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How To Install VMware Tools Into Debian Linux

11.19.2009
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        boot and log in as root
check for the kernel version in a terminal
  uname -r
which in this case is: 2.6.18-4-486  (match the headers package and the sym link, see below)
go online in host system
Synaptic
  change repositories from cdrom to ftp.debian.org and security.debian.org
  reload
  mark packages for install:
    gcc-4.1
    linux-headers-2.6.18-4-486
  apply
go offline in host system

install VMwaretools Tools e.x.p-42757
  - point the cdrom to the external linux.iso file (from a VMware 6 beta installation, 20.3.07)
  - copy the VMwareTools-e.x.p-42757.tar.gz file to the /tmp and extract it there
  - delete the .tar.gz file
  - cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
  - make a symlink:
    ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.18-4-486 /usr/src/linux
  - change the gcc version to use:
    export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.1
  - start the installer with ./vmware-install.pl
    accept everything with <enter>
  - video resolution: choose 3 instead of 2 (1024*768)
  - log out and in again to activate XOrg changes