After today update of debian Sid VMWare keep crashing on startup without any interesting log.

vmwareAfter a bit of googling I found this. The crash it’s caused by the curl update that changed the lib interface.

There are two ways of solving this: downgrade Curl (i.e. using snapshot debian) or applying a patch that force vmware to use its own libcurl instead of the system one.

Thewe are the 2 patches, one for vmware and one for vmplayer:

 

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--- /usr/bin/vmware-original 2013-02-09 18:22:36.194459631 +0100
+++ /usr/bin/vmware 2013-02-09 18:22:45.234459997 +0100
@@ -93,6 +93,7 @@
if "$BINDIR"/vmware-modconfig --appname="VMware Workstation" --icon="vmware-workstation" &&
/sbin/modinfo vmmon; then
+ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libcurl.so.4
exec "$libdir"/bin/"vmware" "$@"
fi
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--- /usr/bin/vmplayer-original 2013-01-30 22:06:11.253190017 +0100
+++ /usr/bin/vmplayer 2013-02-09 20:38:33.488125792 +0100
@@ -93,6 +93,7 @@
if "$BINDIR"/vmware-modconfig --appname="VMware Player" --icon="vmware-player" &&
/sbin/modinfo vmmon; then
+ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libcurl.so.4
exec "$libdir"/bin/"vmplayer" "$@"
fi

 

I decided to apply the patches so that I can update the whole system.

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I face the problem of having vmware disks files (vmdk) on ntfs partition (for sharing them between windows and linux installations).

When I run vmware with this configuration in linux I get an hight CPU usage by ntfs.mount process. Many blogs says that adding mainMem.useNamedFile=FALSE to virtual machine configuration file will fix this issue.

This probably worked only with older vmware versions.

Then I found this.

[caption id=”attachment_687” align=”aligncenter” width=”584” caption=”vmware config”]vmware config[/caption]

It says to change the location for snapshot and suspend files to a non ntfs partition. This just works!!

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