to "Install VMware Tools"

6) From the VM: mount the virtual cd drive

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/
7) Extract VMware Tools to /tmp
tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/VMwareTools-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz
😎 Unmount the virtual cd drive
umount /mnt
9) Now run the installer
cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl
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