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I've setup a local server running on ubuntu using VMWare Fusion and managed to get everything going really nicely, but I can't figure out to setup the symlink (I'm guessing thats whats needed here) to link /var/www where my server currently looks for files at the folder on the computer that is hosting it.

I'm running OS X Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 if that helps.

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Your question is not clear to me. Perhaps if you were to specify what you are actually trying to do, rather than how to implement a possible solution that may not even be correct. Are you trying to put your website files in a different directory (if so, you don't need to use /var/www at all)? Are you trying to link to /var/www from another computer (you could mount it if you wanted)? – Marty Fried Aug 7 '12 at 22:18
My apologies. I have got a local server up and running and the files for this are currently stored in /var/www. I wish to store these files in a folder on my host machine instead. Is that any clearer? – OrSean Aug 8 '12 at 8:08
Since I don't have a Mac or VMware, I don't think I can post an answer. I would urge you to use a conventional method of keeping the files on the server and accessing them remotely via either ssh or ftp. Many editors support this. You can't directly link to a remote directory, but you could mount it first, using either sshfs or smb (cifs), then link to the mounted directory. Either one is a bit of work to get authentication and permissions working correctly. – Marty Fried Aug 8 '12 at 17:33
As I understand it, what I'm trying to do is in fact a popular method, I'm just struggling to find any documentation on it. Thanks anyway though. – OrSean Aug 8 '12 at 18:40
up vote 1 down vote accepted

So after hour several hours of hunting and trying things, here was the solution to my problem:

VMware Tools not installing properly.

I had to run

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Then I could finally run


This installed the tools properly and mounted the shared folder where I wished to place my files. All thats left is to simply symlink to it. Hope that helps anyone who has the same problem in the future.

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