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  1. #1
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    Question Installing VMWare Tools on Kali 1.0.4

    Hello

    I'm running:
    Linux kali-h 3.7-trunk-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.7.2-0+kali8 i686 GNU/Linux

    I followed these steps first to prep for the VMware Tools install:
    http://forums.kali.org/showthread.ph...fix-for-vmware


    1. Make sure you got these sources listed in your /etc/apt/sources.list (I had only one but not the other which was my problem)
    deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main contrib non-free
    deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free

    2. Only after you can update and upgrade
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade

    3. Now you can successfully install the headers without getting the "package not found error". I used the following command:
    apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r)

    4. This should successfully install the headers and now you can install vmware successfully



    Then I ran:
    apt-get install open-vm-tools

    and that seemed to have gone well (no errors). I rebooted the VM, and although I have copy/paste and shared folders enabled in the machine settings, this isn't working (no copy/paste for example)


    Any ideas? I was hoping using the package manager to install would work...

    When I try to install VMware tools manually I get errors like this:

    Initializing...

    Use of uninitialized value $subLevel in split at /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl line 5399.
    Use of uninitialized value $subLevel in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl line 5400.
    Argument "7-trunk-686-pae" isn't numeric in multiplication (*) at /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl line 4958.
    Use of uninitialized value $subLevel in addition (+) at /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl line 4958.




    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Was having the same issue.

    apt-get install open-vm-toolbox

    Then reboot and hopefully you're done.

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by natv View Post
    Then I ran:
    apt-get install open-vm-tools

    and that seemed to have gone well (no errors). I rebooted the VM, and although I have copy/paste and shared folders enabled in the machine settings, this isn't working (no copy/paste for example)
    Thanks
    Hey!
    I had these bug after install open-vm-tools. And only after 5! reboots it successfully work (Copy/Past Drag-and-dropp etc). I think it is VM bug. On the host (I use Windows7), from the Workstation menu bar and VM > Reinstall VMware Tools will be appear.

    Cheers!

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    Thank you! That did the trick.

    So I assume for next time (or others having the same issue), that BOTH of these are needed:

    apt-get install open-vm-tools
    apt-get install open-vm-toolbox



    So nice to have copy & paste working


    Thanks again

  5. #5
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    Follow the instructions here: How to install VMware tools in kali

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