thug
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Linux Guest Cannot Mount /mnt/hgfs "no such device"

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Upgraded to 1.1.2 today. Updated VMWare Tools. Ran vmware-config-tools.pl. Rebooted. Now, Fusion won't mount /mnt/hgfs (was working fine before upgrade).

I have verified /etc/fstab is correct (the upgrade overwrote it, BTW). Running the command vmware-hgfsclient shows my defined share point on the Mac. Using "mount /mnt/hgfs" reports "no such device" even though the directory does exist.

Any help is greatly appreciated. I use this VM work and I'm stuck!

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rcardona2k
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This issue is fixed in Fusion 1.1.3, according to the Release Notes.

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ddc74
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I'm experiencing the same exact problem with a linux VM that worked previous to 1.1.2 as well.

I went ahead and created a whole new VM from scratch and it has the same problem. I'm running CentOS 5.1 if that helps.

-D

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thug
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Interesting. I'm using CentOS 4.6. I wonder if its a RH/CentOS issue or if that's just a red herring.

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admin
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What distro and kernel are you using?

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neptune2000
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Same for me: broken under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Works OK in Ubuntu 7.10.

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thug
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CentOS 4.6, kernel 2.6.9-67.0.7ELsmp

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neptune2000
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BTW, I can clearly see the message:

Mounting HGFS FAILED

during RHEL5 boot.

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ddc74
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CentOS 5.1, using kernel 2.6.18-53.1.14.el5

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neptune2000
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, kernel release 2.6.18-53.1.14.el5

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admin
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Thanks for reporting this. I'm told the pre-built HGFS modules are simply broken. We're trying to figure out the best way to fix this.

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isv
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Any idea when this issue will be fixed?

I'm on RHEL 5.1 client and after upgrading to 1.1.2 hgfs is inoperative. Is there an easy way to downgrade back to 1.1.1?

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rcardona2k
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The VMware Tools are stored in ISO files under /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/isoimages. If you can install Fusion 1.1.1 or have another installation of Fuson on another Mac, copy the linux.iso from the directory above, rename it to LinuxTools111.iso and attach it as a regular CD image to your Linux machine under 1.1.2.

In your Linux VM with the 1.1.2 Tools, as root, run /usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl Then connect the v1.1.1 Linux Tools ISO, and install the Tools package under /mnt/cdrom.

ddc74
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Is there any idea of how long this will take to fix?

Also, you mentioned the pre-built hgfs is the part that is broken. Is there a way to manually create hgfs without the X-win application?

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thug
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Rather than having to install the old version, move files, etc, etc... would it be possible for someone there to provide us with the 1.1.1 tools ISO image? I don't have time to do a bunch of installing/uninstalling right now. That image is running a DB I need for development, and I have a lot to get done today.

Thanks!

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rcardona2k
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Sorry, I mispoke, you don't have to install Fusion 1.1.1 to get the old Tools. Just re-download Fusion 1.1.1 from the Fusion downloads page and download Pacifist. Pacifist will let you extract the ISO from the installer package. With Pacifist navigate to:

Contents of VMware-Fusion-1.1.1.dmg > Install Vmware Fusion.app > Contents > Resources > Contents Of Install Vmware Fusion.pkg > Library > Application Support > VMware Fusion > isoimages.

Extract linux.iso and you're set.

thug
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Thanks for the quick reply.

OK, I've got the .iso extracted, moved and mounted under the guest OS; however, I have no vmware-uninstall-tools.pl. The only script in the directory is vmware-config-tools.pl

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rcardona2k
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The uninstall script is present in /usr/bin if you've installed any version of VMware Tools. On the ISO CD image, it's probably embedded in the tar.gz or .rpm file. For me /usr/bin is my PATH, so I would only have to type vmware-uninstall-tools.pl. I would try that first.

Otherwise you can untar the Tools package and hunt for the uninstall Tools script in there.

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thug
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No luck. Smiley Sad

Removed the old tools, mounted the 1.1.1 tools image, installed, configured, rebooted... same problem. I'm getting "Failed" messages on mount at boot, and "No such device" when trying to mount manually once booted.

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thug
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Anyone able to successfully install and run the 1.1.1 version tools under 1.1.2 per rcardona2k's instructions?

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thug
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rcardona2k:

1) Any progress on a fix, or an idea of how long it will take?

2) In the meantime, is there another method for the guest to reach the host's files? SSHFS maybe?

Thanks.

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