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Experts. I've successfully installed VMware tools for Ubuntu. Everything seems to work fine, but shared folders were not mounted automatically.
How do I get them to work?

If I run vmware-hgfsclient in terminal, I get the list of shared folders, but ls -l /mnt/hgfs is empty. Actually there's no hgfs dir in /mnt. I know I should probably use the vmware-hgfsclient tool, but I realy don't know how.

P.S. I wouldn't ask if I could understand the vmware-hgfsclient help I've read.

Any suggestions?

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I have set up on Windows 7 host with Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop with VMware Tools installed on.

Virtual Machine settings

  • Folder sharing = Always Enabled
  • Make sure you have at least one Folder shared between the host and guest

On the Ubuntu Guest

  • check /mnt/hgfs that you can access your shared folder.

    If you don't see your shared folders (automounted) inside /mnt/hgfs , run VMware configuration tools:

    sudo vmware-config-tools.pl

  • update your fstab using the details below:

    gksu gedit /etc/fstab

    (I am using ubuntu desktop so use other text editor to enter the next line at the end of the file)

    .host:/{shared-folder} /{path-to-mount-on} vmhgfs defaults,ttl=5,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0

  • Restart your vm (You may need to restart few times or get error message saying unable to mount just skip the error and restart)

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with {shared-fodler} you mean the NAME or something else ? For instance, if I'll run vmware-hgfsclient i'll get hst_dwnloads and hst_ebooks. So I should use on of them? so for hst_ebooks it should look like: .host:/hst_dwnloads<white-space>/mnt/hgfs/ vmhgfs defaults,ttl=5,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0 or not ? –  V-Light May 11 '11 at 9:10
    
@V-Light if you cd /mnt/hgfs/ then ls -a you'll see that share folders are auto mounted there. When you do sudo mount -t vmhgfs .host:/hst_ebooks ~/hst_ebooks this will mount hst_ebooks into your home directory. What you might be wanting to do is making is easy for you to use shared folders for that try above. –  Azizur May 11 '11 at 20:32
    
that's the problem. There's NOTHING in /mnt/hgfs/ The dir ist empty. –  V-Light May 11 '11 at 21:46
    
@V-Light take a look at How to Share folders with your Ubuntu Virtual Machine (guest) –  Azizur May 12 '11 at 9:17
    
@Aizur, the guide didn't help. But after 'cleaning' (uninstalling open- and 'normal'-vmwaretools) I was finally able to install open-vm-tools and mount shared folders. Thank you for you advice with fstab –  V-Light May 12 '11 at 22:56
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If you can't still mount shared folders after installing vmware-tools, here is the resolution.

Previously, I couldn't mount windows shared folder after installing vmware tools. I didn't see any folders under /mnt/hgfs.

Finally, I got resolved this share folder mounting issue by installing open-vm-dkms.

Here are steps:

  1. Ensure configured shared folder in VMWare Player

  2. Install open-vm0dkms:

    sudo apt-get install open-vm-dkms
    
  3. Hit the "Enter" all the way to allow default value

  4. Mount Windows shared folder to Ubuntu VM:

    sudo mount  -t  vmhgfs  .host:/     /mnt/hgfs 
    
  5. check if mounting is successful

    df -kh
    

    You should see:

    .host:/         57657252 50247088   7410164  88% /mnt/hgfs
    

    Also check again if any folders under /mnt/hgfs. You should see folders under which.

  6. Auto mount shared folder on startup

    There is a startup script called “open-vm-tools” with in /etc/init.d/ folder. Just add the below line in the start function.

    sudo mount  -t  vmhgfs  .host:/     /mnt/hgfs
    

Hope it can help.

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(applies to Mac VMware Fusion and Ubuntu file sharing) When you are asked in vmware-config-tools.pl about whether you want HGFS, say yes! (The default is 'no' and you may have skipped over it when hitting enter). This should give you /mnt/hgfs after the tools are installed.

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I had this exact problem. It turned out IT had installed some old version of VMWare tools with non-functioning vmhgfs kernel module.

My solution was to run the configuration with the clobber-kernel-modules setting to overwrite the existing vmhgfs module.

 sudo vmware-config-tools.pl -d --clobber-kernel-modules=vmhgfs

The -d selects all the defaults for you (remove it if you don't want the defaults).

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This worked for me using open-vm-tools from Ubuntu Software Center:

cd /mnt
sudo mkdir hgfs
sudo vmware-hgfsmounter .host:/`vmware-hgfsclient` /mnt/hgfs

assuming of course that I had already enabled a shared folder from the host machine in VMware Player settings.

Note that vmware-hgfsclient returns the list of shared folders that are enabled in the VMware Player settings. This function is available for both open-vm-tools and vmware-tools.

