Ubuntu: Ubuntu 17.10 Upgrade Broke VMWare Workstation 12.5


Hi after upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10, vmware is now not starting.

I get the message:

/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-modconfig: Relink `/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libbsd.so.0' with `/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt.so.1' for IFUNC symbol `clock_gettime'  

I am aware that there are patches available and I am attempting to apply these and recompile. I have run from the solution at https://communities.vmware.com/thread/571370:

cd ~    #Copy the vmmon source tar ball to your temporary location  cp /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon.tar .     #Extract the tar ball  tar xf vmmon.tar      #Download the modified file that mkubecek posted and overwrite the one from the tar ball for VMware Workstation 12.5:  wget -O ./vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/b50848c985f1a6c0a341187346d77f0119d0a835/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c       #Wrap up the newly modified files into a tar ball replacing the original one  sudo tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon.tar vmmon-only      #Rebuild the VMware kernel modules  sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all    Failed to get gcc information.   gcc --version  gcc (Ubuntu 7.2.0-8ubuntu3) 7.2.0 ...  

Unforunately, vmware-modconfig is failing because of a dependency it seems on a particular gcc version. Am I on the right track? Any help with this issue would be much appreciated.

EDIT Thank you Steve, the below has gotten vmware going again. I've included minor correction. Tested and confirmed I could run a virtual machine.

sudo su  
# do all below as root  cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source  tar xvf vmmon.tar   tar xvf vmnet.tar  wget -O ./vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/b50848c985f1a6c0a341187346d77f0119d0a835/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c  vim vmnet-only/bridge.c  cd vmmon-only/  make  cd ../vmnet-only/  make  cd ..  mkdir /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc  cp *.o /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc  insmod /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc/vmmon.o  insmod /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc/vmnet.o  rm /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1  ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1  vmware-networks --start  exit    # run vmware as normal user  /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware  


I've managed to get VMWare Workstation 12.5.7 working on Kubuntu 17.10.

As root in /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source:

  1. Extract vmmon.tar and vmnet.tar

    tar -xf vmmon  tar -xf vmmnet  

    This will create vmmon-only and vmnet-only directories.

  2. Fetch the patched hostif.c

    wget -O vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/b50848c985f1a6c0a341187346d77f0119d0a835/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c  

    (note: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/571370 - also contains a similar fix for VMWare Workstation 14)

  3. Edit vmnet-only/bridge.c:

    639c639  <        atomic_inc(&clone->users);  ---  >        atomic_inc((atomic_t*)&clone->users);  
  4. Run

    make -C vmmon-only  make -C vmnet-only  cp -t /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc *.ko  modprobe -r vmmon  insmod /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc/vmmon.ko  rm /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1  ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1  # see https://communities.vmware.com/thread/572259  vmware-networks --start  # see https://forum.chakralinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=8579  
  5. As user:


    (to prevent it running vmware-modconfig)


In addition to the answer by Stephen Wassell, if you are still running the VM Workstation 12.5.x version you will need to re-compile your .ko for every kernel patch.. which is alot..

You may see this error: (Invalid module format)

# insmod /lib/modules/4.13.0-31-generic/misc/vmnet.ko   insmod: ERROR: could not insert module /lib/modules/4.13.0-31-generic/misc/vmnet.ko: Invalid module format  

Here is a tool to keep the kernel modules for the ubuntu-flavor-distros updated after a kernel patch.


I've also included a simple wrapper.sh that you can use a replacement for launching vmware workstation so you can be sure it appropriately loads the vm-network and vm-mon kernel modules everytime.

Note: this script will not expand the 'tar' or 'patch' the source files, this is for automatically recompiling the kernel modules after a kernel patch following the orignal steps by Stephen Wassell.


The bugfix described by: Stephen leads for many to an other bug: "Failed to get gcc information."

The simplest solution is to download vmware player workstation 14.1.

Installing it instead of the 12.5 version solves the issues described above.

To do so just run

chmod +x VMware-Player-14.1.1-7528167.x86_64.bundle  sudo ./VMware-Player-14.1.1-7528167.x86_64.bundle  

And follow the instructions in the graphical installer.

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