Package Details: vmware-workstation12 12.5.9-13

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Package Base: vmware-workstation12
Description: The industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a single Linux PC.
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Keywords: 12 dkms ovftool player vmplayer vmware workstation
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: vmware-modules-dkms, vmware-ovftool, vmware-patch, vmware-systemd-services, vmware-workstation
Provides: vmware-ovftool, vmware-workstation=12.5.9
Submitter: jihem
Maintainer: jihem
Last Packager: jihem
Votes: 7
Popularity: 0.007082
First Submitted: 2018-01-11 17:35
Last Updated: 2020-03-21 20:39

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jihem commented on 2018-01-11 17:39

After the first installation, please:

1) install the appropriate headers package(s) for your installed kernel(s): linux-headers for default kernel, linux-lts-headers for LTS kernel...

2) reboot or load vmw_vmci and vmmon kernel modules (modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon)

3) Enable the services you need:

  • vmware-networks.service: to have network access inside VMs

  • vmware-usbarbitrator.service: to connect USB devices inside VMs

  • vmware-hostd.service: to share VMs on the network

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elppans commented on 2019-11-23 01:36

Alright, I kind of automated it for myself with a very simple script:

jihem commented on 2019-11-21 17:12

@elppans I cannot use this solution, because the header package depends on kernel version: linux-headers for linux, linux-lts-headers for linux-lts, linux-zen-headers for linux-zen... I think using optdepends is the best solution. This is also the solution used by virtualbox-host-dkms package.

elppans commented on 2019-11-20 23:33

You could change the location of linux-headers to "depends" instead of "optdepends". Without linux-headers, vmw_vmci and vmmon modules are not created and so the virtual machine does not work, so it is a required package. By the way, this is the best version of VMWare, version 14 and up is boring bugs

jihem commented on 2019-03-30 15:21

When you update to version 12.5.9-8, you should see an error telling that some files already exist. This is normal, the reason is that some files previously included in this package are now provided by another package (vmware-keymaps) which is now a dependency.

One solution is to install vmware-keymaps with the option --overwrite usr/lib/vmware/xkeymap/\* before updating vmware-workstation. Another solution is to uninstall your current version of vmware-workstation, then build and install the new version (with vmware-keymaps dependency).

schlegel11 commented on 2018-05-25 17:19

@jihem Ah ok good to know. I also looked into the changelogs and you are right the gtk3 UI seem to be the problem. Hopefully it will be resolved with player/workstation version 15 or something like that. Anyway Im happy with version 12 ;)

elppans commented on 2018-05-23 00:42

Version 14 does not work on my machine, it asks for support from something I do not remember now and my machine does not have it.

I realize, he's a lot heavier, at least for me.

Ps.: Sorry, I use a translator because I do not speak English

jihem commented on 2018-05-22 14:52

schlegel11: There is a big change in VMware 14 UI: the transition to gtk3. I think it needed a lot of changes in the code, so a lot of new bugs.

Moreover, they use a very old version of gtk3 (it seems to me this is gtk 3.14, while Arch uses gtk 3.22). This can explain some of the bugs (at least, it explains a bug with iBus and why VMware 14 doesn't use the theme defined by the user).

schlegel11 commented on 2018-05-20 14:19

I also want to say Thank You for this package. This version of vmware player is always running really well with new kernel versions (currently 4.16.9-1-ARCH).

Can someone perhaps explain to me why thats the case compared with the latest vmware player 14? In general the virtual machines are also running with version 14 and a new kernel but the vmware player 14 UI is always really clunky and crashes a lot.

Did vmware change the whole UI implementation of the player 14 or is it related to other dependencies and versions of it?

xanadu73 commented on 2018-04-25 10:35

Thanx for this useful app. Works well on kernel lts 414.

jihem commented on 2018-04-17 04:52

elppans: yes, and I've just tested again with 4.15.15 and 4.16.2: I have no error.