Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When I install WMWare tools, I get this error for vmhgfs:

/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmhgfs-only/filesystem.c:47:28: fatal error: linux/smp_lock.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
compilation terminated.
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmhgfs-only/filesystem.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmhgfs-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.0.0-12-generic'
make: *** [vmhgfs.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmhgfs-only'
If you wish to have the shared folders feature, you can install the driver by 
running again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make
and the kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your machine. 
These packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.

And /mnt/hgfs is empty when sharing. If I run vmware-hgfsclient in a terminal, I get the list of shared folders but /mnt/hgfs is empty.

i try to new version of vmware tools with vm machin but it very slowly And during the download is interrupted. can you give me link for tar.gz file?

share|improve this question
Did you installed the kernel header for your running one ? – warl0ck Apr 11 '12 at 0:24

I download this version:


The problem was solved

share|improve this answer
Yeah right, but how/where exactly did you get/download VMwareTools-8.8.0-471268.tar.gz!?? :( Just spent couple of hours looking for it and couldnt find anywhere... Any link would be of great help! Thx. – user54527 Apr 11 '12 at 21:47

You can find the previous versions here:

This blog has some details on what to do if you are running VMware on a Windows host:

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.