Package Details: vmware-workstation 16.1.0-1

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Package Base: vmware-workstation
Description: The industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a single Linux PC.
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Keywords: dkms ovftool player vmplayer vmware workstation
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: vmware-modules-dkms, vmware-ovftool, vmware-patch, vmware-systemd-services
Provides: vmware-ovftool
Submitter: Synthead
Maintainer: jihem
Last Packager: jihem
Votes: 138
Popularity: 3.92
First Submitted: 2017-02-10 19:04
Last Updated: 2020-11-21 10:25

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jihem commented on 2020-02-10 17:29

After the first installation, please:

1) install the appropriate headers package(s) for your installed kernel(s): linux-headers for default kernel, linux-lts-headers for LTS kernel...

2) reboot or load vmw_vmci and vmmon kernel modules (modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon)

3) Enable the services you need:

  • vmware-networks.service: to have network access inside VMs

  • vmware-usbarbitrator.service: to connect USB devices inside VMs

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injured commented on 2020-11-23 16:34

In version 16.1.0-1 my problem was solved with the USB controller.

sizzen commented on 2020-11-21 19:59

Has anyone had luck with using vmware workstation with KDE plasma with wayland instead of X? You cannot run gui applications as root under wayland which I understand the security behind but then how do I run it if it requires root ? Any help would be appreciated.

injured commented on 2020-11-21 10:01

When I create a new virtual machine under macOS, I have USB Controller set to USB Compatibility: 3.1. By launching the installation, the USB 3.1 option disappears and only 1.1 and 2.0 remain. I get the message: "Using USB devices with a USB 3.1 controller may require additional drivers to be installed in the guest." I know running macOS on vmware requires USB 3.1. Anyone have an idea why USB 3.1 is disappearing from my list?

brandimarte commented on 2020-11-19 13:33

I found a solution that worked for me here. The idea is to install polkit-gnome, then run:

$ /usr/lib/polkit-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1 &
$ vmplayer

This will prompt a window for the sudo password and after that wmplayer runs normally. Apparently it's only needed in the first run. I've removed the installation of polkit-gnome and I can still run vmware without root privileges.

brandimarte commented on 2020-11-19 11:08

I'm trying to use wmplayer, but then it prompts a welcome window where I choose "Use WMware Player 16 for free for non-commercial use" and when I click "Finish" the following error appears in the terminal:

==== AUTHENTICATING FOR org.freedesktop.policykit.exec ====
Authentication is needed to run `/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-setup-helper' as the super user
Authenticating as: xxxx@yyyy,,,, (xxxx)
polkit-agent-helper-1: error response to PolicyKit daemon: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1.Error.Failed: No session for cookie
Error executing command as another user: Not authorized

This incident has been reported.

where xxxx is my login name and yyyy is the hostname. I can only execute wmplayer as sudo. Anyone here had a similar issue and could recommend a solution? Thanks!

obelix1502 commented on 2020-11-18 22:30

Anyway, kernel 58 is out of date, so for vmware and vmmon 58 it doesn't matter anymore. I didn't make any modification and it works perfectly under the LTS 59 kernel.

injured commented on 2020-11-18 18:14

Installing macOS 11.0.1. Kernel 58, then 59. Loop during installation on both kernels. Anyone had such a condition?

jihem commented on 2020-11-11 18:34

Ok. Clearly I don't understand how Manjaro handles kernels, but in the future you should always check that you use the same version of linuxXX and linuxXX-headers to avoid this problem. Also, I don't know why you had a reference to 5.8.10 version on your first message, maybe you installed linux58-headers, in that case you can probably remove it now.

mkono87 commented on 2020-11-11 17:38

@jihem uname - r results in 5.9.3-1-MANJARO

I then installed the linux59-headers

pacman -Qi linux-headers results in Name : linux54-headers Version : 5.4.74-1 Description : Header files and scripts for building modules for Linux54 kernel Architecture : x86_64 URL : Licenses : GPL2 Groups : None Provides : linux-headers=5.4.74 Depends On : None Optional Deps : None Required By : linux-lts-headers Optional For : dkms vmware-workstation Conflicts With : None Replaces : None Installed Size : 46.92 MiB Packager : Manjaro Build Server <> Build Date : Sun 01 Nov 2020 08:42:10 AM Install Date : Wed 11 Nov 2020 10:18:02 AM Install Reason : Explicitly installed Install Script : No Validated By : Signature

Yes im running Manjaro. In kernels its says im running 5.9

EDIT: by running modprobe vmmon again it seems to be working. Well except for networking but im working on that.

jihem commented on 2020-11-11 17:10

My first idea is that your linux and linux-headers packages are not on the same version but I need more informations on your installation to be sure. You use Manjaro, right? What is the result of the command "uname -r"? What are the versions of your packages linux and linux-headers? You can have this information using the commands "pacman -Qi linux" and "pacman -Qi linux-headers". If you use Manjaro, these packages can have a slightly different name, like linux59, linux59-headers, linux58-headers...