Also note that vmware-hgfsmounter is equivalent to

mount -t vmhgfs .host:/win7share /mnt/hgfs

or to adding to your /etc/fstab file

.host:/win7share /mnt/hgfs vmhgfs defaults 0 0

But the vmware-hgfsmounter function is not available using the official vmware-tools from VMware that ships with the current VMware player. Therefore, as the currently accepted answer suggests, running the vmware-config-tools.pl -d fixes the problem.

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Gave an error "share name is invalid". This syntax worked, however: vmware-hgfsmounter .host:/<Share-Name> /mnt/hgfs <Share-Name> is simply the name of the share as configured in VMWare –  Alexander Rechsteiner Nov 19 '13 at 15:03
    
Thanks @AlexanderRechsteiner. Your syntax is probably better as it is more general. FYI, backticks around commands expand the command so since vmware-hgfsclient returns the "share name", then `vmware-hgfsclient`, uses the returned "share name" as the argument for vmware-hgfsmounter. if you're getting "share name is invalid" try running vmware-hgfsclient and seeing what "share name" it returns. It may be a list, and that might be the problem. –  Mark Mikofski Nov 19 '13 at 17:38
    
@AlexanderRechsteiner Thanks for spotting that I had missed the file system seperator / in the host share! –  Mark Mikofski Nov 22 '13 at 17:40
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A workaround for this problem is to edit 'inode.c' and change the line '888' to remove 'compat_truncate' function call (that is responsible for this problem on kernels 3.8.x). This file is inside 'vmware-tools-distrib', so you need to perform the following steps:

Extract VMWare-Tools (probably you will get a folder called vmware-tools-distrib). Then:

 cd /vmware-tools-distrib/lib/modules/source
 tar xf vmhgfs.tar
 cd vmhgfs-only/
 sudo gedit inode.c

Go to line 888:

 result = compat_vmtruncate(inode, newSize);

And change it to:

 result = 0;

Then save the file and exit gedit.

 cd ..
 rm -rf vmhgfs.tar
 tar cf vmhgfs.tar vmhgfs-only/
 rm -rf vmhgfs-only/

Now restart the installing procedure. It worked for me in Xubuntu 13.04.

Src: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2136277&page=4&p=12709627#post12709627

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run vmware-config-tools.pl, AGAIN!

Refer: http://www.laotudou.com/vmware-player-share-folder.html

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Simple as that, and it worked just fine! –  ysap Sep 25 '12 at 19:29
    
vmware-config-tools.pl is not available if using open-vm-tools from Ubuntu-Software-Center or compiled from source from sourceforge. In that case user must use vmware-hgfsmounter as @snth describes in his answer. It may be possible to use open-vm-toolbox, tools and components for VMware guest systems (GUI tools) package from the Ubuntu software repository –  Mark Mikofski Jan 3 '13 at 21:13
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open-vm-tools would NOT build kernel modules until I first installed linux-headers-virtual (paired with linux-image-virtual of course). as soon as I installed the headers package, dpkg-reconfigure open-vm-tools resulted in successfully building and loading the kernel modules, specifically the vmhgfs module.

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You need to install the VMWare tools first, after that the vmware-config-tools can be used globally. For a more detailed guide, you can see here.

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I had a similar problem. The folder /mnt/hgfs/ appeared back again when I assured that open-vm was uninstalled. As follows

sudo apt-get purge open-vm-tools
sudo apt-get purge open-vm-dkms

and reinstalled vmware-tools

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I've been having the same problem but I think I have just been able to make some progress.

Type vmware-hfgs and then press the <Tab> key which will show you that there is also a vmware-hgfsmounter command. If you call that without any options it will print some help that shows you how to call this as part of the `mount' command. Using that info I then ran the following which worked for me:

cd /mnt
sudo mkdir win7share
sudo mount -t vmhgfs .host:/win7share /mnt/win7share

I was then able to access the Win 7 share and copy files to and from there.

If you want to make this permanent then I suspect that you will need to edit the /etc/fstab file but I can't help you there yet.

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If i execute sudo mount -t vmhgfs .host:/hst_ebooks /mnt/hgfs/hst_ebooks i get an Error: Error: cannot mount filesystem: No such device –  V-Light May 11 '11 at 9:29
    
Have you created the /mnt/hgfs/hst_ebooks mount point? I think in my case /mnt/hgfs already existed and in case there were any special event handlers watching that directory I rather created a directory under /mnt directly. Therefore try sudo mkdir /mnt/hst_ebooks and then try running the command again. –  snth May 12 '11 at 7:21
    
sudo vmware-hgfsmounter <host:sharename> <dir> runs the same commands as sudo mount -t vmhgfs <host:sharename> <dir> where <sharename> is vmware-hgfsclient –  Mark Mikofski Jan 3 '13 at 5:41
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