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The modules can then be installed with:
The modules can then be installed with:
  # dkms install vmware-modules/10 -k $(uname -r)
  # dkms -m vmware-modules -v 10 -k $(uname -r) install
== Troubleshooting ==
== Troubleshooting ==

Revision as of 21:43, 5 April 2014


This article is about installing VMware in Arch Linux; you may also be interested in Installing Arch Linux in VMware.

Note: This article supports only the latest major VMware versions, meaning VMware Workstation 10 and VMware Player (Plus) 6.


1. Install the correct dependencies: gtkmm (for the GUI), linux-headers (for module compilation).

2. Download the latest VMware Workstation or VMware Player (Plus) (or a beta version, if available).

3. Start the installation (--console uses terminal instead of the GUI):

$ chmod +x VMware-edition-version.release.architecture.bundle
# ./VMware-edition-version.release.architecture.bundle --console
Tip: To ignore fatal errors use -I / --ignore-errors.
Note: During the installation you will get an error about "No rc*.d style init script directories" being given. This can be safely ignored, since Arch has moved to systemd.
Tip: To (re)build the modules from terminal later on, use:
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all


Tip: There is also a package called vmware-patchAUR in the AUR with the intention of trying to automate this section (it also supports older VMware versions).

VMware module patches and installation

VMware Workstation 10.0.1 and Player (Plus) 6.0.1 support kernels up to 3.12.

3.13 kernels and up

The Network packet filtering framework (Netfilter) (enabled in: Networking SupportNetworking Options) will cause the vmnet module to fail to compile on 3.13 kernels.

A patch can be found here:

$ curl http://pastie.org/pastes/8989390/download -o /tmp/vmnet.patch

Extract module sources:

$ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
# tar -xf vmnet.tar

Apply the patch:

# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet.patch

Re-create the archive:

# tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only

Remove the leftover:

# rm -r vmnet-only

Rebuild modules:

# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

3.14 kernels

On 3.14 kernels the vmblock, vmci and vsock modules will fail to build as well.

A patch (along with some warning fixes) can be found here:

$ curl http://pastie.org/pastes/8997055/download -o /tmp/vmware-3.14.patch

Extract module sources:

$ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
# for i in *.tar; do tar -xf $i; done

Apply the patch:

# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmware-3.14.patch

Re-create the archives:

# for i in *-only; do tar -cf ${i/-only}.tar $i; done

Remove the leftovers:

# rm -r *-only

Rebuild modules:

# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
Note: Tar doesn't support multiple operations, hence the for loop is used.

Systemd service

4. (Optional) Instead of using # /etc/init.d/vmware {start|stop|status|restart} directly to manage the services you may also create a .service file (or files):

Description=VMware daemon

ExecStart=/etc/init.d/vmware start
ExecStop=/etc/init.d/vmware stop


After which you can enable it on boot, with:

# systemctl enable vmware

Launching the application

To open VMware Workstation:

$ vmware

or VMware Player (Plus):

$ vmplayer

Tips and tricks

Entering the Workstation License Key

From terminal

# /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx-debug --new-sn XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Where XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX is your license key.

Note: The -debug binary informs the user of an incorrect license.

From GUI

If the above doesn't work, you can try:

# /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-enter-serial

Extracting the VMware BIOS

$ objcopy /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx -O binary -j bios440 --set-section-flags bios440=a bios440.rom.Z
$ perl -e 'use Compress::Zlib; my $v; read STDIN, $v, '$(stat -c%s "./bios440.rom.Z")'; $v = uncompress($v); print $v;' < bios440.rom.Z > bios440.rom

Using the modified BIOS

If and when you decide to modify the extracted BIOS you can make your virtual machine use it by moving it to ~/vmware/Virtual machine name:

$ mv bios440.rom ~/vmware/Virtual machine name/

then adding the name to the Virtual machine name.vmx file:

~/vmware/Virtual machine name/Virtual machine name.vmx
bios440.filename = "bios440.rom"

Using DKMS to manage the modules

The Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) can be used to manage Workstation modules and to void from re-running vmware-modconfig each time the kernel changes. The following example uses a custom Makefile to compile and install the modules through vmware-modconfig. Afterwards they are removed from the current kernel tree.


First install dkms from the official repositories.

Then create a source directory for the Makefile and the dkms.conf:

# mkdir /usr/src/vmware-modules-10/

Build configuration

Fetch the files with git or use the ones below.

