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Can’t Display 256 Colors

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If you’re reading this post, you most likely are trying to run the Oracle Database 11g or 12c runInstaller program, and it’s failing a critical dependency check and displaying an error like the one below. If so, choose n because if you choose y it won’t launch the Oracle Installer.

Starting Oracle Universal Installer...
Checking Temp space: must be greater than 500 MB.   Actual 30824 MB    Passed
Checking swap space: must be greater than 150 MB.   Actual 3967 MB    Passed
Checking monitor: must be configured to display at least 256 colors
    >>> Could not execute auto check for display colors using command /usr/bin/xdpyinfo. Check if the DISPLAY variable is set.    Failed <<<<
Some requirement checks failed. You must fulfill these requirements before
continuing with the installation,
Continue? (y/n) [n] n

The first thing to check is whether you’ve the $TERM environment variable. It’ll be set in your env list but may not be set in your .bashrc file. You can see whether it’s set by running the following command:

echo $TERM

It should return a value, like this:


If you didn’t get that value, use the env command to lookup the $TERM. The correct value can be found by running the env command like this:

env | grep -i term

Add $TERM environment variable to your .bashrc file and source it after the change or reboot the user’s session:

export TERM=xterm-256color

If it still doesn’t work, some posts ask you to run xclock but you don’t generally install the xhost clients. Those articles assumes you’ve installed the xorg-x11-apps package library. That’s more or less a choice you made when installing the Linux OS. You can check for the presence of the library with the following command as the root user:

rpm -qa xorg-x11-apps

If the command fails to return a result from the search of Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) libraries, you haven’t installed it. You can install it as the root superuser with this syntax:

yum install -y xorg-x11-apps

It should display the following result when successful:

Loaded plugins: langpacks
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package xorg-x11-apps.x86_64 0:7.7-6.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: for package: xorg-x11-apps-7.7-6.el7.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package libXaw.x86_64 0:1.0.12-5.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package              Arch          Version              Repository         Size
 xorg-x11-apps        x86_64        7.7-6.el7            ol7_latest        304 k
Installing for dependencies:
 libXaw               x86_64        1.0.12-5.el7         ol7_latest        190 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+1 Dependent package)
Total download size: 494 k
Installed size: 1.2 M
Downloading packages:
(1/2): libXaw-1.0.12-5.el7.x86_64.rpm                     | 190 kB  00:00:00     
(2/2): xorg-x11-apps-7.7-6.el7.x86_64.rpm                 | 304 kB  00:00:00     
Total                                            690 kB/s | 494 kB  00:00:00     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : libXaw-1.0.12-5.el7.x86_64                                    1/2 
  Installing : xorg-x11-apps-7.7-6.el7.x86_64                                2/2 
  Verifying  : libXaw-1.0.12-5.el7.x86_64                                    1/2 
  Verifying  : xorg-x11-apps-7.7-6.el7.x86_64                                2/2 
  xorg-x11-apps.x86_64 0:7.7-6.el7                                               
Dependency Installed:
  libXaw.x86_64 0:1.0.12-5.el7                                                   

After installing the xorg-x11-apps library packages, you can retry running the Oracle installer. You should now see the following successful message set:

Starting Oracle Universal Installer...
Checking Temp space: must be greater than 500 MB.   Actual 30809 MB    Passed
Checking swap space: must be greater than 150 MB.   Actual 3967 MB    Passed
Checking monitor: must be configured to display at least 256 colors.    Actual 16777216    Passed
Preparing to launch Oracle Universal Installer from /tmp/OraInstall2016-06-01_01-50-54AM. Please wait ...

As always, I hope this helps my students and anybody looking for a solution to a less than explicit error message.

Written by maclochlainn

June 1st, 2016 at 2:12 am

Linux User-Group Console

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This post shows you how to add the menu option and GUI to set users and groups. It’s quite a bit easier than mastering all the command-line syntax. It makes setting up the required user and group accounts for an Oracle Enterprise or MySQL database solution much easier.

