Gentoo VMWare

Setup Gentoo as a VMWare Guest

VMWare Host

Set up the new guest as a 2.6 Linux guest.


I'm using gentoo-sources 3.8.13 for the kernel. Kernel config located here.


You can use the ISO tools that ship with VMWare or you can install them from portage. I recommend portage, since they are newer.

flaggie app-emulation/vmware-tools +vmware_guest_linux
emerge vmware-tools --autounmask-write

The ebuild will provide an ISO that has a tarball of the tools to install.

Note: The vmware-tools- ebuild provides VMwareTools-9.2.3-1031360.tar.gz.

mount -t iso9660 -o loop /opt/vmware/lib/vmware/isoimages/linux.iso
tar xf VMwareTools-9.2.3-1031360.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib/

The init script doesn't run with Gentoo's init system, so add a local entry to start it on boot:

echo /etc/init.d/vmware-tools start > /etc/local.d/vmware-tools.start
echo /etc/init.d/vmware-tools stop > /etc/local.d/vmware-tools.stop
chmod +x /etc/local.d/vmware-tools.*

Reboot the server so the vmtools daemon starts properly.

To see if you have the latest version, check the downloads page here. The “VMware Player for Linux 64-bit” bundle details will give the latest build number. That number matches the ebuild version.