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I have been trying to get vmware tools support successfully configured and started in my Ubuntu 11.04 guest. I am running a current version of vmware workstation on Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate with an Ubuntu 11.04 guest install. This VM was created using the easyinstall option in vmware workstation.

I have manually reinstalled and reconfigured vmware tools with the follwoing results.

last bit of relevant output following the execution.

Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
initctl: Job failed to start
Unable to start services for VMware Tools

syslog output following reboot when vmware tools service fials

Jun 21 17:44:33 ubuntu tpvmlpd[17011]: bad device "/dev/**" given
Jun 21 17:44:33 ubuntu init: vmware-tools pre-start process (16816) terminated with status 1

I am hoping someone has some ideas.. Thanks, Pat

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sudo apt-get install linux-headers-virtual
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends open-vm-dkms
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
sudo vmware-toolbox
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This had no effect. Same error message in syslog. – Gabriel Hurley Jul 20 '11 at 19:33
I had already installed all this as well, same error.. I have also traded emails with vmware's linux tools point of contact and still have not gotten past this issue. They just have poor support for Linux guests. – apesa Jul 21 '11 at 14:53
@apesa: Give my answer a shot :) – TkTech Jul 25 '11 at 20:51

The error in question is from the ThinPrint service, which you most likely (99% of cases) don't need at all. You can easily (and safely) disable it. Edit /etc/init.d/vmware-tools using your favorite text editor (which we all know is Vim) and comment out /usr/bin/tpvmlpd. Then restart it by running /etc/init.d/vmware-tools restart.

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The file (vmware-tools) does not exist (at least on my VM). Is that expected? From where else would the ThinPrint drivers be started? – Bill Craun Jul 27 '11 at 18:47

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