You add the utility by calling the yum (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) utility like this:

yum installed -y system-config_users

You should see the following:

Loaded plugins: langpacks
adobe-linux-x86_64                                       |  951 B     00:00     
ol7_UEKR3                                                | 1.2 kB     00:00     
ol7_latest                                               | 1.4 kB     00:00     
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package system-config-users.noarch 0:1.3.5-2.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: system-config-users-docs for package: system-config-users-1.3.5-2.el7.noarch
--> Running transaction check
---> Package system-config-users-docs.noarch 0:1.0.9-6.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: rarian-compat for package: system-config-users-docs-1.0.9-6.el7.noarch
--> Running transaction check
---> Package rarian-compat.x86_64 0:0.8.1-11.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: rarian = 0.8.1-11.el7 for package: rarian-compat-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: rarian for package: rarian-compat-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: rarian-compat-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package rarian.x86_64 0:0.8.1-11.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package                      Arch       Version           Repository      Size
 system-config-users          noarch     1.3.5-2.el7       ol7_latest     337 k
Installing for dependencies:
 rarian                       x86_64     0.8.1-11.el7      ol7_latest      97 k
 rarian-compat                x86_64     0.8.1-11.el7      ol7_latest      65 k
 system-config-users-docs     noarch     1.0.9-6.el7       ol7_latest     307 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+3 Dependent packages)
Total download size: 805 k
Installed size: 3.9 M
Downloading packages:
(1/4): rarian-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64.rpm                      |  97 kB   00:00     
(2/4): rarian-compat-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64.rpm               |  65 kB   00:00     
(3/4): system-config-users-1.3.5-2.el7.noarch.rpm          | 337 kB   00:00     
(4/4): system-config-users-docs-1.0.9-6.el7.noarch.rpm     | 307 kB   00:00     
Total                                              830 kB/s | 805 kB  00:00     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : rarian-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64                                   1/4 
  Installing : rarian-compat-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64                            2/4 
  Installing : system-config-users-1.3.5-2.el7.noarch                       3/4 
  Installing : system-config-users-docs-1.0.9-6.el7.noarch                  4/4 
  Verifying  : rarian-compat-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64                            1/4 
  Verifying  : system-config-users-1.3.5-2.el7.noarch                       2/4 
  Verifying  : rarian-0.8.1-11.el7.x86_64                                   3/4 
  Verifying  : system-config-users-docs-1.0.9-6.el7.noarch                  4/4 
  system-config-users.noarch 0:1.3.5-2.el7                                      
Dependency Installed:
  rarian.x86_64 0:0.8.1-11.el7                                                  
  rarian-compat.x86_64 0:0.8.1-11.el7                                           
  system-config-users-docs.noarch 0:1.0.9-6.el7                                 

After successfully installing the radian, rarian-compat, system-config-users, and system-config-users-docs packages, you will find that there’s now a Users and Groups option when you navigate by clicking on Applications and then clicking on Sundry from the menu.

Menu Instructions


  1. You navigate to the Applications menu, and choose Sundry from the menu list and Users and Groups from the menu item to continue.


  1. You will be prompted for the sudoer’s password in this dialog.


  1. At this point, you can use the GUI interface to set users and groups.

As always, I hope this helps those trying to set users and passwords without mastering the command-line syntax.

Written by maclochlainn

May 29th, 2016 at 4:32 pm


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One thing that gets tedious in the IT community and Oracle community is the penchant for Windows only solutions. While Microsoft does an excellent job in certain domains, I remain a loyal Apple customer. By the way, you can install Oracle Client software on Mac OS X and run SQL Developer against any Oracle Database server. You can even run MySQL Workbench and MySQL server natively on the Mac OS X platform, which creates a robust development platform and gives you more testing options with the MySQL monitor (the client software).

Notwithstanding, some Windows users appear to malign Apple and the Mac OS X on compatibility, but they don’t understand that it’s a derivative of the Research Unix, through BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution). This Unix lineage chart illustrates it well:

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 3.49.39 PM

I’m probably loyal to Apple because in the early 1990’s I worked on Mac OS 6, Mac OS 7, A/UX, NeXTSTEP, and AIX/6000 (Version 3) while working at APL (American President Lines) in Oakland, California. Back then, my desktop was a pricey Macintosh Quadra 950 and today I work on a pricey Mac Pro desktop. The Mac Pro lets me use VMware virtualize development environments for Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and as you might guess Windows 7/8. My question to those dyed in the wool Microsoft users is simple, why would you choose a single user OS like Windows over a multi-user OS like Mac OS X?

