Package Details: vmware-workstation12 12.5.9-17

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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: 9
Popularity: 0.000159
First Submitted: 2018-01-11 17:35
Last Updated: 2020-12-12 22:24

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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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leopseft commented on 2020-09-06 18:16

Hello folks, when I try to open an Ntfs storage that I have my vms in I get the following error:

"Mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened. The volume may be already mounted, or another software may use it which could be identified for example by the help of the 'fuser' command."

I mount the storage with fstab with the following parameters /run/media/leopseft/storage/ ntfs auto,user,rw 0 0

With the newer vm versions i can open the storage normally but vms doesn't run due to system limitations (old core2duo 2010 laptop).

Does anyone have a work around for this issue? Thank you very much.

jihem commented on 2020-08-07 09:37

Please do not update to Linux 5.8 because the system will crash each time a VM is powering on. There is no workaround for the moment, and maybe it will never be possible to run this version of VMware on Linux≥5.8. More informations in this thread:

EDIT: now the package is compatible with Linux 5.8.

ZorinArch commented on 2020-07-07 09:50

jihem: Thank you for reply. i install this package on a machine with old kernel and enter key > ask root password like normal and works fine. then i copy /etc/vmware from this machine with old kernel to the new install machine with linux 5.4.50-1-lts kernel and works fine without asking for root or anything and works fine now. error box not appear anymore. i think the problem was in root permissions or so.

jihem commented on 2020-07-06 18:48

ZorinArch: can you provide a screenshot and explain what did you do before this box appear (just starting the program for the first time or doing a specific action after the program is opened)?

ZorinArch commented on 2020-07-05 11:35

when install this package in new arch install with linux 5.4.50-1-lts kernel got an error want root cred. without show box that can enter root password. Just an error box ask system administrator help.

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 ;)