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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.


Ubuntu 9.10 and vmhgfs with open-vm-tools

So today I was busy configuring a install of Ubuntu 9.10 as a virtual server in VMWare to use as my home server for maintaining a Redmine installation, as well as hosting some old Subversion repositories and my private Git repositories. To my surprise vmware-tools did not work. Done a bit of searching and found out that 9.10 isn’t really compatible. It works fine in Ubuntu 8.04 by the way.

My main concern was that I couldn’t use the vmhgfs driver to mount directories on my host machine. It turns out open-vm-tools provides the same stuff as vmware-tools and is available in the Ubuntu repositories. Surprisingly after installing open-vm-tools and rebooting the vmhgfs wasn’t loaded, nor could I load it.

To get vmhgfs to work you need to do the following:


Go to SELECT. Mark open-vm in the list and go to OK. Then choose BUILD. Afterwards it’ll ask you to load the module. Answer with YES.

Next is setting up your mount point.

  1. span class=”st0″>".host:/ /mnt/hgfs vmhgfs auto,rw,exec,utf8 0 0" >> /etc/fstab

Something is probably wrong with my configuration as my share won’t mount at startup. So I edited /etc/rc.local to mount the file at startup. My rc.local looks a little bit like this:


Now reboot to make sure everything works as expected. It should.