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April 18th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Mac Mini to the rescue

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In teaching, I had a problem because my students have different base operating systems, like Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux, and Mac OS X. I needed a teaching and lecture platform that would let me teach it all (not to mention support their environments). That meant it had to virtualize any of the following with a portable device:MacMiniConsole

  • Windows 7 or 8 hosting natively an Oracle Database 11g XE, 11g, or 12c and MySQL Database 5.6
  • Windows 7 or 8 hosting a Fedora or Oracle Unbreakable Linux VM (3 or 4 GB) with Oracle Database 11g XE, 11g, or 12c and MySQL Database 5.6
  • Mac OS X hosting a Fedora or Oracle Unbreakable Linux VM (3 or 4 GB) with Oracle Database 11g XE, 11g, or 12c and MySQL Database 5.6
  • Ubuntu hosting a Fedora or Oracle Unbreakable Linux VM (3 or 4 GB) with Oracle Database 11g XE, 11g, or 12c and MySQL Database 5.6

I never considered a manufacturer other than Apple for a laptop since they adopted the Intel chip. Too many of the others sell non-hyperthreaded laptop machines that they market as i5 or i7 64-bit OS machines when they’re not. Some of those vendors disable the hyperthreading facility while others provide motherboards that can’t support hyperthreading. The ones I dislike the most provide a BIOS setting that gives the impression you can enable hyperthreading when you can’t. All Apple devices, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro do fully support a 64-bit OS and their virtualization.

A MacBook Pro came to mind but the disk space requirements were 1 TB, and that’s too pricey. I went with the Mac Mini because with 16 GB of memory and a 1 TB drive it was only $1,200. Add a wireless keyboard and mighty mouse, and an HDMI and mini-DVI connections, and I had my solution. Naturally, my desktop is a one generation old Mac Pro with 64 GB of memory and 12 TB of disk space, which supports all the virtual machines used for testing. Note to Apple marketing staff: The prior version of the Mac Pro let you pay reasonable (3rd party) prices for the additional memory and disk drives.

The Mac Mini means I can travel anywhere and plug into the console and demo tools and techniques from a myriad set of platforms without the hassle of moving on and off to frequently VM images. It’s a great solution with only one downside, HDMI to DVI sometimes creates purple toned screens. It’s unfortunate because some venues have monitors that don’t support HDMI).

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February 6th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Gnome Menu Editing Fix

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Fedora 16 is clearly better than Fedora 15 but I found Menu Editing (Alacarte package) was broken in it because of a missing library dependency, and I’ve updated Fedora Bug 734442 with the work around. Here’s what’s wrong and how to fix it.

Update on Status of Bug 734442

The GNOME Desktop Bug 626220 is the one that will permanently fix this problem. It appears that the GNOME Desktop left all symbols in that point to the PyGTK library when they should have migrated to the dynamic Python bindings in the PyGObject project.

Download Site Change

It appears you can no longer download the packages from You must go the Fedora project web site I’ve updated the links to reflect the new site.

After installing the Menu Editing (Alacarte) package, you’ll encounter this error when trying to launch the menu editor:<module>:Import Error: No module named gmenu

That error occurs because the gnome-menus- is missing the /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/ library. So, I copied the version of from a Fedora 15 release as the root user. Naturally, at this point you’d test if it was fixed, I did. It wasn’t, and I got a new error:<module>:Import Error: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

That error occurs because the gnome-menus- is missing the /usr/lib64/ symbolic link to the /usr/lib64/ library. While the package meets the dependency check, the libraries fail the run time validation.

If digging in like this is all new to you, I’d recommend UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition) (University of Colorado at Bolder folks) for the Linux stuff and The Quick Python Book, Second Edition for Python basics.

You can get a copy of the Fedora 15 package with the following command, which you should connect as the root user in navigate to the /tmp directory. Then, create a copy directory and change the /tmp/copy directory before running either of the next two commands.

Use this for 32-bit Installs

# wget

Use this for 64-bit Installs

# wget

That command only a copy of the RPM file, but the following converts it into an exploded directory. Assuming you created a copy directory in the /tmp directory, execute the following command from within the /tmp/copy directory. It will create a directory tree with the required files. After you copy the files, you can remove (rm) the copy directory from the /tmp directory.

