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#REDIRECT [[Installing Arch Linux in VMware]]
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{{i18n|Installing Arch Linux in VMware (systemd)}}
 
 
 
This article describes how to get Archlinux running in a VMWare virtual machine when you're using ''systemd'' as SysV replacement.
 
 
 
== Prerequisites ==
 
Please install the ''open-vm-tools-modules'' from the ''Community'' repository.
 
 
 
== Drivers ==
 
Add the VMWare drivers to your ''mkinitcpio.conf'':
 
{{Hc|head=/etc/mkinitcpio.conf|output=
 
...
 
MODULES="vmsync vmblock vmxnet3 vmwgfx vmw_ballon vmci autofs4"
 
...}}
 
 
 
Now you have to rebuild your kernel:
 
# depmod
 
# mkinitcpio -p linux
 
 
 
== Systemd scripts ==
 
In the following steps you have to create some systemd scripts so that the ''vmblock'' driver can be used successfully.
 
 
 
Create the following files:
 
{{Hc|head=/etc/tmpfiles.d/vmblock.conf|output=
 
# creates the directory which is used by the vmblock driver
 
d /tmp/VMwareDnD 1777 root root
 
}}
 
 
 
{{Hc|head=/etc/systemd/system/proc-fs-vmblock-mountPoint.mount|output=
 
[Unit]
 
Description=Mount the vmblock device
 
ConditionPathExists=/proc/fs/vmblock/
 
After=vmblock.conf
 
Requires=vmblock.conf
 
 
 
[Mount]
 
What=none
 
Where=/proc/fs/vmblock/mountPoint/
 
Type=vmblock
 
}}
 
 
 
{{Hc|head=/etc/systemd/system/proc-fs-vmblock-mountPoint.automount|output=
 
[Unit]
 
Description=Mount the vmblock device
 
ConditionPathExists=/proc/fs/vmblock/
 
After=vmblock.conf
 
Requires=vmblock.conf
 
 
 
[Automount]
 
Where=/proc/fs/vmblock/mountPoint/
 
 
 
[Install]
 
WantedBy=multi-user.target
 
}}
 
 
 
Then you have to enable the mount point in systemd:
 
  # systemctl enable proc-fs-vmblock-mountPoint.automount
 
 
 
== VMware user suid wrapper ==
 
The following script is responsible that you can resize the window of your virtual machine:
 
{{Hc|head=/etc/xdg/autostart/vmware-user.desktop|output=
 
[Desktop Entry]
 
Type=Application
 
Name=VMWare User Agent
 
Exec=/usr/bin/vmware-user-suid-wrapper
 
Icon=system-run
 
Comment=Enable Unity, DnD, etc.
 
}}
 
 
 
== Disable unneeded drivers ==
 
The ''open-vm-tools-modules'' package installs a configuration file for the ''vmxnet'' driver. Either delete the following file or comment the contents:
 
  /etc/modprobe.d/open-vm-tools-modules.conf
 
 
 
To make sure the ''vmxnet'' driver doesn't get loaded create the following file:
 
{{Hc|head=/etc/modprobe.d/vmxnet.conf|output=
 
blacklist vmxnet
 
}}
 
 
 
== Not working ==
 
The following things are currently not working. If you know what's wrong please fix the instructions above.
 
 
 
=== Loading of vmw_balloon driver ===
 
The ''vmw_balloon'' driver doesn't get loaded with the method mentioned above.
 

Revision as of 05:23, 7 March 2013