Installing VMware Tools in Fedora Core 6

# Install software called by by VMware Tools
yum install gcc

# Install kernel header files
yum install kernel-devel

# Check it matches the running kernel
uname -r # running kernel
rpm -q kernel-devel # installed kernel headers
# It the two versions do not match, run
yum -y upgrade kernel kernel-devel
# then reboot (but only if they did not match).

# Find out where the kernel headers are
ls -d /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)*/include
# You may need this later.

# If you already have VMwareTools-5.5.2-29772.tar.gz on disk, SKIP THIS STEP!
# Download VMware-workstation-5.5.2-29772.tar.gz from
# Extract the VMware Tools iso from it
tar –strip-components=3 -zxvf VMware-workstation-5.5.2-29772.tar.gz
# Create a temporary mount point
mkdir /mnt/vmtools-temp
# Mount the image
mount -o loop linux.iso /mnt/vmtools-temp
# Copy VMware Tools from the mount
cp /mnt/vmtools-temp/VMwareTools-5.5.2-29772.tar.gz /tmp/
# Unmount the image and tidy up
umount /mnt/vmtools-temp
rmdir /mnt/vmtools-temp
rm linux.iso

# Unpack VMware Tools to a temporary directory
cd /tmp/
tar zxvf VMwareTools-5.5.2-29772.tar.gz
cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/
# Do you want to run yes

# Fix xorg config
# If when you (re)start X, you get the error “Undefined Monitor “vmware”..”:
vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# Add the lines
Section “Monitor”
Identifier “vmware”
# To add better mouse support, add the lines
Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Mouse0”
Driver “vmmouse”
Option “Protocol” “Auto”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mouse0”
# then find the “ServerLayout” section, and in that section, add the line
InputDevice “Mouse0” “CorePointer”

# TODO fix vmhgfs compile (currently broken)
# TODO fix fast ethernet driver compile (currently broken)
# TODO copy and paste broken


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: