I know it's not a supported linux, but generally it works well.
The install itself went fine, but upon trying to start any vmware program I get the following errors.
and it exits.
same error here, but the 'vmware' binary brings the workstation window,
impossible to enter the evaluation key, get license or register - none oif the buttons work:
2.6.39-gentoo-r3, 64bit SMP PREEMPT
It is not supportd Linux distro, true, and probably never will be since of its nature... but this seems like a bug in the VM WS 8 and sooner or later will appear in other, "up-to-date" distros...
I will try to load the 32 bit release on an "older" GENTOO box... will post results
kernel: gentoo-2.6.36 32 bit
gcc 4 4.3
services started OK, as on 64 bit but during 'vmware' start, no graphical interface, just error on the console:
vermagic: 2.6.38-gentoo-r6 SMP mod_unload 586
Logging to /tmp/vmware-root/modconfig-7148.log
process 7143: Attempt to remove filter function 0xb1d059f0 user data 0xb84621e0, but no such filter has been added
also, on some systems, in the /etc/init.d/vmware script change /sbin/lsmod to /bin/lsmod ( 2 instances - excluding the coments )
is there any way of creating a license file containing the license key? (since I am not able to use the graphical inteface's "Enter License Key" option.)
the file location is probably /etc/vmware or /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/user
all info I found on-line apply to other vmware products...
anyone running linux here? Thanks!
Can you clarify why you're unable to use "Enter License Key"? Are you only getting the assertion when you try to do this?
Hi, Thanks for your reply,
every time I hit "Enter License Key" button I get :
in the console - no window appears to enter the key....
As far as creating a new Guest, it looks good, the customization "wizard" finishes fine and a guest VM is created... but I am unable to start it without the license....
In general, if you're a significant user of workstation on gentoo, one should: a) use layman and add the vmware overlay to your make.conf (google "gentoo layman overlay" for howto) b) log issues via the gentoo bug tracker at bugs.gentoo.org c) for major new releases of workstation, you'll probably want to wait a week or two for the gentoo vmware team to test and put out an ebuild Workstation 7.1.4 is currently in great shape for gentoo atm, I suspect 8.0 will also eventually be the same...we just have to figure out what vmware changed in this release. Note that the main portage tree can fall significantly behind the vmware overlay, so if you're an early adopter the overlay is definitely the way to go. Feel free to email me at email@example.com 🙂
thank you mattm,
I tried 7.1.4 & layman ( seden ) to load vmware-modules on 2.6.39 kernel... all fine, it prompts for the license fine...
You are right, waiting a few days for an ebuild is an option, but on the other hand I do like to dig a bit deeper to solve some issues...
In this case one of the 'possible options / workaround' ( I guess ) would be installing a 'supported' version of Linux ( on kvm of course ) and moving the licensing info back to gentoo to the proper location... and hopefully it will work...
the "vthreadBase.c:674" errmsg I am getting ( and others ) does not help me in any case to continue troubleshooting... I will wait for results of research of the "guru's" @gentoo.org
if it is dependency related, something like Gtk (?)... VMware will have to fix this anyway since Ubuntu and the rest will upgrade their stuff at one point... ( and this is another guess )
I will follow VMware related threads on forums.gentoo and here...
Thank you again mattm - and have a good evening!
Hi rswelch and fellow gentooers,
Which version of libselinux are you at? In particular, we've seen this error previously as a result of a TLS bug in libselinux which we believe was fixed with libselinux-2.0.100. I can't be 100% sure it's the cause in this case, but it's definitely worth checking.
Well I don't even have selinux installed so I don't think that's it. I suspect a thread issue since looking at the open-vm-tools (though not the latest ) I think must be using the same code. oddities with pthread_setspecific() I would guess, but that's merely a guess.
I'm also running 2.6.39-gentoo-r3 SMP kernel on a i7-2820QM with glibc 2.12.2, gcc 4.4.5, kde 4.6.5
On my desktop machine I have been running the workstation-7.1.4 layman with no problems. But figured since 8.0 was out I'd give it a run on my laptop.
Hi, same here, libselinux was not installed and VMw 7.x was fine, 8.0 does show the same error without libselinux and with the latest libselinux 2.1.0 - seems to be independent.