Use this for 32-bit Installs

# rpm2cpio | cpio -ivd

Use this for 64-bit Installs

# rpm2cpio | cpio -ivd

You can now copy the files with these files. The target location differs between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system.

Use this for 32-bit Installs

# cp /tmp/copy/usr/lib/* /usr/lib
# cp /tmp/copy/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages

Alternatively, you can copy the following two files from any valid 32-bit Fedora 15 instance into a Fedora 16 instance, and manually create the symbolic link.

# /usr/lib/
# /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/

Use this for 64-bit Installs

# cp /tmp/copy/usr/lib64/* /usr/lib64
# cp /tmp/copy/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/ /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages

Alternatively, you can copy the following two files from any valid Fedora 64-bit 15 instance into a Fedora 16 instance, and manually create the symbolic link.


After you copy the two files into the right directories as root, you can create the necessary symbolic link with the following command (this isn’t necessary with the wildcard instruction provided earlier in the post). You need to ensure that you’re in the /usr/lib directory when you run the ln command, as noted by Gavin’s comment:

Use this for 32-bit Installs

# ln -s /usr/lib/

Use this for 64-bit Installs

# ln -s /usr/lib64/

As mentioned by Darr247, don’t forget to remove the /tmp/copy directory when you’re done making the changes.

Somebody asked me to add the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) commands that let me find these dependencies. That seemed like a good idea, here they are:

RPM Commands
Description of Options

rpm -qa search_string
Lists all installed packages that find the string in their package name. The results are typically piped through grep to filter the list.

rpm -qf file_name
Lists the package that owns a file. You need to fully qualify the location of the file with the complete path.

rpm -q package_name
Lists information about the package.

rpm -qi package_name
Lists information about the package.

rpm -qR package_name
Lists dependent libraries and commands for a package.

rpm -ql package_name
Lists files in a package.

rpm -qd package_name
Lists documentation files for a package.

rpm -qc package_name
Lists configuration files for a package.

If you want to set a menu item up manually, check this blog post. You also have the LXMenuEditor that’s available in beta as an alternative. Hope this helps those in need, as always.

Written by maclochlainn

November 24th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Posted in Fedora,Linux,Red Hat

Configure Fedora on VMWare

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It seems Fedora is always a bit of work. You begin by mistakenly downloading Fedora Live, which isn’t really the product but a run-time demonstration product. After finding the product, if you choose a full installation, there are post installation steps to complete. The first time you launch it in VMWare, you’ll see a Gnome 3 Failed to Load error dialog like this:

I suspected that installing VMWare Tools would fix that, and it did. However, your entry account doesn’t have “sudoers” permissions. You must add them before you can run VMWare Tools. There are six steps to enable your user with the sudoers permissions and four others to configure the standard installation:

  1. Navigate to the Applications menu choice in the upper left hand corner. You’ll get the following drop-down menu. Click on Other menu item to launch a dependent floating menu.

  1. The following floating menu displays to the right. Click on Users and Groups menu item at the bottom of the list.

  1. The choice from the floating menu prompts account validation. Enter your password and click the OK button.

  1. After validating your password, the User Manager dialog opens. Click on the single user that should be installed – mclaughlinm. Click the Properties button to change the groups assigned to the user.

  1. The User Properties dialog opens with the default User Data tab clicked. Click on the Groups tab to add the user to the wheel group as a property of your user.

  1. Scroll down through the list of groups and click the wheel group check box. Like the Mac OS, the wheel group provides “sudoer” privileges. Click the OK button to assign the group to the user.

  1. Navigate to the VMWare Menu, choose Virtual Machine and in the drop down menu Install VMWare Tools. This will mount a virtual CD in the Fedora virtual machine.