1) Using Git
$ cd /tmp
$ git clone git://github.com/bawaaaaah/dkms-workstation.git
$ sed -i 's/9/10/' dkms-workstation/dkms.conf
# cp dkms-workstation/Makefile dkms-workstation/dkms.conf /usr/src/vmware-modules-10/
2) Manual setup

The dkms.conf describes the module names and the compilation/installation procedure. AUTOINSTALL="yes" tells the modules to be recompiled/installed automatically each time:


MAKE[0]="make all"
CLEAN="make clean"








and now the Makefile:

HEADERS := /usr/lib/modules/$(KERNEL)/build/include
GCC := $(shell vmware-modconfig --console --get-gcc)
DEST := /lib/modules/$(KERNEL)/vmware

TARGETS := vmmon vmnet vmblock vmci vsock

LOCAL_MODULES := $(addsuffix .ko, $(TARGETS))

	mkdir -p modules/
	mv *.ko modules/
	rm -rf $(DEST)

	ln -s $(HEADERS)/generated/uapi/linux/version.h $(HEADERS)/linux/version.h

%.ko: $(HEADERS)/linux/version.h
	vmware-modconfig --console --build-mod -k $(KERNEL) $* $(GCC) $(HEADERS) vmware/
	cp -f $(DEST)/$@ .

clean: rm -rf modules/


The modules can then be installed with:

# dkms install vmware-modules/10 -k $(uname -r)


/dev/vmmon not found

The full error is:

Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory.
Please make sure that the kernel module `vmmon' is loaded.

This means that at least the vmmon VMware service is not running. If using the systemd service from step 4. it should be (re)started.

Kernel headers for version 3.x-xxxx were not found. If you installed them[...]

Install the headers (linux-headers).

Note: Upgrading the kernel and the headers will require you to boot to the new kernel to match the version of the headers. This is a relatively common error.

USB devices not recognized

Tip: Also handled by vmware-patchAUR.

If VMware services are running (see step 4. for a systemd service), your installation is missing the vmware-USBArbitrator script. To readd it manually see this forum post.

You may also manually extract the VMware bundle and copy the vmware-USBArbitrator script from <destination folder>/vmware-usbarbitrator/etc/init.d/ to /etc/init.d/:

$ ./VMware-edition-version.release.architecture.bundle --extract /tmp/vmware-bundle/
# cp /tmp/vmware-bundle/vmware-usbarbitrator/etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator /etc/init.d/

vmci/vsock modules not loading automatically

The full error is:

Failed to open device "/dev/vmci": No such file or directory
Please make sure that the kernel module 'vmci' is loaded.
Module DevicePowerOn power on failed.
Failed to start the virtual machine.

This is caused by an issue in the assignment of $mod in /etc/init.d/vmware:

Starting VMware services:
  Virtual machine monitor                                   done
  Virtual machine communication interface                   failed
  VM communication interface socket family                  failed
  Blocking file system                                      done
  Virtual ethernet                                          done
  VMware Authentication Daemon                              done

This can be fixed by just not using it:

@@ vmwareStartVmci()
- vmwareLoadModule "$mod"
+ vmwareLoadModule "$vmci"

@@ vmwareStopVmci()
- vmwareUnloadModule "${mod}"
+ vmwareUnloadModule "$vmci"

@@ vmwareStartVsock()
- vmwareLoadModule "$mod"
+ vmwareLoadModule "$vsock"

@@ vmwareStopVsock()
- vmwareUnloadModule "$mod"
+ vmwareUnloadModule "$vsock"

The vmware services can then be restarted.

The installer fails to start

If you just get back to the prompt when opening the .bundle, then you probably have a deprecated or broken version of the VMware installer and it should removed (you may also refer to the uninstallation section of this article):

# rm -r /etc/vmware-installer/

Incorrect login/password when trying to access VMware remotely

VMware Workstation 10 provides the possibility to remotely manage Shared VMs through the vmware-workstation-server service. However, this will fail with the error "incorrect username/password" due to incorrect PAM configuration of the vmware-authd service. To fix it, edit /etc/pam.d/vmware-authd like this:

auth     required       pam_unix.so
account  required       pam_unix.so
password required       pam_permit.so
session  required       pam_unix.so

and restart the vmware systemd service.

Now you can connect to the server with the credentials provided during the installation.

Note: libxslt may be required for starting virtual machines.

Issues with ALSA output

The following instructions from Bankim Bhavsar's wiki show how to manually adjust the ALSA output device in a VMware .vmx. This might help with quality issues or with enabling proper HD audio output:

  1. Run aplay -L
  2. If interested in playing 5.1 surround sound from the guest, look for surround51:CARD=<vendor-name>,DEV=<num>. If experiencing quality issues, look for a line starting with front:.
  3. Open the <Virtual machine name>.vmx config file of the VM in a text editor, located under ~/vmware/<Virtual machine name>/, and edit the sound.fileName field, e.g.: sound.fileName="surround51:CARD=Live,DEV=0". Ensure that it also reads sound.autodetect="FALSE".

If OSS emulation is being used, it may also be the cause.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is running

To disable KVM on boot, you can use something like:

blacklist kvm
blacklist kvm-amd   # For AMD CPUs
blacklist kvm-intel # For Intel CPUs


To uninstall VMware you need the product name (either vmware-workstation or vmware-player). To list all the installed products:

$ vmware-installer -l

and uninstall with:

# vmware-installer -u vmware-product

Remember to also disable and remove the vmware service:

# systemctl disable vmware
# rm /etc/systemd/system/vmware.service

You may also want to have a look at the module directories in /usr/lib/modules/[kernel name]/misc/ for any leftovers.