[CentOS] VMware Server 2.0.1 and Centos 5.4

Ben Mohilef benm at dsl-only.net
Tue Oct 20 16:31:58 UTC 2009

Upgrade to RHEL 5.4's glibc has rendered vmware-hostd  inoperable in 
some systems. I don't know if Centos 5.4 has the same conflict between 
glibc and VMware Server as RHEL (no reason it shouldn't). 

If you run VMware Server 2.0.1 make a copy of /lib64/libc-2.5.so (or /lib/libc-
2.5.so) before upgrading to 5.4. If you encounter this problem follow dirkgf 's 
instructions in 

from which I quote:
> Re: vmware-hostd crashes repeatedly after upgrade to RHEL 5.4 Sep 5,
> 2009 7:49 AM
> just for reference in case somebody else is having this issue. We seem to have
> been able to resolve the problem for us. Following the steps we performed.
>     * Log on to your VMware host.
>     * Create the directory /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libc.so.6
>     * Log on to an RHEL 5.3. machine. Grab /lib64/libc-2.5.so (or
>       /lib/libc-2.5.so in case you're running an 32 Bit host) and copy it to the
>       VMware host into /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libc.so.6
>     * Rename the file libc-2.5.so within /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libc.so.6 to
>     libc.so.6 * Open /usr/sbin/vmware-hostd and add
>     /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libc.so.6 to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH. I just added an
>     "export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libc.so.6:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"
>     before the last line. * Restart your vmware services (or just the host)
> Downgrading libc might be also an option, but I'd like to keep the host
> unchanged other

Works for me on a x86_64 system which exhibited similar symptoms. I 
agree with his last line because I don't know what else retaining the old glibc 
wold break.



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