Patching VMware Tools to fix multiple installation errors on Ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu 13.04 has the 3.8.0 kernel which has a few changes that VMware have not got round to fixing in the tools package yet. These patches were written for VMware Workstation 9, but I used them successfully with VMware Fusion 5, so there is little or no difference between the tools package for either product. I also did not write these patches myself but I’m writing this post to consolidate fixes for multiple separate issues when attempting to install tools on an Ubuntu 13.04 guest.

Issue 1 – Cannot find kernel headers

This is something to do with the location of version.h changing in the newer kernel and can be fixed with a simple simlink:

sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/linux/version.h

Issue 2 – Build of vmci fails

The following errors will be encountered in vmware-config-tools.pl:

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only'
/usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.8.0-21-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
      MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-21-generic'
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.o
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:127:4: error: implicit declaration of function ‘__devexit_p’ [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:127:4: error: initialiser element is not constant
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:127:4: error: (near initialisation for ‘vmci_driver.remove’)
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:1754:1: error: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘vmci_probe_device’
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:1982:1: error: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘vmci_remove_device’
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:119:12: warning: ‘vmci_probe_device’ used but never defined [enabled by default]
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:121:13: warning: ‘vmci_remove_device’ used but never defined [enabled by default]
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:2063:1: warning: ‘vmci_interrupt’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:2137:1: warning: ‘vmci_interrupt_bm’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.c:1717:1: warning: ‘vmci_enable_msix’ defined but not used [-Wunused-function]
cc1: some warnings being treated as errors
make[2]: *** [/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only/linux/driver.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-21-generic'
make: *** [vmci.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/modconfig-9TKqy8/vmci-only'

The communication service is used in addition to the standard communication
between the guest and the host.  The rest of the software provided by VMware
Tools is designed to work independently of this feature.
If you wish to have the VMCI feature, you can install the driver by running
vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make and the
kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your machine. These
packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ]

The solution to this issue involves patching driver.c to work with the 3.8 kernel:

cd ~
wget http://cdn.philbayfield.com/downloads/vmware-vmci.patch
cd /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/source/
sudo tar xf vmci.tar
cd vmci-only/
sudo patch -p1 < ~/vmware-vmci.patch
cd ..
sudo tar cf vmci.tar vmci-only

Issue 3 – Build of vmhgfs fails

The following errors will be encountered in vmware-config-tools.pl:

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only'
/usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.8.0-21-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
      MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-21-generic'
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/backdoor.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/backdoorGcc64.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/bdhandler.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/cpName.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/cpNameLinux.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/cpNameLite.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/dentry.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/dir.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/file.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/filesystem.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/fsutil.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/hgfsBd.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/hgfsEscape.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/hgfsUtil.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/inode.o
/tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/inode.c: In function ‘HgfsTruncatePages’:
/tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/inode.c:888:4: error: implicit declaration of function ‘vmtruncate’ [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]
cc1: some warnings being treated as errors
make[2]: *** [/tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only/inode.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-21-generic'
make: *** [vmhgfs.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/modconfig-LxeJ83/vmhgfs-only'

The filesystem driver (vmhgfs module) is used only for the shared folder
feature. The rest of the software provided by VMware Tools is designed to work
independently of this feature.

If you wish to have the shared folders feature, you can install the driver by
running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make
and the kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your machine.
These packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ]

The solution to this issue involves patching compat_mm.h to work with the 3.8 kernel:

cd ~
wget http://cdn.philbayfield.com/downloads/vmware-vmhgfs.patch
cd /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/source/
sudo tar xf vmhgfs.tar
cd vmhgfs-only/shared/
sudo patch -p1 < ~/vmware-vmhgfs.patch
cd ../..
sudo tar cf vmhgfs.tar vmhgfs-only

Finally, after adding any (or all) of these patches, just run vmware-config-tools.pl again and all should complete without issue.

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12 thoughts on “Patching VMware Tools to fix multiple installation errors on Ubuntu 13.04”

  1. Great work!
    Resolved issue-3 that appers on:
    host: Windows-7 x64
    guest: Ubuntu 13.04, kernel 3.8.0-27-generic
    VMwaretools: VMwareTools-9.2.3-1031360

  2. Very helpful. Fixed all three problemson:
    host: Mac OS
    guest: Ubuntu 12.04.3 desktop 64 bit (kernel 3.8.0-30)
    vmware-tools: 9.2.2-893683

  3. Fixed shared folders for me
    Host: VMWare Fusion 5.0.3, os x 10.8.3
    Guest: Ubuntu 13.04 server 64 bit (kernel 3.8.0-19)
    vmware-tools: 9.2.2-893683

  4. Thanks, it saved my neck. Issue 2 encountered an fixed :-)

    host: ESXi 5.1
    guest: Ubuntu 13.04 Server 64 bit (kernel 3.8.0-29)
    vmware-tools: 9.0.5-1065307

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