VERY OT VMware-player on F18

Scott Robbins scottro at
Tue Jan 8 14:18:38 UTC 2013

On Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 08:14:57AM -0500, Scott Robbins wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 02:53:24PM +0200, Andrei Amuraritei wrote:

> > >
> > >The installation package is what they call a bundle, and is begun
> > >by doing
> > >a chmod 755 on it and then running ./VMware-player-whatever. (Or
> > >one can
> > >just run sh VMware-etc and so on).
> > >
> > >On F18, I run the command and there are no errors, but it just
> > >takes me
> > >back to a prompt.  I tried doing it with the --console option,
> > >tried doing
> > >an su - to root, used the chmod 755 and running with ./VMware-etc
> > >and sh
> > >VMware-etc but all just take me back to a command prompt.
> > >
> > >Has anyone else tried to use it n F18.
> > Hi Scott, I am running VMware Player 5.0.1 build 894247 on the
> > latest F18 (with updates) just fine. Can't remember if it was a slow
> > download or not, but it does work OK on F18. Only problem I've had
> > with it was after the bundle installation on first starting up
> > VMware Player it asks for root privileges to build and install the
> > kernel modules. That part didn't work ok (failing on the auth part).
> > To bypass that I've started a konsole(using KDE) and, as root, ran:
> > vmware-modconfig --icon="vmware" --appname="vmware" . This builds
> > the kernel modules (need Development Tools), then reboot, then start
> > VMware Player.
> > 

A followup in case folks google for something like this.
Firstly, my caveats about VMware's site seem to be gone, this time, it went
right to 5.0.1 and downloaded in a few seconds.  So no problems

Secondly, did a test installation, this time choosing Gnome Desktop
install, as opposed to what I tried last time, minimal install, then adding
Gnome.  When using Gnome, and presumably, some of the other default
desktops, VMware-player installs as expected.  So, I'm guessing that the
VMware packagers are expecting some things to be there that don't get
installed with a minimal install, adding X afterwards.

Thanks again.

Scott Robbins
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