Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fedora 23 and VMWare Workstation 12.1

In the post about VMWare 11 I wrote about the problem that newest Fedoras are compiled using gcc5 which breaks C++ ABI thus making VMWare unrunnable. Several commenters suggested workarounds of which the simplest and most elegant solution is by user Andy who suggested that before running vmware command the environment variable LD_PRELOAD should be set to /usr/lib/vmware/lib/, i.e. you should execute the following command:
export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/ /usr/bin/vmware
This works for VMWare 12 as it did for VMWare 11.

Now, at some point it will happen that VMWare notifies you about newer version and offers you to download it and install it. But, you won't be able to run update and you'll receive the following error message:
/tmp/vmis.lLCMq3/install/vmware-installer/vmware-installer: line 56: 14595 Aborted (core dumped) VMWARE_INSTALLER="$VMWARE_INSTALLER" VMISPYVERSION="$VMISPYVERSION" "$VMWARE_INSTALLER"/vmis-launcher "$VMWARE_INSTALLER"/ "$@"
What you have to do in that case is to manually download update and start it without defining LD_PRELOAD variable. Note that if you changed /usr/bin/vmware after upgrade you'll have to change it again.

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