I have a question very similar to (15.04 VMWare Player "unable to start services" error) in that the modules cannot be compiled.

However, the top solution does not work for me. Error

Here is the terminal commands that I used:

root@LesserArk:~# uname -r 
root@LesserArk:~# man dkms
root@LesserArk:~# curl https://pastebin.com/raw/Z1ihzbcE -o /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  1646    0  1646    0     0   4485      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  4485
root@LesserArk:~# cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
root@LesserArk:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# tar -xf vmnet.tar
root@LesserArk:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# cd vmnet-only
root@LesserArk:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet-only# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
(Stripping trailing CRs from patch; use --binary to disable.)
can't find file to patch at input line 4
Perhaps you used the wrong -p or --strip option?
The text leading up to this was:
|diff -ur vmnet-only.a/driver.c vmnet-only/driver.c
|--- vmnet-only.a/driver.c      2014-11-20 20:13:56.000000000 -0500
|+++ vmnet-only/driver.c        2015-02-09 15:40:10.916640592 -0500
File to patch: 
Skip this patch? [y] y
Skipping patch.
2 out of 2 hunks ignored
(Stripping trailing CRs from patch; use --binary to disable.)
can't find file to patch at input line 45
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1 Answer 1


Well I was having the same issue, and this could be a possible solution. The same workaround has also been accepted as the solution in VMware communities. From Charly's answer on Installing VMware on 18.04: Failed to build vmmon:

Create a script file based on mkucebek's github sources, and run it each time it's needed, usually when you install a new kernel:

rm -fdr $TMP_FOLDER
mkdir -p $TMP_FOLDER
git clone https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules.git
cd $TMP_FOLDER/vmware-host-modules
git checkout $VMWARE_VERSION
git fetch
sudo make install
sudo rm /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1
sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 
sudo /etc/init.d/vmware restart
  • Fixed it for me on KUbuntu 19.04
    – mephisto
    May 13, 2019 at 19:04
  • Fixed it for me on Kubuntu 18.04 LTS.
    – Shai
    Sep 22, 2019 at 19:00
  • This did not work for me in 19.04 with Workstation 15.5.0. The solution for me was to go into BIOS and disable secure boot.
    – darksky
    Sep 24, 2019 at 5:00

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