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February 12, 2007

install vmware tools on mandriva

Filed under: mandriva, tech, vmware — oscartheduck @ 4:22 am

In a moinmoin update, it looks like the instructions below are specific to 6.10. I assume that as edgy eft was just meant to be a “break anything we need to” release, then it is somewhat fucked up. Getting it to work on Dapper is much, much simpler, a lot closer to apt-get and edit a few scripts.


I just managed to install VMWare tools on mandriva. That fucker was tough as hell, mainly because the version I installed with metisse as an environment was slow as all hell, taking fifteen or twenty seconds to display a menu and two or three seconds to delete a character. I also had never used mandriva before, and it’s different to other distros in package managment in ways I didn’t like.

Now, installing the vmware tools didn’t help any with the slow down, but I want to document how to do it just in case I ever need to again.

To do the initial install you can just use the rpm, but vmware tools don’t take until vmware-tools-config or whatever it’s called is run. And that needs gcc etc anyway, so you may as well start from the beginning.


To install the build tools, you first have to enable some extra repositories. I ran the following commands:

urpmi.addmedia main ftp://mirror.cricyt.edu.ar/MandrivaLinux/official/2007.0/i586/media/main/release with media_info/hdlist.cz

urpmi.addmedia –update main_updates ftp://mirror.cricyt.edu.ar/MandrivaLinux/official/2007.0/i586/media/main/updates with media_info/hdlist.cz

urpmi.addmedia contrib ftp://mirror.cricyt.edu.ar/MandrivaLinux/official/2007.0/i586/media/contrib/release with media_info/hdlist.cz

urpmi.addmedia –update contrib_updates ftp://mirror.cricyt.edu.ar/MandrivaLinux/official/2007.0/i586/media/contrib/updates with media_info/hdlist.cz


Next it’s best to do a urpmi update. You have to specify which branch you’re updating in this program, so the four commands are:


urpmi.update main

urpmi.update contrib

urpmi.update main_updates

urpmi.update contrib_updates


After this run the following:

urpmi make

urpmi gcc


And you get the build tools. Now you need kernel headers for vmware tools to work.

uname -a tells you what kernel you’re running and urpmi -y kernel-sources to find the name of the kernel sources for your version.


Now urpmi kernel-source-whateverversion and you’re all set to run the vmware tools install scripts.



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