I was able to install VMw 8.0 on Ubuntu 9.10, install and enter the license, than move the "license-ws-80-471780" file to /etc/vmware on Gentoo - it worked... and I am able to start VMs... I noticed also, that on Ubuntu, the installer starts in Gtk UI ( default behavior ), on Gentoo, the test for Gtk or X version during the installation might not pass properly to spawn the graphical installer - this also might be related to errors we are getting ( in different locations but still the same errors )
rswelch : we are running quite similar configurations, my first guess is Gtk, and in my case I am able to start the interface...
what version of gtk is your system running?
on my box:
The installer not going into Gtk, and the interface not starting "might" be related to Gtk release... ( ? )
Darius did point out a possible TLS problem... I looked up vthreadBase.c in open-vm-tools-2011.08.21-471295 and it very well might be related to the TLS version... may be even a better guess then Gtk....
on my system:
rswetch - I think I was able to reproduce your 'vmware' start problem:
I got this by switching to an older 4.4.6 gcc and re-installing vmware ws 8.0 :
# gcc-config -l
 x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-4.4.6 *
look in the /tmp/vmware-root directory, there is several log files, choose the latest apploader-xxxxx.log file and go to the last line...
2011-09-16T15:36:39.086-05:00| appLoader| W110: Unable to load dependencies for /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmware-modconfig.so/libvmware-modconfig.so
2011-09-16T15:36:39.086-05:00| appLoader| W110: Unable to execute /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-modconfig.
if you execute : /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-modconfig
you should get the same "Panic loop" error.... upgrading GCC to ie. 4.5.2 might solve the start problem...
in vthreadBase.c the dev comments are mentioning buggy 4.1 compilers... this might be a similar case....
if I use the 4.5.2, I am able to install and start vmware with no issue... but still a "workaround" for "Enter License Code" button is needed....
Interesting....quite a number of gentoo deployments are still using gcc 4.4.5 so definitely a good catch here.
I have for gtk:
I was able to install vmware *with* the gui installer on this machine.
tls as shown in the vThreadbase would relate to thread local storage. I suspect something is coming back unexpected from a pthread call.
addedd 4.5.2 to my system. It now comes up, again with the license entry issue, but that seems to be easy to deal with.
Will try to see if doing a complete rebuild with 4.5.2 solves that issue. Good thing the machine is quick...
Will let you all know if that happens to solve that last issue.
tried a complete rebuild of the system with emerge -e after upgrading gcc....
still is impossible to enter the licence code
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There is now an ebuild for vmware workstation 8 live in the vmware overlay. I haven't checked who committed it or how much testing it has received, but you probably want to try it out and see if it helps.
Just tried the overlay and it doesn't address it yet....
tried the overlay after uninstalling vmware-workstation and modules but no cigar. The situation is even worse : it installs it without problems but then the gui fails to start. If i install using the bundle everything installs fine but i cannot enter the licence key.... I never cracked vmware i would like to use the licence in a regular way. Is there anyone that can explain me what does this error actually mean ?
I was able to get pass this error message by upgrading my gcc from 4.4.5 to 4.5.3-r1 (please do follow the upgrade guide). The 4.5.3-r1 apparently was entered into stable this morning.
emerge -pv sys-devel/gcc
* IMPORTANT: 2 config files in '/etc/portage' need updating.
* See the CONFIGURATION FILES section of the emerge
* man page to learn how to update config files.
These are the packages that would be merged, in order:
Calculating dependencies... done!
[ebuild R ] sys-devel/gcc-4.5.3-r1 USE="fortran gtk mudflap (multilib) nls nptl openmp (-altivec) -bootstrap -build -doc (-fixed-point) -gcj -graphite (-hardened) (-libffi) -lto -multislot -nocxx -nopie -nossp -objc -objc++ -objc-gc -test -vanilla" 0 kB
yes now that I emerged -e system world successfully i have the gui but no cigar with the enter-licence-key button......
ls -la vmware-enter-serial
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 29 Sep 21 15:37 vmware-enter-serial -> /usr/lib/vmware/bin/appLoader