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  1. VMware installation (amd64)

    Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my old
    distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file). I used

    sudo alien -c VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm

    to convert it to

    vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb

    (note difference in architecture). Just for kicks, I tried

    sudo dpkg -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb

    but it died with

    This version of "VMware Player" is incompatible with this operating system.
    Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.

    Execution aborted.

    Fine, try this:

    sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb

    Same error. Switch arg order, maybe it's picky:

    sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb

    Same error. Any ideas?

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  2. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    Hactar schreef:
    > Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my old
    > distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    > VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    > whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file). I used
    >
    > sudo alien -c VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm
    >
    > to convert it to
    >
    > vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > (note difference in architecture). Just for kicks, I tried
    >
    > sudo dpkg -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > but it died with
    >
    > This version of "VMware Player" is incompatible with this operating system.
    > Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.
    >
    > Execution aborted.
    >
    > Fine, try this:
    >
    > sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > Same error. Switch arg order, maybe it's picky:
    >
    > sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > Same error. Any ideas?
    >

    I think you would be better of with this one:
    VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle

    after download
    chmod +x VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle
    then execute as this
    ../VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle

    Now a straight forward installation follows.

    Herbert

  3. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 14:13:18 -0400, Hactar wrote:

    > Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my old
    > distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    > VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    > whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file). I used
    >
    > sudo alien -c VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm
    >
    > to convert it to
    >
    > vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > (note difference in architecture). Just for kicks, I tried
    >
    > sudo dpkg -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > but it died with
    >
    > This version of "VMware Player" is incompatible with this operating
    > system. Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.
    >
    > Execution aborted.
    >
    > Fine, try this:
    >
    > sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > Same error. Switch arg order, maybe it's picky:
    >
    > sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    >
    > Same error. Any ideas?


    I use VMware Server (on CentOS and Fedora) which I always install from the
    tarball, the RPMs have never worked for me because they are kernel
    specific. Installing from the tarball is trivial, you just untar it and
    run the vmware-install.pl script.


  4. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    In article <5-2dnXFEqZQdEmbVnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d@comcast.com>,
    General Schvantzkopf wrote:
    > On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 14:13:18 -0400, Hactar wrote:
    >
    > > Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my old
    > > distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    > > VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    > > whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file).

    >
    > I use VMware Server (on CentOS and Fedora) which I always install from the
    > tarball, the RPMs have never worked for me because they are kernel
    > specific. Installing from the tarball is trivial, you just untar it and
    > run the vmware-install.pl script.


    Yeah, I wanted to stick with debs for ease of of maintenance. But if
    they don't work, then tar it is. Thanks.

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    -eben QebWenE01R@vTerYizUonI.nOetP royalty.mine.nu:81
    LIBRA: A big promotion is just around the corner for someone
    much more talented than you. Laughter is the very best medicine,
    remember that when your appendix bursts next week. -- Weird Al

  5. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 16:23:01 -0400, Hactar wrote:

    > In article <5-2dnXFEqZQdEmbVnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d@comcast.com>, General
    > Schvantzkopf wrote:
    >> On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 14:13:18 -0400, Hactar wrote:
    >>
    >> > Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my
    >> > old distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    >> > VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    >> > whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file).

    >>
    >> I use VMware Server (on CentOS and Fedora) which I always install from
    >> the tarball, the RPMs have never worked for me because they are kernel
    >> specific. Installing from the tarball is trivial, you just untar it and
    >> run the vmware-install.pl script.

    >
    > Yeah, I wanted to stick with debs for ease of of maintenance. But if
    > they don't work, then tar it is. Thanks.


    A couple of things that you need when you do the tarball method, the
    kernel headers and xinet, you can install those with synaptic. When you do
    a kernel upgrade you'll have to run vmware-config.pl again. The installer
    puts it into /usr/bin so you don't need to do anything special with your
    search path, just run the script after you've installed the new kernel.

  6. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    Hactar schreef:
    > In article <5-2dnXFEqZQdEmbVnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d@comcast.com>,
    > General Schvantzkopf wrote:
    >> On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 14:13:18 -0400, Hactar wrote:
    >>
    >>> Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my old
    >>> distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    >>> VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    >>> whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file).

    >> I use VMware Server (on CentOS and Fedora) which I always install from the
    >> tarball, the RPMs have never worked for me because they are kernel
    >> specific. Installing from the tarball is trivial, you just untar it and
    >> run the vmware-install.pl script.

    >
    > Yeah, I wanted to stick with debs for ease of of maintenance. But if
    > they don't work, then tar it is. Thanks.
    >

    There is no tarball available.
    Just a RPM or the so called .bundle (which is a
    binary installer).


  7. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    On Mon, 20 Oct 2008 09:49:59 +0200, HerbY wrote:

    > Hactar schreef:
    >> In article <5-2dnXFEqZQdEmbVnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d@comcast.com>, General
    >> Schvantzkopf wrote:
    >>> On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 14:13:18 -0400, Hactar wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my
    >>>> old distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    >>>> VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    >>>> whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file).
    >>> I use VMware Server (on CentOS and Fedora) which I always install from
    >>> the tarball, the RPMs have never worked for me because they are kernel
    >>> specific. Installing from the tarball is trivial, you just untar it
    >>> and run the vmware-install.pl script.

