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VMWare 4.5.2-8848 problem with new kernel 2.6.11-1.14_FC3



After upgrading my system tonight with yum, I rebooted with the newest kernel (2.6.11-1.14_FC3). The system came up fine and everything appears to run normally, except for recompiling modules for VMWare 4.5.2-8848. First, I got an error that the kernel was built with gcc 3.4.3. As far as I can determine, that version hasn't been released yet for FC3 users under normal upgrade channels. After force compiling, I got an error trying to build a vmnet module (vmmon built okay, though). This has not happened in prior kernels, so something's changed significantly enough to break VMWare for the latest released kernel. I suspect it's gcc that's the culprit, with some significant header file changes that aren't out in the real world yet.

Here's the output of the build error:

~> vmware-config.pl

[output truncated for brevity]

Your kernel was built with "gcc" version "3.4.3", while you are trying to use
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "3.4.2". This configuration is not recommended and
VMwareWorkstation may crash if you'll continue. Please try to use exactly
same compiler as one used for building your kernel. Do you want to go with
compiler "/usr/bin/gcc" version "3.4.2" anyway? [no] yes


[output truncated for brevity]

Extracting the sources of the vmnet module.

Building the vmnet module.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.11-1.14_FC3/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/lib/modules/2.6.11-1.14_FC3/build'
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/driver.o
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/hub.o
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/userif.o
In file included from /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/userif.c:45:
/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/pgtbl.h: In function `PgtblVa2PTELocked':
/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/pgtbl.h:81: warning: passing arg 1 of `pmd_offset' from incompatible pointer type
/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/userif.c: In function `VNetCopyDatagramToUser':
/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/userif.c:563: warning: implicit declaration of function `skb_copy_datagram'
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/netif.o
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/bridge.o
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/procfs.o
LD [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/vmnet.o
Building modules, stage 2.
MODPOST
Warning: could not open /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/includeCheck.h: Success
*** Warning: "skb_copy_datagram" [/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/vmnet.ko] undefined!
CC /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/vmnet.mod.o
LD [M] /tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only/vmnet.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/lib/modules/2.6.11-1.14_FC3/build'
cp -f vmnet.ko ./../vmnet.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet-only'
Unable to make a vmnet module that can be loaded in the running kernel:
insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config1/vmnet.o': -1 Unknown symbol in module
There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the
set of C header files you specified and your running kernel. You may want to
rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory.


For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please
visit our Web site at "http://www.vmware.com/download/modules/modules.html"; and
"http://www.vmware.com/support/reference/linux/prebuilt_modules_linux.html";.


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