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  1. #1
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    Default Problem to install/uninstall VMWare

    Hi,

    I'm new on openSuse world ^^ and have some problems.
    I'm running an openSuse 11.1 64 bits with gnome.

    I wanted to install VMware Player. So I got the rpm package from VMware website and install it. The install successed but when I launched it, an error occurred : it didn't find my kernel header to compil some of it specifics modules.
    I tried many times but with no success.

    Then I tried to install the Workstation version of VMWare with the same process : download the rpm package from VMWare and try to install it with :
    rpm -i VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64.rpm
    and got these errors :
    error: Required dependancies :
    VMware-Player conflict with VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64
    VMware-Workstation conflict with VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64


    Then I tried to uninstall the VMware Player with :
    vmware-uninstall. It success.
    Try again to install the Workstation and got the same error ...

    And if I test those :
    sudo rpm -i VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.rpm
    package VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64 already installed
    sudo rpm -e VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.rpm
    error: package VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.rpm isn't installed


    Then I don't know how to really uninstall the VMWare Player and install VMWare Workstation.

    Really need help, thanks ^^.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Problem to install/uninstall VMWare

    Hi
    in order to compile the kernel modules, youll need the kernel source and kernel syms packages. You can install them with

    Code:
    sudo zypper install kernel-source kernel-syms
    then run vmware player (or workstation) with the command:
    Code:
    gksu /usr/bin/vmplayer
    as it starts up, it should prompt you to build the modules, follow the instructions on screen. After the modules are installed, you should close the vmware-player window and re-open it as a regular user.


    as rpm saying it cannot uninstall things...try
    Code:
    sudo rpm --rebuilddb
    that may take care of the problem. Good luck!
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  3. #3
    CopyWrite NNTP User

    Default Re: Problem to install/uninstall VMWare

    Hi,
    thanks you for the answer,
    I'll test this as soon as possible, I'll say you if it works or not ^^.

  4. #4
    CopyWrite NNTP User

    Default Re: Problem to install/uninstall VMWare

    Re,

    I tried what pimanac said :

    Code:
    sudo zypper install kernel-source kernel-syms
    --> OK

    Code:
    sudo rpm --rebuilddb
    --> OK

    But got the same problem ....
    Then I have read again the rpm manpage and find this option : --replacepkgs.
    Then tried :
    Code:
     sudo rpm -U VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.rpm  --replacepkgs
    which install the package even if it is already install ^^.

    And for now all is working well.
    Since I installed kernel sources, VMware Player successed to compil these modules ^^.

    I still didn't try again to install VMWare Workstation, as soon as I tried it I'll let you know about it

    Thanks again to pimanac

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Problem to install/uninstall VMWare

    you're quite welcome!

    if you choose to install vmware workstation, you shouldnt have to recompile the drivers.

    if for some reason you compile a new kernel sometime down the road, you will have to rebuild the modules to fit the new kernel.
    its the same command as building them the first time...

    Code:
    gksu /usr/bin/vmplayer
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