VMware – 14.0.0 ‘Fail to open Executable’ – More Info..

When running VMware 14 (14.0.0) from the command line, I noticed the following message:

$ vmware
Fail to open executable: No such file or directory

Further research suggested that this ‘missing’ item was in fact /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmware-unity-helper.so/libvmware-unity-helper.so, which is indeed not included with VMware 14.0.0..

I found a copy of this in an old backup, and tried to restore it to the current VMware library tree, and discovered that it had further VMware library dependencies – which were also in the old backup:


This was OK, so far, but the last dependency was

[AppLoader] Fail to load the library. /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libstdc++.so.6/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by /lib64/libgdkmm-2.4.so.1)

– which was a show-stopper, as this would cause a conflict with the existing VMware 14 version of that file…

So, I backed out all the file/library moves, and will never know if any of this would have made a real difference to any of the performance issues being reported.      I had taken a complete backup of all my VMs before the upgrade, and have considered reverting to 12.5.7 (even with all the ‘workarounds’ needed), but – so far – have only experienced some sluggishness in the Windows 7 VM operation, so I am staying with 14.0.0, and hoping that 14.0.1 is released soon!

Robert Gadsdon   October 15, 2017..


VMware – 14.0.0 ‘Fail to open Executable’ – More Info.. — 5 Comments

    • It is in the code from VMware 12.5.x, but as the article mentions, it is not compatible with VMware 14.x..
      This particular ‘error’ does not appear to impact the operation of 14.0.0, as far as I can tell..


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