Problems compiling vmtools on Oracle Linux 5.7

Problems compiling vmtools on Oracle Linux 5.7

Installing vmtools on a Oracle Linux 5.7 (formally a rebranded Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.7) I found following compiling error:

Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
No module ehci-hcd found for kernel 2.6.32-200.13.1.el5uek, aborting.
ERROR: "/sbin/mkinitrd -f  --with=vmxnet   --with=vmxnet3   --with=vmw_pvscsi
Broadcast message from root (tty1) (Tue Nov 15 08:50:05 2011):
/boot/initrd-2.6.32-200.13.1.el5uek.img 2.6.32-200.13.1.el5uek" exited with non-zero status.
The system is going down for reboot NOW!
Your system currently may not have a functioning init image and may not boot
properly.  DO NOT REBOOT!  Please ensure that you have enough free space

#>uname -a

2.6.32-200.13.1.el5uek #1 SMP Wed Jul 27 21:02:33 EDT 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

this compiling error depending on ehci-hcd ohci-hcd uhci-hcd builtin on Kernel.

to fix add these lines to /usr/bin/

starting from line 6479:


>       #Fix builtin module compiling
>       $content .= " --builtin=ehci-hcd --builtin=ohci-hcd --builtin=uhci-hcd  ";

# vim /usr/bin/

add line in bold starting from line 6479


foreach my $key (@gRamdiskModules) {
      if ($style eq 'redhat') {
        $content .= " --with=" . get_module_name($key) . "  ";

        #Fix builtin module compiling

        $content .= " --builtin=ehci-hcd --builtin=ohci-hcd --builtin=uhci-hcd  ";

      } else {
        $content .=  get_module_name($key) . ' ';


Hope to be useful!

Massimo "Break" Biagi Smiley Happy


...this problem is also using VMware Tools tarball-based tools not the rpm (as described on the VMware note).

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