Package Details: vmware-workstation 16.1.1-1

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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: 145
Popularity: 3.55
First Submitted: 2017-02-10 19:04
Last Updated: 2021-04-01 19:26

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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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jihem commented on 2021-04-25 16:45

@malacology it's not possible when using this package. It would be necessary to create another package that only includes the files needed by VMware Player. If the goal is to save disk space, it's probably useless: almost all files are libraries and other data (guest tools, ...) that are needed for both Player and Workstation programs.

malacology commented on 2021-04-25 11:27

How to only leave player and uninstall pro version?

PenWNName commented on 2021-03-31 17:27

While following this guide:

to install on manjaro I ran into an issue where the instillation hung once it reached the line: "Extracting VMware Installer...done."

I looked into the process on htop and found it was simply sitting here doing nothing. Any advice on logs or things I could peek at to see what is going on?


It finished building the package but I timed out as a sudoer and had to install i with pacman -U. Still unsure of why it seemed to hang for so long.

Cervox commented on 2021-03-15 09:55

Just saying that this has been working great for me and I'm thankful this exists.

jihem commented on 2021-02-26 21:55

Laserentchen: I guess you talk about /etc/vmware/config because the program version doesn't match. It is not a problem, I generally update this file only for major upgrades because some settings can differ, but it doesn't matter if the version number is not exactly the same. I also avoid to update this file because it will bother people by creating .pacnew files.

Laserentchen commented on 2021-02-26 09:42

The config file seems to be outdated (vmware-workstation15 as well).

jihem commented on 2021-02-25 18:05

ArchieMeng: /etc/vmware/networking is not included in the package but created by vmware-networks-configuration.service when starting vmware-networks.service for the first time:

# LANG=C pacman -Qo /etc/vmware/networking
error: No package owns /etc/vmware/networking

If your configuration is broken you can safely remove this file and restart vmware-networks.service

ArchieMeng commented on 2021-02-25 09:06

The /etc/vmware/networking configuration is broken and not needed to be included in the package since it can be generated by vmware-networking from vmware-netowrks.service . Using package included networking configuration will make vmnet failed to create virtual network interfaces.

neuromante commented on 2021-02-25 07:24

@jihem Sorry my fault. I booted back to 5.11.1 and ran dkms. Modules compiled fine and it’s working as intended. Thank you

jihem commented on 2021-02-24 20:54

neuromante: I have no problem to compile vmmon and vmnet modules with kernel 5.11.1 (the default Arch Linux kernel). Are you sure you didn't make a mistake (a partial upgrade or something like that)? If you want some help, can you provide the pacman log with the error?