3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2018 12:49 PM by gecman47

    VMWare CLI Hard Broke on RHEL

    gecman47 Novice

      Title says it all, VMWare CLI is busted on RHEL. It looks like no one has tested it because a vanilla install fails. Follow the official instructions to install (just download the package and run the installer) and the first thing you'll get when you try to run it is:


      /usr/bin/perl: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib64/perl5/auto/XML/LibXML/Common/Common.so: undefined symbol: Perl_Gthr_key_ptr


      There's a post from 2015 about it https://morgajel.net/2015/05/20/1676 that covers everything in gory detail. VMWare says RHEL is supported... is that not the case? It looks like this thing has been busted for upwards of three years now with the same error.


      Edit: I'm testing on CentOS 7.5

        • 1. Re: VMWare CLI Hard Broke on RHEL
          gecman47 Novice

          Update: I tried using CPAN to pull everything by answering no on the installer. You end up with:


          CPAN not able to install following Perl modules on the system. These must be

          installed manually for use by vSphere CLI:


          Class::MethodMaker 2.10 or newer

          • 2. Re: VMWare CLI Hard Broke on RHEL
            gecman47 Novice

            Figured it out. You have to do the following before running the installer:


            yum install e2fsprogs-devel libuuid-devel openssl-devel perl-devel

            yum install glibc.i686 zlib.i686

            yum install perl-XML-LibXML libncurses.so.5 perl-Crypt-SSLeay

            yum group install "Development Tools"


            Then when you are asked if you want to use precompiled modules you want to say yes.


            Edit: The problem was I had to go hunt down the document that had the prereqs for 6.7 specifically. Google searching got me 5 and they've changed to the above.

            • 3. Re: VMWare CLI Hard Broke on RHEL
              gecman47 Novice



              Have continued playing with this. Cannot find any way to connect to the host. I successfully added a host to the cred store by doing the following on a lab box:



              Add yourself to the credentials store:

              /usr/lib/vmware-vcli/apps/general/credstore_admin.pl add --server --username <USERNAME> --password <PASS>



              Get the cert by browsing to:



              Save it to disk



              Run "openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -sha1 -inform pem -in <CERT FILE>" on the file



              That should give you output like: SHA1 Fingerprint=5F:2F:92:8C:F4:19:37:F0:80:B9:27:2F:40:03:B4:2B:E5:0F:24:5D



              Run "/usr/lib/vmware-vcli/apps/general/credstore_admin.pl add --server --thumbprint 5F:2F:92:8C:F4:19:37:F0:80:B9:27:2F:40:03:B4:2B:E5:0F:24:5D" to add the server's thumbprint



              However with esxcli you get:

              [2018-08-11 14:38:45,457 root CRITICAL] Exception:[Errno 8] _ssl.c:480: EOF occurred in violation of protocol

              [2018-08-11 14:38:45,457 root CRITICAL] Traceback (most recent call last):

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/Session.py", line 724, in Login

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/Session.py", line 853, in _GetServiceContent

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/VmomiSupport.py", line 543, in <lambda>

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/VmomiSupport.py", line 352, in _InvokeMethod

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/SoapAdapter.py", line 1235, in InvokeMethod

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/SoapAdapter.py", line 1320, in GetConnection

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/SoapAdapter.py", line 891, in _VerifyThumbprint

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/SoapAdapter.py", line 1350, in ConnectDisableNagle

                 File "/build/mts/release/bora-2503622/bora/build/esxcli/release/build/pyVmomi/SoapAdapter.py", line 948, in connect

                 File "/build/toolchain/lin64/python-2.6.1/lib/python2.6/httplib.py", line 1073, in connect

                 File "/build/toolchain/lin64/python-2.6.1/lib/python2.6/ssl.py", line 350, in wrap_socket

                 File "/build/toolchain/lin64/python-2.6.1/lib/python2.6/ssl.py", line 118, in __init__

                 File "/build/toolchain/lin64/python-2.6.1/lib/python2.6/ssl.py", line 293, in do_handshake

              SSLError: [Errno 8] _ssl.c:480: EOF occurred in violation of protocol


              I've seen that reported in a couple of other places with no fix action.




              I've also tried vmware-cmd. Instead of erroring out it just hangs indefinitely.