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    Default Help with open-vmware-tools in OSS 13.1 guest running under Windows

    I am totally confused, I hope someone can shed some light on this.

    I re-installed OSS 13.1 for reasons I won't go in to here. I'm tired of having to remember to re-install VMware guest tools everytime there is an update, so I wanted to try the built-in open-vmware-tools.

    1. I can't find open-vmware-tools-gui anywhere
    2. Screen updates are atrocious, I close an app and its image stays on the screen

    I've been trying to find docs for the open-vmware-tools. The dev site say they were last update in 2007. I've found an article about inbox vmware tools on the VMware site, but I can't find any other reference for Linux. I see that open-vmware-tools have been updated in OSS 13.1, but I can't seem to find any docs on how to configure it (except the command-line) which does nothing for the video driver.

    Can anyone help?

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    Default Re: Help with open-vmware-tools in OSS 13.1 guest running under Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by 70tas View Post
    I am totally confused, I hope someone can shed some light on this.

    I re-installed OSS 13.1 for reasons I won't go in to here. I'm tired of having to remember to re-install VMware guest tools everytime there is an update, so I wanted to try the built-in open-vmware-tools.

    1. I can't find open-vmware-tools-gui anywhere
    2. Screen updates are atrocious, I close an app and its image stays on the screen

    I've been trying to find docs for the open-vmware-tools. The dev site say they were last update in 2007. I've found an article about inbox vmware tools on the VMware site, but I can't find any other reference for Linux. I see that open-vmware-tools have been updated in OSS 13.1, but I can't seem to find any docs on how to configure it (except the command-line) which does nothing for the video driver.

    Can anyone help?
    I think this may answer your question. What version VMware were you running before?
    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/mic...rnalId=2046615

    In any case, I can't remember if the open source version of VMware tools ever had a gui. Maybe it did and I never paid attention, but AFAIK I've only seen these "extra" tools (there are many of them) packaged with VMware Workstation, not with Player or any distro-distributed package.

    As for the video driver, it should "just work" and I have never needed any configuration. Have you run "zypper up" after your update or upgrade to be sure you have the latest version?

    TSU

    TSU

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    Default Re: Help with open-vmware-tools in OSS 13.1 guest running under Windows

    Thank you for your reply TSU.

    Yes, I've seen that, but I am not using the VMware tools, I am using the open-vmware-tools that come with OSS 13.1 by default.

    I'm trying to get some docs on how to use those; they have a command-line but it does not configure X. There is a package installed called open-vmware-tools-gui, but I can't find where it is installed or what the binary is.

    I'm trying to avoid the VMware tools from VMware, because I'm tired of re-installing and recompiling those things after every kernel update.

    Tas

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    Default Re: Help with open-vmware-tools in OSS 13.1 guest running under Windows

    I don't see that package when I do a package search(with my configured repos).
    If you have open-vmware-tools installed, pls post the results of
    Code:
    zypper info open-vmware-tools
    TSU

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    Default Re: Help with open-vmware-tools in OSS 13.1 guest running under Windows

    On 2014-04-17 17:56, 70tas wrote:
    >
    > Thank you for your reply TSU.
    >
    > Yes, I've seen that, but I am not using the VMware tools, I am using the
    > open-vmware-tools that come with OSS 13.1 by default.
    >
    > I'm trying to get some docs on how to use those; they have a
    > command-line but it does not configure X. There is a package installed
    > called open-vmware-tools-gui, but I can't find where it is installed or
    > what the binary is.



    You should have these:

    open-vm-tools-gui-9.2.3-3.2.1.x86_64
    open-vm-tools-9.2.3-3.2.1.x86_64


    and a few things more, perhaps:

    xf86-video-vmware-13.0.1-2.1.2.x86_64
    open-vm-tools-gui-9.2.3-3.2.1.x86_64
    libvmtools0-9.2.3-3.2.1.x86_64
    libXxf86vm1-1.1.3-2.1.2.x86_64
    xf86-input-vmmouse-13.0.0-5.1.2.x86_64
    open-vm-tools-9.2.3-3.2.1.x86_64


    Notice that there is no GUI at all, nor any CLI command to configure
    anything. It simply works. If you open a terminal in Linux, and type
    "vm" and tab twice, you see all the vmware lrelated programs there are.

    Code:
    
    > Eleanor4:~ # vm
    > vmcore-dmesg                   vmtoolsd                       vmware-rpctool                 vmware-user-suid-wrapper
    > vmmouse_detect                 vmware-checkvm                 vmware-toolbox-cmd             vmware-vmblock-fuse
    > vmstat                         vmware-hgfsclient              vmware-user-autostart-wrapper  vmware-xferlogs
    > Eleanor4:~ # vm
    And not all of them are related to vmware.

    Simply check the output of "rcvmtoolsd status".


    > I'm trying to avoid the VMware tools from VMware, because I'm tired of
    > re-installing and recompiling those things after every kernel update.


    I never use them.


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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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