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VMware Tools and Oracle Linux Howto

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VMware Tools and Oracle Linux Howto

Author: Dude, 02-Jan-2012

Last update:
30-March-2012, UEK2 kernel, Oracle Public Yum changes 23-Mar-2012.
31-March-2012, use kernel-uek-devel-`uname -r` to match running kernel.
05-June-2012, added missing install argument in yum commands, step 2.
06-June-2012, added info about extracting VMware Tools archive.

01-Nov-2013, corrected formating errors due to last forum upgrade.


The installation of the VMware Tools (8.8.1) under a default installation of Oracle Linux fails. The supplied installation script causes several errors:

Searching for a valid kernel header path...
The path "" is not a valid path to the 2.6.32-200.13.1.el5uek kernel headers.
Searching for GCC...
The path "" is not valid path to the gcc binary.
No module ehci-hcd found for kernel 2.6.32-200.13.1.el5uek, aborting.
ERROR: "/sbin/mkinitrd -f --with=vmxnet3 --with=vmw_pvscsi --with=vmxnet

The following was tested under a default installation of Oracle Linux 5.7 (x86_64) and VMware Fusion 4.1 (MacOSX). The instructions should also work or be helpful for other VMware platforms and versions.

1) Follow the instructions at and enable the following software repositories:

- [ol5_u7_base] (should match your current version)
- [el5_addons] (for kernel-uek-headers)


As of 23-March-2012, the Oracle public yum repository allows to enable free updates [el5_latest] and UEK2 kernel [ol5_UEK_latest] without a subscription. You don't need to enable any [xxx_xx_base] channels.

2) Install additional required software:

yum -y install gcc
yum -y install kernel-uek-devel-`uname -r`
yum -y install kernel-uek-headers-`uname -r`


Under the Oracle UEK2 kernel 2.6.39-100.5.1 the installation of the "kernel-uek-headers" package is obsolete.

3) Patch the bin/ installation script:

Extract the VMware Tools archive:

Go to Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools (or VM > Install VMware Tools).

su - root
umount /dev/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/
ls /mnt
tar xzvf /mnt/VMwareTools-x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz -C /tmp/
eject /dev/cdrom

The VMware installation script does not recognize the build-in USB drivers under Oracle Linux. Unfortunately, the VMware configuration script is 14914 lines of code. You can use the following command to modify the script to work-around the problem:


This is the script inside the bin directory of vmware-tools-distrib

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
cd bin

Copy and paste the following block of code exactly as shown to the Linux command prompt:

sed -i "s/\$content, \$image_file, \$kernRel/\$content,\
'--builtin=ehci-hcd --builtin=ohci-hcd --builtin=uhci-hcd', \
\$image_file, \$kernRel/g" \

4) Run the VMware Tools installer:

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib

When prompted, simply hit the Return key, but you probably want to set
a lower resolution when prompted for X, e.g. 1280x800

Good luck!


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