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open-vm-tools 9.4.0

posted Nov 28, 2013, 5:14 AM by Jack Radigan   [ updated Nov 28, 2013, 5:14 AM ]
The latest stable release from upstream has been posted to the updates repository. 

The LTS enablement stacks, which includes the 3.5, 3.8, and soon to be released 3.11 kernel, present a unique problem for packages like open-vm-tools that build kernel modules. In the case of this package a change occurred with the 3.11 kernel, which added the vmci and vsock modules. The package will not install if it tries to build its own version of these modules.

Unfortunately, the release included with 13.10, which is compatible with 3.11, does not build properly under the earlier kernels available with LTS. It also, mistakenly, includes the vmxnet module that, according to the 9.4.0 stable release documentation, should not be built for 3.x kernels. The kernel provides the vmxnet3 module, which should be used instead.

The package included with Centrych has been modified to adaptively build across all LTS kernels. It has also been changed to hook the vmxnet3 module for the pcnet32 network interface, which previously linked to the no longer included vmxnet module.