Successful installation of VMware Workstation 12 and above
I was recently made aware - thank you @dalto - the AUR package had improved a lot and I have succeed in getting my Workstation 12Pro running on Manjaro.
VMware - can I use it still applies and should be considered as Arch and Manjaro are not on the list of VMware supported operating systems but made available throught tiredless efforts of dedicated Arch users.
To build version 12
pamac build vmware-workstation12
pamac build vmware-workstation14
pamac build vmware-workstation
My earlier statements and frustration with the package on Manjaro is gone at the moment. The notes below is kept for historical reason and for eventual trouble shooting.
Thank you @dalto for bringing this to my attention
Please note that some of the notes maybe outdated so handle with care as they were created for the VMware 12Pro release
- VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.x (commercial evaluation)
- VMware Workstation Player Pro 12.5.x (free for non-commercial use)
VMware relies on the init.d folder which is not a part of Manjaros requirements so before you start your vmware installer create the folder
sudo mkdir /etc/init.d
Ensure you have headers installed for your kernel e.g. kernel49
sudo pacman -S linux49-headers
Download the latest installer from vmware.com - substitute the filename with the actual bundled installer
chmod +x VMware-Player-VERSION-ID.ARCH.bundle sudo ./VMware-Player-VERSION-ID.ARCH.bundle
For vmware product to launch it is required to load vmware daemon. This is done by executing
This can automated by installing the
vmware-systemd-services package from AUR
yaourt -S vmware-systemd-services
When installed start the service and enable it to run at boot time
sudo systemctl start vmware sudo systemctl enable vmware
VMware needs modules compiled with your kernel headers. Normally this compilation is handled automatically when lauching the main vmplayer / vmware wrapper but in rare cases it has to be done manually.
sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
Every time your kernel is updated you need the kernel headers for the new kernel. Manjaro normally takes care of that part.
Be aware that updating your kernel might break your VMware installation. Compatibility issues has been seen with several kernel updates.
Launch from terminal
VMware Workstation Player
Continued from VMWare Will not start
Symptoms versions 12.5.3 - 12.5.4 - 12.5.5
Vmware refuses to launch and services are not working
Starting VMware services: Virtual machine monitor --------------------------------- failed Virtual machine communication interface ------------ done VM communication interface socket family ---------- done Blocking file system --------------------------------------- done Virtual ethernet --------------------------------------------- failed VMware Authentication Daemon ------------------------ done
Vmware refuses to launch even all services running
# /etc/init.d/vmware stop Stopping VMware services: VMware Authentication Daemon done VM communication interface socket family done Virtual machine communication interface done Virtual machine monitor done Blocking file system done # /etc/init.d/vmware start Starting VMware services: Virtual machine monitor done Virtual machine communication interface done VM communication interface socket family done Blocking file system done Virtual ethernet done VMware Authentication Daemon done Shared Memory Available done
Linker dynamic path
Source VMware Community
The dynamic linker cannot find the right version of
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libcurl.so.4:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH vmware &
Adding it to your
.zshrc script won't do any good as you can still not launch vmware from its desktop file.
Source Danish Technical University
Further research seems to indicate that a user-wide
LD_LIBRARY_PATH should be avoided as it can pollute your environment. It seems vmware have 'forgot' the path to the linked library
The better approach is to edit the vmware / vmplayer wrappers and add the export in it. This approach will expose only to the wrapper the
Edit vmware wrappers
$ sudo nano /usr/bin/vmware $ sudo nano /usr/bin/vmplayer
#!/usr/bin/env bash # # Copyright 2005-2008 VMware, Inc. All rights reserved. # # Wrapper for the real 'vmware' binary. Ensure that the # binary will find all the shared libraries it needs. If a shared # library is not available from any of the standard system-wide # locations, we provide it from the location where the VMware software # is installed. # set -e ETCDIR=/etc/vmware . $ETCDIR/bootstrap # for for missing library export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libcurl.so.4:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ----------<snipped away
This works as of versions 12.5.3 - 12.5.4 - 12.5.5 and you can launch vmware / vmplayer from console and from desktopfile. Later releases from VMware might have their own solution to this issue.