VMware Workstation 6.5.3 on Fedora 11/Fedora 12

Most probably if you were trying to install the latest (6.5.3) version of VMware workstation on Fedora 11 you’ve got troubles – like me. I finally (by chance) found a workaround, not a solution, to the problem.

As the installer fails during the modules compilation/installation, the only thing that you need to do is:

  • remove the gcc package – that way effectively disabling the installer from trying to install/compile modules 🙂

Edir (Thanks to Gerard Braad – see comments bellow): alternatively you can only move the gcc binary, so that the installer would not find it:

mv $(which gcc) $(which gcc).disabled

  • install VMware-Workstation package – bare in mind that you’ll need at least 1.2GB of free space on your root volume, during that operation
  • reinstall back gcc ( and kernel-devel if you don’t have it) or (see above) move back the gcc binary

mv $(which gcc.disabled) $(echo $(which gcc.disabled) | sed ‘s/\.disabled$//’)

  • run VMware Workstation and let it compile/install the new modules

That’s all

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15 thoughts on “VMware Workstation 6.5.3 on Fedora 11/Fedora 12

  1. Darth1 says:

    Your steps out of all others is the only one that work. Thanks a million. Has this been tried on the 2.26.30 kernel?

  2. Darth1 says:

    Confirmed.Steps work against the 2.6.30 kernel as well.

  3. Thanks for your feedback. I was also quite frustrated from all the other workarounds that I’ve stumbled upon over the net.

  4. […] time, in order to be able to install the rpm I had to uninstall gcc! (Thanks to Tusheto for the idea ).  Then I could work as usual with your virtual machines until I tried to turn them off:  it […]

  5. Gerard Braad says:

    Easier solution is to rename gcc for the moment and restore it after the installer

    $ mv /usr/bin/gcc /usr/bin/gcc.disable
    $ [installer using rpm or sh]
    $ mv /usr/bin/gcc.disable /usr/bin/gcc

  6. […] Step 1 – Disable GCC (see this link) […]

  7. tek says:

    Thank you, Finally… thought i was going to have to say goodbye to vmware

  8. shashank says:

    Hey , Following works for me . Thanks a million.

    Easier solution is to rename gcc for the moment and restore it after the installer

    $ mv /usr/bin/gcc /usr/bin/gcc.disable
    $ [installer using rpm or sh]
    $ mv /usr/bin/gcc.disable /usr/bin/gcc

  9. Mohan says:

    Hey,

    It works for me as well. thanks.

    my system is FC11 – kernel 2.6.30.8-64.fc11.i586 SMP

    # mv /usr/bin/gcc /usr/bin/gcc.disable
    # ./installer.bundle
    # mv /usr/bin/gcc.disable /usr/bin/gcc

    works perfectly.

    cheers!

  10. jgpeoc says:

    it’s so beautiful, I had looked for the solution and I finally found it here. thanks a lot.

  11. Alvaro says:

    Works greate on Fedora 12! THXZ!

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