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This might be a basic reason, but somehow I have not been able to achieve it.

I am running a guest Kubuntu OS on a windows one, and I am trying to share a folder between OSes. The VMware tools have been installed properly, VM -> Settings -> Options -> Share Folders is set properly, and my windows folder is shared.

Any idea what else could prevent the hgfs folder to appear?

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Solution Copied from Peretz:

In a previous attempt, I installed open-vm-dkms. This was preventing the hgfs file to appear.

sudo apt-get purge open-vm-dkms

and reintalling vmware tools solved the conflict.

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Thanks for doing that. – Peretz Nov 2 '11 at 15:18

For some reason, the auto-installed VMWare tools didn't do the job, but Ubuntu has a tool called vmware-hgfsmounter, if I installed it then I could do this:

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools  
sudo mkdir /mnt/hgfs  
sudo mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /mnt/hgfs  

After running these commands, /mnt/hgfs should now contain your shares.


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