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I had the same problem when trying to install Arch+i3wm+vmwaretools(10.1.6)
when invoking vmware-install.pl, I got:
Failed to stop vmware-tools.service or vmware-tools-thinprint.service
After invoking vmware-install.pl with a "Execution Aborted" message.
sudo perl /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl --skip-stop-start
This will allow you to finish your installation/configuration.
You can check that: /etc/init.d/rc0.d and rc6.d have files for you next steps of configuring your guest.
Just had the same issue with an Ubuntu 16.04 guest, then I realized that while installing with defaults (using "sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d"), the init scripts directory was set to "/etc/rc.d" instead of "/etc/init.d", so after setting it manually the installation finished successfully.
Hope this helps!
Thank you - this resolved my problem updating vmware-tools on OpenSuSE 12.1-64 guest running on Win10 host using vmware-desktop.
Who the hell creates 13,000 line perl scripts?