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Kernel – 4.6 Final – OK with Patched VMware and NVIDIA.. — 4 Comments

  1. when i compile the VMware Modules, i don’t even get as far as the vmmon and vmnet modules, it errors out at vmblock

    /var/tmp/portage/app-emulation/vmware-modules-308.1.1/work/vmblock-only/linux/inode.c:69:16: error: initialization from incompatible pointer type [-Werror=incompatible-pointer-types]
    .get_link = InodeOpFollowlink,
    ^
    /var/tmp/portage/app-emulation/vmware-modules-308.1.1/work/vmblock-only/linux/inode.c:69:16: note: (near initialization for ‘LinkInodeOps.get_link’)
    cc1: some warnings being treated as errors
    /usr/src/linux-4.6.0-gentoo/scripts/Makefile.build:291: recipe for target ‘/var/tmp/portage/app-emulation/vmware-modules-308.1.1/work/vmblock-only/linux/inode.o’ failed
    make[3]: *** [/var/tmp/portage/app-emulation/vmware-modules-308.1.1/work/vmblock-only/linux/inode.o] Error 1
    make[3]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs….
    /usr/src/linux-4.6.0-gentoo/Makefile:1428: recipe for target ‘_module_/var/tmp/portage/app-emulation/vmware-modules-308.1.1/work/vmblock-only’ failed
    make[2]: *** [_module_/var/tmp/portage/app-emulation/vmware-modules-308.1.1/work/vmblock-only] Error 2
    make[2]: Leaving directory ‘/usr/src/linux-4.6.0-gentoo’
    Makefile:146: recipe for target ‘sub-make’ failed
    make[1]: *** [sub-make] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory ‘/usr/src/linux-4.6.0-gentoo’
    Makefile:120: recipe for target ‘vmblock.ko’ failed
    make: *** [vmblock.ko] Error 2

    • this patch solves that

      — a/vmblock-only/linux/inode.c 2016-05-16 23:42:41.379866914 -0400
      +++ b/vmblock-only/linux/inode.c 2016-05-16 23:41:46.952863118 -0400
      @@ -65,10 +65,10 @@
      struct inode_operations LinkInodeOps = {
      #endif
      .readlink = InodeOpReadlink,
      -#if LINUX_VERSION_CODE >= KERNEL_VERSION(4, 4, 99)
      – .get_link = InodeOpFollowlink,
      -#else
      – .follow_link = InodeOpFollowlink,
      +#if LINUX_VERSION_CODE < KERNEL_VERSION(2, 6, 22)
      + .follow_link = InodeOpFollowlink
      +#elif LINUX_VERSION_CODE < KERNEL_VERSION(4, 5, 0)
      + .follow_link = InodeOpFollowlink
      #endif
      };

    • The vmblock kernel module should no longer be necessary, as VMware 12 uses vmware-vmblock-fuse, if fuse is available.. ( /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmware-vmblock-fuse.so )

      RG.

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