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Re: VMware server cannot run on FC6



Paul Smith wrote:
On 10/26/06, Andy Green <andy warmcat com> wrote:
> Unable to make a vmmon module that can be loaded in the running kernel: > insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config4/vmmon.o': -1 Invalid module
> format

Aha... while getting out-of-tree Wifi driver working on my stepson's
laptop last night I saw the same.  I eventually tracked it down (Google
had people asking and no real answers) to Anaconda having given his
Athlon laptop an i586 kernel whereas the rest of the bits and bobs were
i686.  Do a

dmesg | tail

and if you see a complaint about a vermagic mismatch, check the two
strings full of tokens for the differences.  In our case it was i586 vs
i686.  We confirmed we had the i586 kernel like this

rpm -q --queryformat "%{name}-%{arch}\n" kernel

What we did was to download the i686 kernel and kernel-devel from an
http mirror, then

rpm -e --nodeps kernel kernel-devel

(don't worry about the grubby warning)  then added back in the i686
stuff we just downloaded

rpm -i kernel*.rpm

On reboot, the previously compiled module "just worked" without a
recompile, now it had an i686 arch kernel to get into.

Did that, but now the /boot directory is empty and FC6 does not boot. Any ideas?

Paul

Hello Paul,

This is the difficulty that I am having in installing VWware server on my laptop. The compile information is listed below. I also have matching kernel and kernel development file extensions (i686).

[jeffrey jeffrey ~]$ su -
Password:
[root jeffrey ~]# cd /usr/bin
[root jeffrey bin]# ./vmware-config.pl
Making sure services for VMware Server are stopped.

Stopping VMware services:
  Virtual machine monitor                                 [  OK  ]
  Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                       [  OK  ]
  DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                              [  OK  ]
  Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1                     [  OK  ]
  Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet2                       [  OK  ]
  DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                              [  OK  ]
  NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                              [  OK  ]
  Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8                     [  OK  ]
  Virtual ethernet                                        [  OK  ]

Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.

In which directory do you want to install the mime type icons?
[/usr/share/icons] /usr/share/icons

What directory contains your desktop menu entry files? These files have a
.desktop file extension. [/usr/share/applications] /usr/share/applications

In which directory do you want to install the application's icon?
[/usr/share/pixmaps] /usr/share/pixmaps

Trying to find a suitable vmmon module for your running kernel.

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] yes

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

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/build/include] /lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/build/include

Extracting the sources of the vmmon module.

Building the vmmon module.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686'
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/common/cpuid.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/common/hash.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/common/memtrack.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/common/phystrack.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/common/task.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/common/vmx86.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/vmcore/moduleloop.o
 LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/vmmon.o
 Building modules, stage 2.
 MODPOST
 CC      /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/vmmon.mod.o
 LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only/vmmon.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686'
cp -f vmmon.ko ./../vmmon.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config8/vmmon-only'
The module loads perfectly in the running kernel.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmmon, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet0, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet1, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet2, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

This program previously created the file /dev/vmnet8, and was about to remove
it.  Somebody else apparently did it already.

You have already setup networking.

Would you like to skip networking setup and keep your old settings as they are?
(yes/no) [yes] yes

Extracting the sources of the vmnet module.

Building the vmnet module.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686'
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/driver.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/hub.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/userif.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/netif.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/bridge.o
 CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/procfs.o
/tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/procfs.c:33:26: error: linux/config.h: No such file or directory
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only/procfs.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686'
make: *** [vmnet.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config8/vmnet-only'
Unable to build the vmnet module.

For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please
visit our Web site at "http://www.vmware.com/download/modules/modules.html"; and
"http://www.vmware.com/support/reference/linux/prebuilt_modules_linux.html";.

Execution aborted.

[root jeffrey bin]#

Any help and advice would be appreciated.


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