Re: VMware-workstation-4.5.1 on linux-2.6.4-x86_64 host fai

From: Hans-Peter Jansen
Date: Wed Mar 24 2004 - 13:56:58 EST

On Wednesday 24 March 2004 12:59, Petr Vandrovec wrote:
> On 24 Mar 04 at 11:43, Hans-Peter Jansen wrote:
> >
> > Am I right, that you're running on i586, while the problem expose
> > on x86_64 arch?
> Not only. It builds & runs without patches if you use "right"
> x86_64 kernels. Patch you posted is needed on SuSE (AFAIK) 2.4.x
> kernels and on 2.6.x kernels, while RedHat 2.4.x kernels works
> without patch. On other side ffs(0) returns 33 on RedHat's 2.4.x
> kernels (at least on one...) which can cause machine lockup in
> endless loop waiting until ffs(0) will become 0...

Hmm, it's a SuSE issue then, nice to know (and easily fixable ;-).

> On 2.6.x kernels additionally (problem you are hitting now)
> SIO*BRIDGE ioctls were moved from "compatible" to "not so
> compatible" group. If you'll just mark them as "compatible", it
> will work sufficiently well to get networking in VMware.

I found it. Fixed it with this patch:

--- include/linux/compat_ioctl.h~ 2004-03-12 18:37:26.000000000 +0100
+++ include/linux/compat_ioctl.h 2004-03-24 12:34:30.000000000 +0100
@@ -247,10 +247,10 @@
-/* FIXME: not compatible
+/* FIXME: not compatible */
+/* reactivated for vmware */

> Unfortunately I'm not aware about any way how to issue x86_64
> ioctls from 32bit ia32 program, and spawning external program just
> to perform one ioctl on some file descriptor looks like overkill.

Since networking works as expected, I don't see any reason for this
(I probably missing some aspect..)

> I'll start supporting x86_64 in vmware-any-any- patches as soon as
> someone donates x86_64 system to me, or after ~ September 2004,
> whatever comes first. Until then you have to get it to work

Well, I cannot spend you a machine atm, sorry.

As it appears to me, VMware Inc. owes you __at least__ one ;-)

> yourself - change you made is already done in
> vmware-any-any-update55, unfortunately other parts of that update
> do not build on x86_64 yet...

Oh, well...

> Petr Vandrovec

My last issue is a cosmetical one. Is it expected, that in VMware GUI,
the menu and all edit fields are rendered in a fixed space font (looks
like "ETL Fixed"), which looks quite strange?

Thanks for your help,

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