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Installing VMware Tools in Debian Etch (4.0)

Author:black - Mon Mar 16 00:38:41 2009

Second method: (a bit easier than the old one)

1. Install software needed by VMware Tools

1.a. Install packages to build the kernel modules

aptitude install autoconf automake binutils cpp gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r) make psmisc

1.b. Find out where the kernel headers are (you may need this later)

ls -d /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)*/include

2. Prepare and install VMware Tools

2.a. # From VMware Workstation: go to VM> Install VMware Tools
2.b. From the VM: mount the virtual cd drive

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/

2.c. Extract VMware Tools to /tmp/

tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/VMwareTools-5.5.3-346885.tar.gz

2.d. Unmount the virtual cd drive

umount /mnt

2.e. Now run the installer

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

2.f. # When asked Do you want to run vmware-config-tools.pl?, answer "Yes".
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