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Re: VMware server cannot run on FC6



On 10/26/06, Christopher A. Williams <chrisw01 comcast net> wrote:
> > The problem is now isolated: the kernel was not installed by 'rpm -i
> > kernel*'. Now, how can I install it from outside? Through the rescue
> > mode?
>
> Hum, that's a pretty tricky situation!
>
> I think what I would try first, if I had the right kernel RPMs kicking
> around, would be to use rpm's --root.  So from your FC4 system
>
> rpm -i --root /mnt/fc6 /path/to/kernel*.rpm
>
> In theory this should do the deed as if /mnt/fc6 was at /, at least, it
> should use the rpm database in /mnt/fc6/var/lib/rpm and does a chroot
> before running any scriptlets.
>
> Anyway I would try it first, not least to find out if it really can do
> the deed.

I had the same issue trying to get VMware Workstation 5.5.2 installed.
The Anaconda kernel bug got me hosed up pretty well for a sec. Here's
what I did to fix this (I can't guarantee the safety of method - try at
your own risk):

1) Downloaded the i686 RPM versions of kernel and kernel-devel from one
of the mirror sites

2) Performed a *force* upgrade of the kernel:
rpm -Uvh --force kernel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.i686.rpm

3) Deleted the existing kernel-devel (to get rid of the i586 stuff):
rpm -e kernel-devel
(also make sure that the i586 version of the development stuff located
under /usr/src/kernels is gone)

4) Installed the i686 version of kernel-devel:
rpm -ivh kernel-devel-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.i686.rpm

5) Rebooted the system with the new kernel - the force upgrade removes
the i586 kernel and installes the i686 kernel. It also should update
grub.conf for you.

Once all of this was done, I was able to successfully install and
configure VMware Workstation 5.5.2 (build 29772) without needing any
patches. I would expect the same will be true for VMware Server.

Thanks, Chris. There is a perhaps safer workaround, although I am sure
whether it is the most efficient one:

1. keep the same kernel;

2. download the i586 kernel-devel;

3. install it;

4. run vmware-config.pl .

And that is all.

Paul


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