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    Exclamation Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Hi folks,

    the latest 7.10 kernel (linux7 2.6.22-15-generic) broke my vmware server. It halts with could not open /dev/vmmon. Booting from 2.6.22-14 it is working fine.

    The vmware server is 1.0.4 build-56528 (installed using only the repositories)

    From older posts, I tried sudo vmware-config.pl but I got

    sudo: vmware-config.pl: command not found

    Does someone has any tip on how to fix this problem?

    Thanks in advance,
    Josir Gomes

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    I can help with running the vmware-config.pl
    cd to /usr/bin
    then sudo ./vmware-config.pl

    however I can also tell you this might not fix the problem. My vmware server is not running even after rerunning the vmware-config.pl command

    davekenny

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Same problem here.
    Complete removal and reinstall has not worked for me either.
    Haven't had much time to troubleshoot beyond that yet.
    Anyone get it going again?

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    If you installed first time around with vmware-any-any-update115 or something like that you need to run the runme.pl file in that program, after you cd to the directory and use ./ before the command.
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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Never ran the vmware-any-any-update115 myself.
    Just used the vmware-server package from the repository.

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Quote Originally Posted by josir View Post
    Hi folks,

    the latest 7.10 kernel (linux7 2.6.22-15-generic) broke my vmware server. It halts with could not open /dev/vmmon. Booting from 2.6.22-14 it is working fine.

    The vmware server is 1.0.4 build-56528 (installed using only the repositories)

    From older posts, I tried sudo vmware-config.pl but I got

    sudo: vmware-config.pl: command not found

    Does someone has any tip on how to fix this problem?

    Thanks in advance,
    Josir Gomes
    Installing from the repositories is not a good option. VMWare's latest update with security and bug fixes is 1.0.6 as of 23rd June.

    See the sticky in this forum to install VMWare Server. If you are using 64-bit go here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=826626

    It will work with Gutsy too.
    Report Ubuntu bugs here: Ubuntu Launchpad.
    Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 32-bit Desktop

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Quote Originally Posted by gtdaqua View Post
    Installing from the repositories is not a good option.
    Then what is the point of having package management? I realize you are stating what currently works but that isn't really the way a functioning system should operate.

    From my point of view I want to use software from the repositories. If too many packages, such as VMWare, don't exist or are broken in the repositories then I'll have to look for an alternative OS. The repositories are one of the key areas that Ubuntu really shines as compared to Windows.

    So back on topic.

    The Kernel update appears to have broken many different systems.

    The Kubuntu forums have an interesting post:

    vmware-server not working after kernel update
    http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/inde...opic=3095628.0

    Which seems to point to this:
    Kernel Vulnerability in Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Upgrade Now!
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Kerne...ow-87195.shtml

    ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change, the kernel packages have a new version number, which will force you to reinstall and recompile all third-party kernel modules you might have installed. For example, after the upgrade to the above version of your kernel package, a software such as VirtualBox will not work anymore, therefore you must recompile the kernel module by issuing a specific command in the terminal. Moreover, if you use the linux-restricted-modules package, you have to update it as well to get modules which work with the new Linux kernel version.
    So the question is how/when will the repository get fixed.
    Last edited by doug-M; June 25th, 2008 at 09:39 AM.

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    For anyone else that might hit this thread. After upgrading from Kernel 2.6.22-14 to 2.6.22-15 the symptoms I saw were:


    Trying to start or restore a virtual machine gave the error:
    Code:
    Unable to change virtual machine power state:
    The process exited with an error: End of error message.
    Trying to reinstall vmware-server gave:
    Code:
    E: vmware-server: 
    subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    In the details:
    Code:
    Starting VMware services:
       Virtual machine monitor                                            failed
       Virtual ethernet                                                   failed
    Module vmnet is not loaded.  Please verify that it is loaded before
    running this script.

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    Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Choosing to boot the 2.6.22-14 kernel with GRUB during startup (hit ESC for the menu). Allows VMWare to work again.

    Unfortunately in my case many other modules were updated for the 2.6.22-15 kernel and they don't work with the 14 kernel, for example NVidia drivers.

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    Angry Re: Latest 7.10 kernel update broke vmware

    Hi folks, at least I know this is not happening only to me

    About the repositories: I prefers also to use the repository and I agree that this is the Ubuntu main advantage over other distributions and other OSes.

    But... vmware is a closed application and I think Canonical and other developers are "priorizing" their efforts on open source apps like kvm and virtualbox.

    But... vmware has a huge users base and people should be warned that if we upgrade to new kernel, vmware will stop to work. That's one of the advantages o use repositories, right?

    Well, after this repositories talk, let's go back to the main thread:

    Does anybody recommends a good tutorial on how to install a vmware server 1.06 on Ubuntu Feisty?

    I will also try virtualbox either - some folks told me that virtualbox is better than vmware...

    PS: When are they going to fix the repository ? As any other bugs, we have to post this problem on lauchpad bug tracking - after that they will classify the problem and suggests the solution.

    Thanks for all comments,
    Josir Gomes

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