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VMWare Fedora19 kernel headers

asked 2013-11-19 15:25:48 -0500

kevp gravatar image

hello everyone, I am new using linux, i installed fedora19 and all good, but I need to install vmware workstation, and it's throw the next message: "Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled and loades into the running kernel, kernel headers for version xxxxxxx were not found. "

The windows gives me the option to enter Location:

I'm installing VMware Workstation 10 with Fedora 19 x64

I have tried everything listed on the web, maybe something I do not understand. I hope you can help me.

excuse the English, I'm from Chile.


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answered 2013-11-19 15:40:35 -0500

Marc lml gravatar image

updated 2013-11-19 15:46:26 -0500

VMware Workstation 10 can be installed by following these steps. Run everything as root.

Install prerequisites.

yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc
cp /usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/linux/

Install VMware Workstation 10 (version may differ). This is a GUI installation.


Rebuild the modules for VMware Workstation 10. If this fails, then I suggest downloading a newer version.

vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

After every kernel update the following commands can be used again.

cp /usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/linux/
vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

You can uninstall VMware Workstation 10 with the following command.

/usr/lib/vmware-installer/2.1.0/vmware-installer -u vmware-workstation
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answered 2013-11-20 15:21:55 -0500

kevp gravatar image

Thanks for your fast answer,

"vmware-modconfig --console --install-all" fails!

the message was:

vmware-modconfig --console --install-all -> gcc and kernel headers must be installed

but i have installed the gcc & kernel-headers: El paquete kernel-headers-3.11.8-200.fc19.x86_64 ya se encuentra instalado con su versión más reciente El paquete gcc-4.8.2-1.fc19.x86_64 ya se encuentra instalado con su versión más reciente

it's says that the gcc and kernel-headers is updated, Nothing to do.

Now i'm trying with VMWare 8.0.3, but, i have the same error :C

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Have you downloaded the latest version of VMware Workstation 10? Newer kernels may brake the rebuild process. Most of the time this is fixed in a newer version.

Marc lml gravatar imageMarc lml ( 2013-11-23 09:40:13 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-11-21 14:32:04 -0500

In my experience you can yum either kernel-headers or kernel-devel and it will work for virtual box guest additions, might work for you with VMware too. If you would like to install less, try to yum as above but just use kernal-headers.

Your English is fine.

I've been running Redhat or Fedora since the mid 90's, and the best thing I've found to make life easier is webmin. It is a web based, easy to use tool to administer your linux installation. and click rpm at the upper right to download, then double click the file and tell it to install. After it's on, just go to https://localhost:10000 and that is your computer. Makes updates super easy, go to system|software packages and use that to install software with yum. To upgrade, just click "upgrade all packages with yum" (or similar wording) at the bottm. Easy as running out of money before payday!

Oh, you can also remote admin it by using the host name or IP address in place of "localadmin." You can give it a host name that you like in webmin as well, under network config, which I will let you find :D

Oh, oh (second oh), yes, another thing to make life more interesting, if you go to then click "RPM Fusion free for Fedora 19" and install ~then~ click "RPM Fusion nonfree for Fedora 19" and install, it opens up yum to software that does not ship with fedora for religious reasons (it is not totally free, like not all open source, but you don't have to pay). It is important to install the free before the nonfree, hence the bold then.

Welcome to the freedom of free software.

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