  1. Navigate to the Places menu choice and then Computer. Inside the Computer, choose the VMware Tools from the Devices section and you’ll see the following:

  1. Open a terminal session by choosing Applications, within the drop down choose System Tools, and then launch a Terminal session. You can then run the VMWare Toolkit by following these instructions:
cd /media/VMware\ Tools
cp VMwareTools-8.4.7-416484.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
gunzip VMwareTools-8.4.7-416484.tar.gz
tar -xvf VMwareTools-8.4.7-416484.tar
cd vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./

The last step requires that you reply to a set of prompts. If you’d like to accept the default at one time, you can use the following command:

sudo ./ --default

If you find limited access to the system after installing or upgrading VMWare Tools, you may have packages in the caught between start and finish. You can clean them up with the following syntax, as the root user:

sudo yum-complete-transaction
  1. In the terminal session you should configure three files to make sure your networking works. I found that the dialogs failed to set one key element, so it’s simply easier to do this manually. Rather than using sudo, you should open a root shell with the following command:
sudo sh

Enter your user’s password:

[sudo] password for mclaughlinm:

You should use vi to edit and save the resolv.conf file with appropriate domain, search, and nameserver values. The values below work for VMWare when the gateway IP address is

# Generated by NetworkManager
domain localdomain
search localdomain

Using vi, edit the /etc/sysconfig/network file to include an appropriate gateway IP address, like so:


The last file to fix is /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 file. This is the file that isn’t completely configured by the GUI component (it fails set the ONBOOT value to yes).


You reset networking with the following command:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/network restart

As always, I hope this helps a few folks.

Written by maclochlainn

September 25th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Posted in Fedora,LAMP,Linux,Red Hat

What a VMWare Thrill …

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I’d upgraded from VMWare Fusion 2 to 3 and taken care of most instances. A NASTY surprise awaited me when I tried to upgrade my Linux installations this morning.

You MUST to uninstall VMWare tools from your repository of Linux operating systems before upgrading your VMWare Fusion or ESX server. If you don’t, you can’t access the console because the drivers make the console look like this:

Perhaps I missed this note when, as an early adopted I opted to move straight to VMWare Fusion 3. I would have complied with these instructions to avoid this headache.

All that’s required now, is that: (a) I export 500 GBs worth of virtual machines to another machine running VMWare Fusion 2; (b) Individually start each machine and run the uninstall VMWare Tools command individually; and, (c) Shutdown and reposition all virtual machines on the original server.

As stated in the note, the command to remove it is:


Click on the note in the event the link fails to resolve, which would mean the note vanishes into oblivion some day in the future …

While I’ve another machine that’s not yet upgraded, this is a major inconvenience. It’s a shame that the Linux components don’t install automatically. It’s a shame that the install didn’t say something like, “Don’t do this if you’ve Linux virtual machines, unless you’ve removed their VMWare Tools installation.”

Another word to the wise, you don’t get the Linux Tools automatically when you download the product. The software prompts you to download the additional components when you attempt to launch a Linux environment. A cruel irony since by the time you see the prompt, you can’t! This is a change from the prior upgrade process.

Yes, haste makes waste but now I know. In the future, treat all VMWare upgrades like those from Microsoft test, re-test, re-authenticate in a small way before upgrading. Do you think VMWare really want to send that message to its customer base?

I got back to this tonight, and thanks to Red Hat’s Session Manager I was able to fix the Red Hat VMs. Launching it, I simply switched to the Failsafe Terminal and ran the following command, as per the note:

# /usr/bin/

After that, I rebooted. Then, installed (mounted the VMWare Tools disk) from the VMWare Fusion menu. Opening a terminal as root, I then re-installed and configured VMWare Fusion. Those are done. As more time allows, I’ll update about the others.

I’m now reconfiguring the network since the VMWare Fusion 2 bridged at a 172.16.153 subdomain and VMWare Fusion 3 bridges at a 172.16.123 subdomain.

Written by maclochlainn

February 6th, 2010 at 11:49 am

Oracle XE Install

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Some folks asked me to post Oracle Database 10g Express Edition step-by-step installation and how to setup an initial user/schema. There’s not much difference between the Windows and Linux installation but this one is the Windows XP installation.

Here are the eight steps required to run the MSI program:

1. Launch the MSI icon from your Windows Explorer:


2. Click the run button to extracing the zip file:


3. Click the Next button to run the Oracle Database 10g Expression Edition install wizard:


4. Accept the license agreement and click the Next button:


5. You can change the default installation base folder by clicking the Browse button, but why bother. Click the Next button to proceed.


6. This is the screen where you enter the privileged user account for the Oracle database. Make sure you’ll remember the password you enter. When you’ve entered it twice, click the Next button to continue the installation.


