Install VMWare Player on Ubuntu 12.04


As I expected a new system means a new set of problems. The first application that encounter problem with Pangolin is VMWare Player 4.0.3. The installation of VMWare Player was smooth though, there was no problem occurred. For a while I felt relief, “yes, I can use VMWare Player tomorrow”. The problem showed when I tested to open one of the VMWare image. The VMWare was trying to install additional functions, and it failed.

After searching on the Internet, I found this reply from a thread from VMWare forum. Basically, he recommended to apply a patch in 5 steps. (Get the patch file here)

  1. Un-tar /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar to a directory you can write to (eg /tmp, /var/tmp or your desktop or home directory) – this creates a directory vmnet-only
  2. Apply the attached patch to the un-tarred source (run patch in the directory from step 1 – the patch file was created from the parent directory of vmnet-only)
  3. Save the original source tar file as /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar.orig
  4. create a new /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar from the patched source (with ‘sudo tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar vmnet-only’ in the directory from step 1)
  5. Start the vmware player/workstation/….

So, these were what I did.

I extracted the “/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar” to “/tmp” folder.

tar xvf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar -C /tmp

Copy the patch file (vmnet.diffs) to “/tmp” folder and then apply the patch.

patch -p0 < vmnet.diffs

Back up the original “vmnet.tar” as “vmnet.tar.orig”.

sudo cp vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.orig

Create a new “vmnet.tar” from “/tmp” folder.

sudo tar cvf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar vmnet-only

Trigger the kernel update by trying to open a VMWare image again. At this time the update went smoothly, and the image was opened.

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20 thoughts on “Install VMWare Player on Ubuntu 12.04

  1. Thank you, this saved me as well, I depend on a Win 7 VM running under Player for a few work apps, I almost had to put back in my Windows 7 drive (gasp)

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  3. Perfect! Thanks for the step by step. Only ad libbing I had to do was provide the full path to umnet.tar in the backup step, as I wasn’t sitting in that directory. THANKS!

  4. Miljons of thanks, this is very clarly and simple step by step instuction and solves also VMplayer version 4.0.4 problem … THANKS, THANKS and THANKS!!!!

  5. So I did this once and worked great.

    But then I installed some updates and it stoped working.

    I tried to follow the same instructions again and got stuck in this phase:
    $ patch -p0 < vmnet.diffs
    patching file vmnet-only/filter.c
    Reversed (or previously applied) patch detected! Assume -R? [n]

    ¿Should I try with the -f option?
    ¿Should I delete all stuff?
    Help!

    • What update did you do? Ubuntu update or VMWare update?
      If Ubuntu kernel is updated, when you run the VMWare Player, it will ask you to Install again:

      Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled and loaded into the running kernel.

      You just need to click on “Install”.

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