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Ubuntu 10.04 with vmhgfs and open-vm-tools

In an earlier post by me I described how to get open-vm-tools working in Ubuntu 9.10. Turns out that this doesn’t quite work for the latest version of Ubuntu, 10.04. A few tickets were spent on it at Launchpad and finally last night someone, I presume the module author, said you also need to install open-vm-dkms. Which I did. After this the module vmhgfs is available again and can be loaded.

So, when you install open-vm-tools and you want to make use of the vmhgfs driver you need to install open-vm-dkms. Otherwise compiling it yourself with m-a will fail. Note that with this step you no longer need to compile it yourself, as apt-get does it for you.

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4 comments on “Ubuntu 10.04 with vmhgfs and open-vm-tools

  • I am trying Ubuntu 10.04 in a VMWare session (6.5.4) on Fedora 10. I followed your directions on installing open-vm-tools and open-vm-dkms, and made the changes to fstab and rc.local you suggested in the previous post on this. When I restart Ubuntu, I get a message that the mount on /mnt/hgfs failed, and press S to skip this step. After the system is up, I type mount -l and get:

    .host:/ on /mnt/hgfs type vmhgfs (rw,ttl=1)

    but when I try to start the VMWare User Agent in a terminal with:


    I get:

    vmware-user: could not open /proc/fs/vmblock/dev
    Another instance of vmware-user already running. Exiting.

    This is my first try at Ubuntu, I’ve been running linux since the old Red hat days. Also, I have both Windows XP (with access to my home directory on the host FC10) and MS-DOS running under VMWare, so I have some experience with that.

    Any idea what is causing my problem? How should I be accessing and using my home directory on the Ubuntu guest (using the “Places” menu, I drill down to /mnt/hgfs/, but it’s empty)?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • No clue really. I’ve never used vmware-user-suid-wrapper.

    What is it that you’re trying to do? The only thing I wanted to do was to be able to mount a shared directory from VMWare (Workstation). I haven’t used any other tools as I didn’t need them yet.

  • That’s what I’m trying to do — mount my home directory on the host system (FC10) under the Ubuntu guest. I ran the vmware program hoping it would allow me to do that, but apparently not.
    How do you access your shared directory? I’ve checked /mnt/hgfs/, but it’s empty.

  • I really just did as I wrote down. Remember, in VMWare Workstation (the host) you tell which directories directories to share. On your virtual machine (the guest) you mount the shared directory.