    >>
    >> Yeah, I wanted to stick with debs for ease of of maintenance. But if
    >> they don't work, then tar it is. Thanks.
    >>

    > There is no tarball available.
    > Just a RPM or the so called .bundle (which is a binary installer).


    The .bundle is a wrapper around the tarball, just do a chmod 777 on it and
    execute it.


  8. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    In article <5-2dnXFEqZQdEmbVnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d@comcast.com>,
    General Schvantzkopf wrote:
    > On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 14:13:18 -0400, Hactar wrote:
    >
    > > Anyone installed VMware Player on amd64? I had it working under my old
    > > distro (same CPU, but 32-bit kernel). It downloads as
    > > VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm. I can choose .package (or
    > > whatever it's called -- basically a self-installing tar file). I used
    > >
    > > sudo alien -c VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.rpm
    > >
    > > to convert it to
    > >
    > > vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    > >
    > > (note difference in architecture). Just for kicks, I tried
    > >
    > > sudo dpkg -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    > >
    > > but it died with
    > >
    > > This version of "VMware Player" is incompatible with this operating
    > > system. Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.
    > >
    > > Execution aborted.
    > >
    > > Fine, try this:
    > >
    > > sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    > >
    > > Same error. Switch arg order, maybe it's picky:
    > >
    > > sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i vmware-player_2.5.0-118167_amd64.deb
    > >
    > > Same error. Any ideas?

    >
    > I use VMware Server (on CentOS and Fedora) which I always install from the
    > tarball, the RPMs have never worked for me because they are kernel
    > specific. Installing from the tarball is trivial, you just untar it and
    > run the vmware-install.pl script.


    ,--
    | eben@pc:/scratch/emulation$ sudo bash VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle
    | Uninstalling legacy installation...
    | This version of "VMware Player" is incompatible with this operating system.
    | Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.
    |
    | Execution aborted.
    |
    | eben@pc:/scratch/emulation$ uname -a
    | Linux pc 2.6.24-21-generic #1 SMP Tue Oct 21 23:09:30 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    '--

    Um, now what? I guess the "legacy installation" is remnants of it from
    the former installation (same hardware, 32bit kernel). Maybe it's
    executing some piece of that instead the new one?

    I found these and made them non-executable but still get the same
    message:

    ---------- 1 root root 753 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-acetool
    ---------- 1 root root 1546 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-gksu
    ---------- 1 root root 1011 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-modconfig
    ---------- 1 root root 2631328 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-networks
    ---------- 1 root root 12624 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-ping
    ---------- 1 root root 753 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-remotemks
    ---------- 1 root root 753 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/bin/vmware-unity-helper
    ---------- 1 root root 814712 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/sbin/vmware-authd
    ---------- 1 root root 24976 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/gksu
    ---------- 1 root root 14692 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/launcher.sh
    ---------- 1 root root 2064248 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/thnuclnt
    ---------- 1 root root 720576 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/thnucups
    ---------- 1 root root 578672 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/.thnumod
    ---------- 1 root root 1816976 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmplayer
    ---------- 1 root root 50648 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmplayer-daemon
    ---------- 1 root root 32664 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-acetool
    ---------- 1 root root 968784 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-modconfig
    ---------- 1 root root 780832 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-modconfig-console
    ---------- 1 root root 2647808 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-remotemks
    ---------- 1 root root 158512 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-unity-helper
    ---------- 1 root root 7871048 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx
    ---------- 1 root root 9510624 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx-debug
    ---------- 1 root root 8361120 2008-10-02 11:16 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx-stats
    ---------- 1 root root 1281224 2008-10-02 23:11 /usr/local/lib/vmware/bin/vmplayer
    ---------- 1 root root 281662 2008-10-02 23:11 /usr/local/lib/vmware/bin/vmrun
    ---------- 1 root root 18564 2008-10-02 23:11 /usr/local/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-acetool
    ---------- 1 root root 953999 2008-10-02 23:11 /usr/local/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-tray
    ---------- 1 root root 5598084 2008-10-02 23:11 /usr/local/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx

    Are there others I haven't found, maybe things that aren't named
    "vmware-*"?

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  9. Re: VMware installation (amd64)

    In article , Hactar wrote:
    >
    > ,--
    > | eben@pc:/scratch/emulation$ sudo bash VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle
    > | Uninstalling legacy installation...
    > | This version of "VMware Player" is incompatible with this operating system.
    > | Please install the "x86_64" version of this program instead.
    > |
    > | Execution aborted.
    > |
    > | eben@pc:/scratch/emulation$ uname -a
    > | Linux pc 2.6.24-21-generic #1 SMP Tue Oct 21 23:09:30 UTC 2008 x86_64
    > GNU/Linux
    > '--
    >
    > Um, now what? I guess the "legacy installation" is remnants of it from
    > the former installation (same hardware, 32bit kernel). Maybe it's
    > executing some piece of that instead the new one?


    Must have been it. I tarred up and removed hundreds (nay, thousands) of
    *vmware* and *vmplayer* files/dirs and it worked. There was massive
    duplication among them, most likely from when I upgraded vm* and the new
    software didn't remove the old files. (That right there is why I avoid
    installing _not_ by .deb/.rpm .)

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