View Full Version : [ubuntu] Header files do not match uname -r

September 4th, 2008, 09:12 AM
Hey guys,

I am trying to install vmware server on hardy herron but have come to a stop when i got the selecting the header files. Basically, my uname will tell me this :


However, when I want to point the inlstallation to my header files there are only these installed :

don@pluto:~$ ls -la /usr/src
total 3476
drwxrwsr-x 8 root src 4096 2008-09-03 17:51 .
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 2008-03-20 07:17 ..
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root src 33 2008-09-03 17:51 linux -> ./linux-headers-2.6.24-17-generic
drwxr-xr-x 20 root root 4096 2008-06-05 08:33 linux-headers-2.6.24-18
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 2008-06-05 08:33 linux-headers-2.6.24-18-generic
drwxr-xr-x 20 root root 4096 2008-09-01 18:12 linux-headers-2.6.24-19
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 2008-09-01 18:12 linux-headers-2.6.24-19-generic
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 2008-05-31 20:30 rpm
drwxr-sr-x 10 root src 4096 2008-06-27 17:59 tora-1.3.22
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 19723 2007-12-12 21:03 tora_1.3.22-5.diff.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 776 2007-12-12 21:03 tora_1.3.22-5.dsc
-rw-r--r-- 1 root src 3496227 2007-10-29 07:03 tora_1.3.22.orig.tar.gz

Also, when i try to install the versions of the headers for my kernel it fails becuase there are none that match. So, my question is: can i just upgrade the kernel is is there a place that i can download the correct headers. This is just a little strange as this is the only pc that is having this problem as the others have more recent headers and i did not have a problem?

thanks in advance

September 10th, 2008, 11:38 PM
bump.... no help for this???

September 11th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Have you tried booting in to the latest kernel? You have the headers for -2.6.24-19-generic listed. You may need to update grub to reflect the latest kernel.


September 11th, 2008, 03:09 AM
Sounds like you've updated the kernel but you are booting into an older one (were you having problems with it an reverted?). Interrupt the boot process and select a newer kernel. You should then be able to complete the vmware server install.

September 11th, 2008, 03:14 AM
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

September 22nd, 2008, 08:45 AM
Hey Guys,

thanks for the help but how do you update the kernal headers and what would i update them to?

and when i run the update headers it looks for the old version and does not find it.. i would prefer to update to the newer version if possible?

donkey@pluto:/usr/share/sqldeveloper$ uname -r
[1]+ Done ./sqldeveloper.sh
donkey@pluto:/usr/share/sqldeveloper$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package linux-headers-2.6.24-17-generic is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package linux-headers-2.6.24-17-generic has no installation candidate