March 12, 2017

VMware Workstation + Archlinux = nightmare

Hi all,

This is a quick one. I think lots of active Arch users struggle a lot with every kernel update to run VMware Workstation. Unfortunately awesome vmware-patch from AUR ( not always helpful.

Here is some advise how to fight against several errors:

1. Error: /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c:1165:13: error: too many arguments to function ‘get_user_pages’

I saw this after kernel upgrade to 4.7. I used this link ( with solution to recompile required modules.

2. Errors: /vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c:1592:47: error: ‘NR_ANON_PAGES’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/vmnet-only/netif.c:468:7: error: ‘struct net_device’ has no member named ‘trans_start’

These 2 errors you can see after upgrade to 4.8. Here is handy solution with sed:

3. Error: /tmp/modconfig-HDxzxN/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c:1166:13: error: too few arguments to function ‘get_user_pages_remote’

This error you will see after upgrade to 4.9. Here is a thread about this error with solution. You can use script from TobInover to fix an issue.

I wish all the best, waiting for new kernel updates:)

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