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How to install the VMware Tools into Debian Linux

Basically there are 3 things to take care of:

The VMware Tools are already installed in the Debian Appliance that you can download from this site. Here is the critical part of the installation log of the full desktop version. The minimal version differs slightly from that as it has the newer VMware Tools 6.0.0-45731 installed.

boot and log in as root
check for the kernel version in a terminal
  uname -r
which in this case is: 2.6.18-4-486  (match the headers package and the sym link, see below)
go online in host system
Synaptic
  change repositories from cdrom to ftp.debian.org and security.debian.org
  reload
  mark packages for install:
    gcc-4.1
    linux-headers-2.6.18-4-486
  apply
go offline in host system

install VMwaretools Tools e.x.p-42757
  - point the cdrom to the external linux.iso file (from a VMware 6 beta installation, 20.3.07)
  - copy the VMwareTools-e.x.p-42757.tar.gz file to the /tmp and extract it there
  - delete the .tar.gz file
  - cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
  - make a symlink:
    ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.18-4-486 /usr/src/linux
  - change the gcc version to use:
    export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.1
  - start the installer with ./vmware-install.pl
    accept everything with <enter>
  - video resolution: choose 3 instead of 2 (1024*768)
  - log out and in again to activate XOrg changes

You can see in the above how to install a different version of VMwaretools than the one your current VMware Workstation or Server has. Just don't use the menu item "Install VMwaretools" of the Workstation but point the virtual cdrom directly to a linux.iso file of another VMware installation.

If something goes wrong it may help to have a look at the dialog that is produced by the VMware tools installer in a terminal during a correct installation.





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