7. The Summary dialog shows you the ports for the installation. If you want to access this machine externally from the local host, you should open these ports for TCP transactions in your firewall. Click the Install button to proceed.


8. The last screen tells you that the InstallShield Wizard is complete. Make sure the Launch the Database homepage check box checked and click the Finish button to complete the installation.


After you’ve installed the database, you should immediately create a schema where you’ll work. The next steps show you how to create your own user/schema in the Oracle Database 10g XE instance.

1. The Database homepage provides you with a web login to the database. The only configured user at this point is the privileged user, which is known as the system user. The password to this account is the same as the one you entered during the product installation.


2. After you sign on to the database, you’ll be on the following console page. Click the Administration button on the far left.


3. The middle Database Users button in the web page allows you to create new database users. Click the Database Users image to proceed.


4. The Manage Database Users console lets you create or manage existing users. Click the Create button to create a new user.


5. The Create Database User console lets you enter a user name and password plus lets you grant necessary permissions to the new user. The entries on this form create a STUDENT user/schema with superuser responsibilities. The DBA role grants those superuser privileges. You click the Create button to setup a new user.


6. After you create the user, you’ll see the following screen. You can now click the Logout link to exit the application. Then, you can logon again as the STUDENT user.


I hope this meets the needs of new users.

Written by maclochlainn

April 23rd, 2009 at 12:34 am

Posted in pl/sql,Red Hat

VMWare and Fedora 10

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It sometimes gets tiresome to sort the VMWare compatibility issues with Linux release-by-release but at the end of the cycle it’s fine. I downloaded the current Fedora 10 Live release because it is so much smaller than the install disk. It uses a kernel of I encountered a critical errors when I tried to install the VMWare Toolkit from VMWare Fusion, version 2.0.3 (156731). The only error guidance you’ll get is that there isn’t any make file.

There’s a twist here if you’re most familiar with Ubuntu and sudo command execution. You need to su to the root account and run everything as root user. An alternative would be to edit the /etc/inittab file to allow the root user to boot the instance. The default is 5 (X11). You enable the root user by changing it to 3 (full multiuser mode). Don’t forget to change it back, you really shouldn’t log in as the root user. Anyway, you’ll have to do it to run the VMWare Toolkit successfully as shown later in the post.

You fix the incompatibility of the VMWare Fusion Toolkit by downloading the following two missing RPMs. You should be able to find them here. As to why they’re not in the Live DVD distribution, who knows.


You can’t run some of them through the RPM utility, so you should probably run them all at the command line. The command line syntax and sequence for these packages is:

rpm -ivh kernel-headers-
rpm -ivh kernel-devel-
rpm -ivh binutils-
rpm -ivh libgomp-4.3.2-7.i386.rpm
rpm -ivh glibc-headers-2.9-2.i386.rpm
rpm -ivh glibc-devel-2.9-2.i386.rpm
rpm -ivh glibc-2.9-2.i686.rpm
rpm -ivh gcc-4.3.2-7.i386.rpm

As the root user, you can now install the VMWare Toolkit. While running the installation, you’ll receive a prompt to confirm the /usr/src/linux/include. Don’t accept the default path because it won’t work unless you created a symbolic link. The kernel header files require you to enter the following path:


Everything should work finxs e when you compile the modules. Hope this helps a couple folks.

Written by maclochlainn

April 11th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Posted in Linux,Mac,Red Hat,VMWare

Aborting hung VMWare

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Customizing the toolbar is one of the things that I’ve found important in using VMWare Fusion to test various Linux distributions. It’s nice they put Suspend by default on the toolbar but it would be nicer still if they put Shut Down. I got tired of looking for the PID to manually kill the virtualization from the Terminal command line. It is so much easier to add a Shut Down widget before trying to install VMWare Tools because that’s where some distributions hang.

Here are the steps to customize the toolbar:

1. Right click on the toolbar before running the VMWare instance, and you’ll see this context menu. Choose the Customize Toolbar… choice from the list.


2. The prior step lets you customize the toolbar though the following menu option dialog. Just click on the icon you want and drag it on to the toolbar. I’d suggest dragging Shut Down and Full Screen on to the toolbar.


I prefer putting the Shut Down to the left of the Suspend button, like this:


Hope this helps somebody.

Written by maclochlainn

April 11th, 2009 at 1:39 pm