After more tests, I am still encountering the odd behaviour of VMware (14.1.2 with vmmon patch) and Kernel 4.18-rc1, but did notice one possible clue..
Looking at the
# systemctl status vmware.service output, it includes the following:
Jun 18 01:02:03 rgtest vmware: Blocking file system[FAILED]
I think this should not be there, as VMBlock has been obsolete for a long time now, and the functionality has been taken over by kernel code, including FUSE (File system in User Space).. And… it turns out that there have been some changes to FUSE in 4.18-rc1: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1806.0/01405.html
So.. it may be that changes to FUSE have caused VMware – including userland functions – to be ‘confused’?
More investigation needed, of course..
Robert Gadsdon. June 18, 2018.