Latest kernels and VMWare

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at
Sun Jul 16 02:59:09 UTC 2006

On 7/15/06, Tom London <selinux at> wrote:
> On 7/15/06, Jim Bevier <jim at> wrote:
> > The last couple of kernels (2396 & 2401) create a problem with the
> > script.  It seems the 2.6.18 kernel mods have changed where
> > the definition of "UTS_RELEASE" is stored.  It used to be in version.h, now
> > it is in utsrelease.h.  Manually adding "#include utsrelase.h" to the
> > version.h file gets me past this problem.  It caused vmware to not be able
> > to find the proper kernel include files.  One I get past this problem vmmon
> > build fine, but building vmnet aborts with "unknown symbol
> > 'lockdep_init_map'".  I guess this is some new kernel thing.  Does anyone
> > know how to get around this error?  I like to test vmware and ntfs for each
> > new kernel release.
> >
> > Jim
> >
> No easy way around this.....
> The new kernel adds a new 'CONFIG_LOCKDEP' option that appears to add
> some stuff (GPL code, I think) that 'breaks' the VMWare vmmon.
> Here is a reference:
> Looks like Petr (from VMWare) is working on it (I hope!).
> Until then, the last kernel that I've gotten VMWare working is
> kernel-2.6.17-1.2339.fc6. Don't delete that one!

I have not had a problem with vmware for a while after using the usual
vmware-any-any.tar.gz [ ]

Stephen J Smoogen.
CSIRT/Linux System Administrator

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