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    every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    Hello all;

    I have VMware workstation running on my Ubuntu box, along with an updated kernel, 3.8 variety. It supports my USB 3.0 adapters whereas the "stock" 12.04 kernel does not. I only run LTS releases for stability.

    Every kernel release kills VMware, it cannot find the correct kernel headers. I'm really tired of doing this over and over and over again. Days and sometimes weeks of trying to find a where some genius finally posts a patch or something that allows me to go back to normal. This is so contrary to why I started using Ubuntu, for years it has just worked, lately, it hasn't, I have had to spend inordinate amounts of time trying to fix it.

    That being said, what is the best way of preventing the kernel from updating? I realize that I will be "missing" some potentially important updates, but I cannot keep doing this..

    Unless of course, somebody has a better idea on how to solve this?

    Thanks in advance.

    PK

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    Is using alternative VM products like Virtualbox an option for you? It is quite painless so far on Ubuntu.

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    If you are installing exact headers, then that is the issue. Use the meta-package instead.
    http://blog.jdpfu.com/2012/07/05/vir...n-dependencies explains how to determine which meta-package you should install. That should over it, provided the VMware guess additions are automatically relinked after a new kernel is installed.

    BTW, I've generally been highly impressed with VMware Workstation. If you need desktop-on-desktop virtualization, I think that is be best choice regardless of price, provided the corporate wish-washiness from VMware doesn't bother you.

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    ^^ can't get the link to respond

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    It's simple. First see what kernel you are running:

    Code:
    uname -r
    Then install the header meta-package that corresponds with the kernel:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    or

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic-pae
    Now the headers will always be current with the kernel.
    For those new to Ubuntu most of your answers can be found at help.ubuntu.com or ubuntuguide.org

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    Quote Originally Posted by PJs Ronin View Post
    ^^ can't get the link to respond
    China, Russia, or Romania?
    Or is your ISP prone to internet abuse? Places like that are blocked by the server. Sorry.

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    China, Russia, or Romania?
    Or is your ISP prone to internet abuse? Places like that are blocked by the server. Sorry.
    Aussie... with Telstra

    Edit: can't get there on my iPhone either.
    Last edited by PJs Ronin; November 2nd, 2013 at 02:00 PM.

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    Re: every kernel release kills VMware workstation, (tired of it)

    Thanks all for your responses, much appreciated. Unfortuneately however, none of them has worked. VMware is still looking for the appropriate headers to recompile the module.
    And, no, Virtualbox (which I have running on a different Ubuntu box) will not supply my needs on this one..

    PK

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