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5.5.3 on 2.6.20 kernels (and Fedora development)

I've managed to 'hack' up a workaround for 2.6.20 kernels that seems to work for me with the latest Fedora Core development kernels.

The following patch to vmmon-only/include/compat_kernel.h 'ifdefs away' the definition of _syscall1(). \[I first tried including 'int' type specifiers in the template, but got complaints that _syscall1() was 'static and unused'.]

I'm not sure if this is really correct, so your mileage may vary. Would appreciate comments from those who know better and who can provide a better fix!

Notice that the comparison is 'strictly less than' to cover Fedora's numbering policy. For non-Fedora systems, probably better to make the comparison 'less than or equal'.

tom

\--- compat_kernel.h 2006-11-13 13:06:18.000000000 -0800

\+++ ../../vmmon-only.20/include/compat_kernel.h 2006-12-22 07:02:59.000000000 -0800

@@ -18,7 +18,9 @@

  • provided by x86-64, arm and other (but not by i386).

*/

#define __NR_compat_exit __NR_exit

+#if LINUX_VERSION_CODE < KERNEL_VERSION(2,6,19)

static inline syscall1(int, compatexit, int, exit_code);

+#endif

/*

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RDPetruska

Used code tags to keep important whitespace in the patch file.

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SideshowMel
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I have the same problem as above...

make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.20-1.2933.fc6-i686'

cp -f vmmon.ko ./../vmmon.o

make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config7/vmmon-only'

Unable to make a vmmon module that can be loaded in the running kernel:

insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config7/vmmon.o': -1 Invalid module format

There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the

set of C header files you specified and your running kernel. You may want to

rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory.

running 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6-i686.

I tried micy suggestion but all those rpm files said already installed. Should I try removing

kernel-devel-2.6.20-1.2933.fc6.i686.rpm

kernel-headers-2.6.20-1.2933.fc6.i386.rpm

gcc-4.1.1-51.fc6

gcc-c++-4.1.1-51.fc6

with YUM first them install using rpm -Uvh file.rpm?

I'm using the vmware-any-any-update109 and VMware-server-1.0.2-39867.tar.gz and I feel ike I'm SO close! Anybody have any suggestions?

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SideshowMel
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BTW, I had followed these instructions:

http://www.howtoforge.com/vmware_server_fedora_core_6

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martijnmoret
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BTW, I had followed these instructions:

http://www.howtoforge.com/vmware_server_fedora_core_6

Can you post the output of 'uname -a'

Regards

Martijn

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SideshowMel
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\[root@localhost Towlie]# uname -a

Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 #1 SMP Mon Mar 19 10:42:48 EDT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

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galderz
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I get a similar error:

"make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.20-1.2933.fc6-i686'

cp -f vmmon.ko ./../vmmon.o

make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config5/vmmon-only'

Unable to make a vmmon module that can be loaded in the running kernel:

insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config5/vmmon.o': -1 Invalid module format

There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the

set of C header files you specified and your running kernel. You may want to

rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory."

uname -a:

Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 #1 SMP Mon Mar 19 10:42:48 EDT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

dmesg shows:

"vmmon: version magic '2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 SMP mod_unload 686 4KSTACKS ' should be '2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 SMP mod_unload 586 4KSTACKS '

i've installed VMware-workstation-5.5.3-34685.i386.rpm and the error came up while applying vmware-any-any-update109.tar.gz.

I have the following installed:

kernel-2.6.20-1.2933.fc6.586

kernel-devel-2.6.20-1.2933.fc6-i686

kernel-headers-2.6.20-1.2933.fc6-i386

I guess it could be that the kernel-devel package is for the wrong platform, 686 instead of 586. However, when I go to the package manager, I can't see the 586 version, how could I install that one?

Cheers

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galderz
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actually, just answered myself Smiley Happy

uninstalled kernel-devel for 686 and I was then able to select the 586 one.

./runme/pl worked fine now :smileygrin:

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SideshowMel
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hmmm,

I'm using kernel-2.6.20-1.2933.fc6.i686 so i don't know if that will work for me. should I try it, though?

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SideshowMel
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Well, that did it, and I got:

The configuration of VMware Server 1.0.2 build-39867 for Linux for this running

kernel completed successfully.

but I still have a problem:

The VMWARE Server Console does not appear under Applications > System Tools. I'm using Gnome. any help?

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SideshowMel
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I have also now confirmed that VMware is properly working.

Thanks for the help.

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javahollic
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following patch above now works fine in Fiesty 2.6.20-15,

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Jabberwoki
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Hi I am running kubuntu fiesty kernel 2.6.20-15-generic , I have tried installing vmware using thge "any-any-update...etc" file, I made a fresh install of vmware-server version 1.0.3-44356, did not run vmware-config.pl strait away but ran the runme.pl file from the patch the ran vmware-config.pl and got the same old output.

Here is the output from vmware-config.pl

**************************************************

Building the vmmon module.

Building for VMware Server 1.0.0.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.

make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only'

make -C /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules

make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.20-15-generic'

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.o

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/common/cpuid.o

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/common/hash.o

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/common/memtrack.o

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/common/phystrack.o

CC /tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only/common/task.o

gcc: error trying to exec 'cc1plus': execvp: No such file or directory

make[2]: *** Error 1

make[1]: *** \[_module_/tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only] Error 2

make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.20-15-generic'

make: *** \[vmmon.ko] Error 2

make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon-only'

Unable to build the vmmon module.

For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please

visit our Web site at "http://www.vmware.com/download/modules/modules.html" and

"http://www.vmware.com/support/reference/linux/prebuilt_modules_linux.html".

Execution aborted.

***************************************************

I also tried the method of commenting out the line in compat-kernel-h file in the vmon.tar archive then ran vmware-config.pl again, same result as above. Although when I tried this I had vmware instaled in my home dir (which I really would like to do for upgrade purposes, I have a working version installed on mepis 6.0). Maybe trying this method again now (as I have the default install) might help?

any suggestions?

Thanks

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RDPetruska
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1. You may encounter different issues with compatibility than mentioned here in the Workstation forum, in a thread about Workstation 5.5.3; compared to your VMware Server 1.0.3.

>gcc: error trying to exec 'cc1plus': execvp: No such file or directory

2. In order to use the vmware-any-any-update patch, you must have the development tools (make), gcc, AND the gcc-c++ packages installed. The above error says you do not have gcc-c++ installed.

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Jabberwoki
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Thanks for the tip

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Jabberwoki
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well I installed g++4.1 and deps the ran config and discovered I also needed to install xinetd which I did then ran vmware-config.pl and it installed perfectly well I say perfect but so far I have only logged into localhost with vmware server console.

for anyone trying to replicate this bear in mind I initially did a default install then used the "vmware-any-any-update109.tar.gz" hack before running vmware-config.pl

Now I would like to try installing to my home directory!

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ScottGny3
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To add my $.02..

This was also a problem on Fedora with kernel 2613.

The 109 update fixed the issue...

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dtdionne
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Ok, I give, I give....WHERE IN THE HE11 ARE THE UPDATES!!! Where do I download them from, and please don't give me a riddle, im tired of looking and im very late, so please...

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RDPetruska
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Download Petr's vmware-any-any-update patch from http://platan.vc.cvut.cz/ftp/pub/vmware/

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KevinG
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You the vmware-any-any-update113.tar.gz, extract to empty directory or /tmp

cd vmware-any-any-update113

sudo ./runme.pl

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