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21st January 2013, 10:16 AM
I had troubles installing VMware Tools 9 (VMware workstation) on Fedora 18.

The VMware tools installer was complaining that the kernel-headers path was "", and I could not continue. However, I had installed the proper kernel headers and met the other VMware tools prerequisites.

Anyhow I found this link that helped:


In summary the fix involves copying the version.h file to another location. As I'm using kernel 3.7.2-204.fc18.i686.PAE this was the fix for me:

cp /usr/src/kernels/3.7.2-204.fc18.i686.PAE/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/3.7.2-204.fc18.i686.PAE/build/include/linux/

Credit for this fix goes to user nrivoli over at the VMware Communities forum. :)

4th May 2013, 09:23 PM
There's an updated command (http://communities.vmware.com/message/2188131#2188131) that will work even after kernel updates. Also, the specific dependencies (better than kernel-*) are kernel-headers and kernel-devel

yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel
cp /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build/include/linux/

4th May 2013, 10:26 PM
If the open source tools for vmware will be sufficient, then you can install them using yum.

yum install open-vm-tools

It was just approved a week or two ago, and is available for F17, F18 and F19

30th May 2013, 10:12 AM
It must be weird:

I just found that the /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build is broken symbolic link on my system:

[zqzas@localhost 3.9.2-200.fc18.x86_64]$ file build
build: broken symbolic link to `/usr/src/kernels/3.9.2-200.fc18.x86_64'

26th December 2013, 07:32 AM

I am having the same issue. Did you find any solution for that broken link?