My ongoing experiences with Ubuntu, and later Mythbuntu, as a media center with MythTV. I'm also using the system for a virtual machine server, a mediawiki server and a general all around home infrastructure base.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Installing VMware sevrer on Ubuntu server

I had previously installed vmware-server 1.0.7 on by ubuntu laptop, so now I went to install it on my server system, but I ran into the following when vmware-config.pl was running:

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server is suitable for your
running kernel. Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for
your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]

Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.

Your kernel was built with "gcc" version "4.2.3", while you are trying to use
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.2.4". This configuration is not recommended and
VMware Server may crash if you'll continue. Please try to use exactly same
compiler as one used for building your kernel. Do you want to go with compiler
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.2.4" anyway? [no]


Ok, so off to the web for help and I came across this thread. I tried installing gcc-4.2.3 as suggested, but no luck:
# dpkg -i /var/cache/apt/archives/gcc_4%3a4.2.3-1ubuntu6_i386.deb
(Reading database ... 188652 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace gcc 4:4.2.3-1ubuntu6 (using .../gcc_4%3a4.2.3-1ubuntu6_i386.deb) ...
Removing old gcc doc directory.
Unpacking replacement gcc ...
Setting up gcc (4:4.2.3-1ubuntu6) ...

root@casey:/tmp/vmware-server-distrib# ls -l /usr/bin/gcc*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2008-09-14 16:28 /usr/bin/gcc -> gcc-4.2
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 206692 2008-03-11 04:37 /usr/bin/gcc-4.1
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 193372 2008-09-10 14:14 /usr/bin/gcc-4.2
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 16312 2008-03-11 04:32 /usr/bin/gccbug-4.1
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2018 2007-06-04 19:59 /usr/bin/gccmakedep
root@casey:/tmp/vmware-server-distrib# gcc --version
gcc (GCC) 4.2.4 (Ubuntu 4.2.4-1ubuntu1)
Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


So, I went with the comment from ztirffritz and build with gcc 4.2.4. So far it seems to be working.
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