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Browse button in VMWare broken?


July 26, 2007 3:27 pm





I forget this and have to relearn it every time I update VMWare on my machine (yes, it breaks with every update from VMWare).  For the nitty gritty details I am running VMWare Server on SLED10 SP1, though this also affects VMWare Workstation.  I am not sure if it broke with the update to SP1, or if it broke in one of the VMWare updates as I did them both at the same time back in one of the SLED 10 internal betas but at some point the browse button in VMWare started causing VMWare to hang.  After much searching on the web I discovered the fix – though I could have saved myself a bunch of time by searching our own Knowledgebase first, as someone had already created a TID.

The fix, for which I can claim no credit, is to su to root and:

  1.  cd /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
  2. mv
  3. ln -sf /usr/lib/
  4. cd ../
  5. mv
  6. ln -sf /lib/

And that should be it.

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  1. By:Marc-Andre Vallee

    great, i’ve been searching for that for a while, but unfortunatly, doesn’t fix my…
    i’m on x86_64, doesn’t know if it makes any difference….

    still getting

    (vmware-server-console:8189): libgnomevfs-WARNING **: Cannot load module `/opt/gnome/lib/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/’ (/usr/lib/vmware-server-console/lib/ version `GCC_4.2.0′ not found (required by /usr/lib/

    i know this is not support forums.

  2. By:Alex Evans

    I think I had the same problem at one point during one of the SP1 Beta’s. And I am not sure I ever fixed it – it’s likely a case of either having to install some -compat libraries or linking some of the other libraries you already have. I do seem to remember that the problem was caused by some libraries being compiled with GCC 4.2.0. Maybe someone on the forums has a better idea.

  3. By:John Yorke

    Excellent and very timely :). Works great on SLES 10 SP1 x86_64 for me.

  4. By:Carlo Baffè

    great tip, worked well for me on SLED 10 SP1 with VMWare Workstation

    tx a lot


  5. I don’t think that X86_64 makes a difference as I ran into this issue using VMware Server on my Intel based X86_64 machine with SLES 10 SP1 and the outlined fix solved it.

    So, worked for me.

  6. By:Erik Dooper

    You need to link to in /usr/lib/vmware-server-console/lib/ as well (note the -console in the path).

  7. By:Andreas

    Great Tip.
    Worked in my situation, searched around a lot until i found your tip.

    Thank’s for sharing!

  8. By:Ferenc Baksa

    Thanks for publishing your solution, after applying your fix my VMware Server 1.0.3 works perfectly on SLED SP1( again!

  9. By:dittoalex

    This also fixed my identical problem on Debian Etch.

  10. By:Patrick


    Thanks for the fix. It works well on my SLED 10.1.

    Didn’t find any posts about this in the wmware KB.

    Next step is to make hypervisor working with SLED and gnome to be rid of wmware 😉

  11. By:Grifter

    Worked like a charm, thanks for the info.

  12. By:Conte

    That did the trick! Thanks!

    Fixed VMware Server 1.0.4 on SLED 10 sp1

  13. By:Gary Childers

    Did the trick for me as well on SLED10 SP1 /VMware Server 1.0.4. Luckily, I found this answer on my very first google. Don’t know what caused the issue, though, it just started out of the blue. Thanks.

  14. By:f1Sh

    Excellent, it works on debian etch too! Great!

  15. By:mb

    That’s it!

    Thank You!

  16. By:Albert

    Did a refresh install of SLES 10.1 with VMWare Server 1.0.4 and it worked fine. Make sure that you have a machine that doesn’t have a other VMWare product installed.

  17. Man, you saved my life! hehehhe!

  18. By:zadoo

    awesome!!! thanks man

  19. By:anonymous

    i have Debian Etch and vmware 1.6 and these commands put again in work the browse button. Great Job man!

  20. By:Anonymous

    this resolved my problems with debian etch and vmware server 1.07
    thanks thanks thanks