Searching VMware tools packaged as .deb archives for Debian or Ubuntu has failed for all of my searches. The solutions I found in the first place were all related to install the tools from the tar Archive provided by VMware, e.g.
The problem is that the name of the package has changed to open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-gui in the not upcoming Ubuntu release named Hardy:
The packages are based on these source releases:
SourceForge.net: Files for Open Virtual Machine Tools
Installing these packages from Hardy in a Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy ) system you may take the following way:
- Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list to get the sources from Hardy:
deb-src http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy main universe
- Then it is possible to build the package from source (as it is decribed at http://www.selflinux.org/selflinux/html/apt06.html):
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get build-dep open-vm-tools $ sudo apt-get -b source open-vm-tools
- Finally install the succefully build deb archives:
$ sudo dpkg -i open-vm-tools_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb open-vm-tools-gui_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb
Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket open-vm-tools. (Lese Datenbank ... 114218 Dateien und Verzeichnisse sind derzeit installiert.) Entpacke open-vm-tools (aus open-vm-tools_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) ... Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket open-vm-tools-gui. Entpacke open-vm-tools-gui (aus open-vm-tools-gui_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) ... Richte open-vm-tools ein (2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1) ... * Loading open-vm-tools modules FATAL: Module vmhgfs not found. FATAL: Module vmmemctl not found. [ OK ] * Starting open-vm guest daemon guestd [ OK ] Richte open-vm-tools-gui ein (2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1) ...
- The FATAL messages above are showing that the named kernel modules are missing. As far as I can remember the module vmhgfs eases the use of host files within the guest system. I suppose that these modules will be available with the upcoming Hardy release.