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    Install VMWare 1.0.7 in Ubuntu 8.10


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    Introduction

    Well, just to clarify, installation of VMWare is dependent on the version of your Linux kernel, not so much the version of Ubuntu (although obviously there is a relationship between the two).

    I would also like to thank all the people who offered solutions to problems, in particular Kang and nthrbldyblg.

    This how-to works for server 1.0.7 / workstation 5.5.x and both 32 and 64 bit hosts.

    Lets do it

    1. Prep ~ Install the needed tools.
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xinetd
      *64 bit users only*
      In addition install ia32-libs (ia32-libs is in universe so you may need to enable the repository) :
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
      Note: Some users reported the need to install additional dependencies :
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install libxtst6 libxt6 libxrender1
      ~ Thanks SirMADOG and whitegourd
    2. Download vmware server (be sure to obtain a serial number) Place in an installation directory ( I use ~/src/VMWare).

      Code:
      mkdir -p ~/src/VMWare #Download VMWare files here

    3. Extract and run the VMWare Server installer.
      Code:
      cd ~/src/VMWare
      tar xzf VMware-server-1.0.7-108231.tar.gz
      
      cd ~/src/VMWare/vmware-server-distrib 
      sudo ./vmware-install.pl
      Stop the installer (answer "no") when it asks if you wish to run "vmware-config.pl". If you continue with the installation at this point it will do not harm, it will just terminate with an error (see next step).

      ~ Thanks mandavi and GuruX
    4. Install and run the patch from Kang. See This (Launchpad) bug report.

      Download the patch from here : vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz

      Thank you Kang.

      Again, save it in ~/src/VMWare

      Extract the patch ("update")
      Code:
      tar xzf vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz
    5. Install the patch (which will install VMWare server as well).

      Code:
      cd vmware-update
      sudo ./run-me
      This will patch vmware and start the installer. Unless you know what you are doing, select the defaults and Enter your serial # during the installation..

      That is it.


    Well, almost ...

    There is an issue with the keyboard as well. See this blog for details (and the solution).

    Thanks nthrbldyblg.

    Basically, using any editor (gedit), put this into ~/.vmware/config :

    Note: For some reason it is confusing people (my mistake ), the file "~/.vmware/config" does not exist by default, you need to create it.

    Using any editor make a file ~/.vmware/config
    The directory ~/.vmware *should* exist, but the "config" file does not.
    Add the following text (from the VMWare forums):

    Code:
    xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = TRUE
    WARNING: The 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' configuration breaks the Unity feature on VMWare Workstation! Use the alternate solution below.

    Old solution (I left this in the event the "new" configuration does not work, you do not need to do this if the above solution works).
    Code:
    xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R
     xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide
     xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter
     xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up
     xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down
     xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left
     xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right
     xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R
     xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert
     xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete
     xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home
     xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End
     xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior
     xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next
     xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock
     xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause
     xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L
     xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R
     xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu
    Thanks nthrbldyblg
    Last edited by bodhi.zazen; December 4th, 2008 at 09:06 PM.
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    Thanks for the quick fix.

    Just a note: .vmware folder doesn't have a file named config in it so we have to create one for the keystroke data. Works great, but I did have to add this line to the /etc/fstab file to get VMware to show my USBs:

    Code:
    usbfs   /proc/bus/usb   usbfs   auto   0   0
    I can't say if it is necessary in all cases, but it has been for mine.
    Last edited by fjgaude; November 1st, 2008 at 05:04 PM. Reason: added the info re USBs
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    Quote Originally Posted by fjgaude View Post
    Thanks for the quick fix.

    Just a note: .vmware folder doesn't have a file named config in it so we have to create one for the keystroke data. Works great, but I did have to add this line to the /etc/fstab file to get VMware to show my USBs:

    Code:
    usbfs   /proc/bus/usb   usbfs   auto   0   0
    I can't say if it is necessary in all cases, but it has been for mine.
    As usual, thank you once again figaude.
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    If you get an error message saying:

    Code:
    Unable to open the installer database /etc/vmware/locations in read-mode.
    
    Execution aborted.
    start to install the unpachted VMWare untill you get an error message and run the update after that. Only than it worked for me.
    Last edited by mandavi; November 1st, 2008 at 09:48 PM. Reason: more precise

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    Quote Originally Posted by mandavi View Post
    If you get an error message saying:

    Code:
    Unable to open the installer database /etc/vmware/locations in read-mode.
    
    Execution aborted.
    start to install the unpachted VMWare untill you get an error message and run the update after that. Only than it worked for me.
    I had kind of the same problem. The trick is to first run the vmware-install.pl. But do NOT let it invoke the vmware-config.pl for you. Choose no and instead run the runme.pl from the vmware-update patch.

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    Quote Originally Posted by mandavi View Post
    If you get an error message saying:

    Code:
    Unable to open the installer database /etc/vmware/locations in read-mode.
    
    Execution aborted.
    start to install the unpachted VMWare untill you get an error message and run the update after that. Only than it worked for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by GuruX View Post
    I had kind of the same problem. The trick is to first run the vmware-install.pl. But do NOT let it invoke the vmware-config.pl for you. Choose no and instead run the runme.pl from the vmware-update patch.
    Thank you both as well, I updated the how-to
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    Yeah I ran this and it never accepts any of the serials I have from VMware.

    I love this error message:

    The process exited with an error:
    /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx: error while loading shared libraries: libXtst.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory End of error message.


    After some Googledrudging I got this guide:
    http://www.rasyid.net/2008/07/09/usr...red-libraries/

    so I ran: apt-get install libxtst6

    Still won't let me put in a valid serial

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    I had to install additional items as well as the patch to get vmware server to work on 8.10

    apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xinetd libxtst6 libxt6 libxrender1
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    when trying to install the patch i get this

    theninja@ninja:~$ tar xzf vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz
    tar: vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
    theninja@ninja:~$

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 1.0.7 with Ubuntu 8.10

    Quote Originally Posted by SirMADOG View Post
    Yeah I ran this and it never accepts any of the serials I have from VMware.

    I love this error message:

    The process exited with an error:
    /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx: error while loading shared libraries: libXtst.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory End of error message.


    After some Googledrudging I got this guide:
    http://www.rasyid.net/2008/07/09/usr...red-libraries/

    so I ran: apt-get install libxtst6

    Still won't let me put in a valid serial
    Quote Originally Posted by whitegourd View Post
    I had to install additional items as well as the patch to get vmware server to work on 8.10

    apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xinetd libxtst6 libxt6 libxrender1
    Thanks you two, I added that information in.

    Quote Originally Posted by carpe diem View Post
    when trying to install the patch i get this

    theninja@ninja:~$ tar xzf vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz
    tar: vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
    theninja@ninja:~$
    My guess is a corrupt down load, try downloading the patch again
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