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    VMWare Tools in a Kali Guest

    If you have installed Kali in the virtual environment as a Guest machine, you may want to install VM tools to enhance the performance of your VM machine.

    To read the full document, check our VMWare Tools in a Kali Guest article.


    If you have any issues with this procedure, please post them in this thread.

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    I'm having issue with VMWare tools even after following the guide, as follows:

    1. When executing " apt-get install open-vm-tools " command, I get this error:

    "Package open-vm-tools is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source"

    2. I downloaded open-vm-tools and tried to compile them manually, I get this error:

    " checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
    checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
    configure: error: Can't find include dir under /lib/modules/3.7-trunk-686-pae
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
    make: *** No rule to make target `install'. Stop."

    3. I tried to use the native tools, I'm stuck at the step:
    " apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r)

    I get this error

    "Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-3.7-trunk-686-pae
    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'linux-headers-3.7-trunk-686-pae' "

    4. Even when trying to install from ./vmware-install.pl .. I'm stuck here:

    "Searching for a valid kernel header path...
    The path "" is not a valid path to the 3.7-trunk-686-pae kernel headers.
    Would you like to change it? [yes]

    Enter the path to the kernel header files for the 3.7-trunk-686-pae kernel?
    "

    Thanks in advance!

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    I can't get to installation-the following error

    vmware-error.JPGvmware-error2.JPG

    The problem comes from the VM version - the vm version work with latest vmware and oracle versions
    Last edited by smuggbg; 2013-03-14 at 03:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootameen View Post
    I'm having issue with VMWare tools even after following the guide, as follows:

    1. When executing " apt-get install open-vm-tools " command, I get this error:

    "Package open-vm-tools is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source"

    2. I downloaded open-vm-tools and tried to compile them manually, I get this error:

    " checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
    checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
    configure: error: Can't find include dir under /lib/modules/3.7-trunk-686-pae
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
    make: *** No rule to make target `install'. Stop."

    3. I tried to use the native tools, I'm stuck at the step:
    " apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r)

    I get this error

    "Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-3.7-trunk-686-pae
    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'linux-headers-3.7-trunk-686-pae' "

    4. Even when trying to install from ./vmware-install.pl .. I'm stuck here:

    "Searching for a valid kernel header path...
    The path "" is not a valid path to the 3.7-trunk-686-pae kernel headers.
    Would you like to change it? [yes]

    Enter the path to the kernel header files for the 3.7-trunk-686-pae kernel?
    "

    Thanks in advance!
    I was getting this error at first until I followed the article that the OP linked. However, I started getting another error after the vmware installer tried to start the vmware service. I'm going to post the error here in just a sec after making another attempt at this.

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    2 - Have you tried to download open-vm-tools from their official repository ?

    Compiling sources is always challenging, please copy the output of your ./configure command, it gonna help us to troubleshoot your issue

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    Hi And greeting to all Members and Admins
    im using kali-linux-1.0-amd64.iso on vmware-player
    when i try apt-get install open-vm-tools" "apt-get install open-vm-tools" then i get this error "package 'open-vm-tools' has no installation candidate bashackage:command not found
    can u help me fix this please
    thank in advance !

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    when it asks you to type in a a valid path to the 3.7-trunk-686-pae kernel headers put "no" instead of yes and continue. That's how I installed on both my PC's using VMWare Workstation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n1tr0g3n View Post
    when it asks you to type in a a valid path to the 3.7-trunk-686-pae kernel headers put "no" instead of yes and continue. That's how I installed on both my PC's using VMWare Workstation.
    That didn't work for me either. Installation aborts.

    Edit:

    I re-installed a few times. What worked for me is setting the Network Adapter to NAT instead of Bridged and then installing like normal. After the last install I followed the guide posted above and everything went swimmingly. Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Su1ph3r; 2013-03-14 at 12:44 AM.

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    just installed the vmwaretools and the main problem was the path of kernel and some other errors

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    When I use this command..

    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/vmware/
    I get an error saying "could not display /media/cdrom0/Vmwaretools-9.2.2-893683.tar.gz" and it says the Drive is read only.

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