[RndTbl] Vmware and Ubuntu 8.04 (vmware tools install)

Gilles Detillieux grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca
Mon Apr 20 11:30:28 CDT 2009

On 19/04/2009 11:29 PM, Montana Quiring wrote:
> I'm using the latest Vmware Fusion on a Mac.
> In a VM image I've installed Ubuntu 8.4 Remix (it's the one that Dell
> tweaked for the Dell Mini's)
> The next step was to install the vmware tools since I had no networking...
> When I run:
> sudo ./vmware-install.pl
> ...the install ticks along OK until I get to this point:
> <SNIP>
> None of the pre-built vmmemctl modules for VMware Tools is suitable for your
> running kernel.  Do you want this program to try to build the vmmemctl module
> for your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)?
> [yes]
> NOTE: I had to copy across (on a USB flash drive) and install the
> header files as they weren't already there (from what I could find)
> I've started the process of preparing to recompile the kernel, but got
> stuck in deb package hell trying to satisfy the dependancies of
> build-essential
> Can anyone offer any advice about how to get networking working, as
> that would make getting everything else working easier.

Well, I've neither tried Ubuntu under VMware, nor had to build network 
drivers, but when I've needed to build other kernel modules under 
Ubuntu, I've used apt-get to install what I've needed.  It should look 
after all the dependencies for you and get you out of deb package hell.

And right now, you're probably thinking "well, duh, how can I use 
apt-get if I don't have a network driver?"  A quick Google search shows 
that others have been in the same boat (not too surprising), and the 
advice is usually to get apt-get or aptitude to install from an Ubuntu 
CD.  So, burn yourself an Ubuntu CD if you don't have one already (you 
may need the full Ubuntu CD, as the remix may not have all the packages 
you need), and read a couple of these:


Hope this helps.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:    http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Winnipeg, MB  R3E 0J9  (Canada)

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