Vmware vmplayer and kernel 2.6.32

So you have a shiny new linux-2.6.32 kernel installed but your VMPlayer does not work anymore since the vmnet module does not compile by throwing this error :

CC [M] /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetEvent.o
CC [M] /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.o
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c: In function ‘VNetUserListenerEventHandler’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:240: error: ‘TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:240: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:240: error: for each function it appears in.)
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c: In function ‘VNetUserListenerRead’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:282: error: ‘TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:282: error: implicit declaration of function ‘signal_pending’
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:282: error: implicit declaration of function ‘schedule’
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/opt/temp/linux-2.6.32′
make: *** [vmnet.ko] Error 2

Just do the following to fix it :

make sure first you have installed the latest vmplayer (VMware-Player-3.0.0-203739.i386.bundle) at this time for me.

  • cd /tmp
  • tar xf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar
  • cd vmnet-only
  • vim vnetUserListener.c
  • go to line 37 (after the last include)
  • add this line #include “compat_sched.h”
  • exit your editor
  • cd /tmp
  • sudo tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar vmnet-only
  • restart vmplayer

When recompiling the kernel module it should get it built properly and working it seems…..

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  • lex

    Unfortunately I still have problems:

    vermagic: 2.6.32-7-generic SMP mod_unload modversions
    parm: root:The directory the file system redirects to. (charp)
    ERROR: modinfo: could not find module vmci
    ERROR: modinfo: could not find module vsock
    filename: /lib/modules/2.6.32-7-generic/misc/vmmon.ko
    supported: external
    license: GPL v2
    description: VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
    author: VMware, Inc.
    srcversion: 9FB063A3FC33465439B2834
    vermagic: 2.6.32-7-generic SMP mod_unload modversions
    ERROR: modinfo: could not find module vmnet
    filename: /lib/modules/2.6.32-7-generic/misc/vmblock.ko
    supported: external
    license: GPL v2
    description: VMware Blocking File System
    author: VMware, Inc.
    srcversion: 400149ED038D22A87322D56

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  • moo

    wow, thank you. at last my vmplayer works again 🙂

  • yang

    add this line #include “compat_sched.h”
    should be
    add this line #include “compat_sched.h”

  • AlekSay

    Hi everybody!!

    installing VMware workstation 7 it fails compiling also the vmci and vmci-socket modules..
    the solution is to add the #include “compat_sched.h” in ./vmci-only/include/pgtbl.h from the vmci.tar module sources

    • Rui

      Thank you chmouel and AlekSay!

      This version of vmplayer is working on my linux-2.6.32-2 kernel. I had problems with vmci and vmci-socket modules too.

  • Oscar

    It works on Linux vanilla

  • hugo vanwoerkom

    I used this to fix vmserver-2.0.0-122956 to compile under Debian linux-image-2.6.32-trunk-686 (2.6.32-5).

    But how did you figure out the fix?


    • This is for vmplayer mate, to fix for vmserver i think there is other module to patch but I don’t have it so i can’t say…

  • danny0085

    VMware 7.0 Linux and Windows version


  • kleanchap

    Thank you for the instructions! I will try this out this evening on my Slackware system. All my VM modules are compiling fine with the exception of VMNet module. Hopefully your instructions will fix it.

  • Calimero

    Thank you for this useful post.

    Had a similar problem installing vmplayer 3 on a linux (ubuntu) 2.6.32 host. However your solution, as-is, allowed the vmware kernel module to compile correctly, but in the end i had no network support at all while running vmplayer.

    I found the missing #define to be located in /include/linux/sched.h on my system, so I replaced your #include line with this one :


    Works like a charm so far. Module compiled correctly and my VM now has network access as it should be.

  • Calimero

    Line in previous post is apparently broken by the blog comment system. Attempt #2 :

    #include <linux/sched.h>

  • Francesco

    Very Good , it works for me !!

  • Z-master

    Holy hell, thanks so much, i’ve been trying to get this installed for some time now, even went as far as installing a new kernel (from 2.6.30-ultimate to to get VMWare installed, then ran into this problem.


  • sb

    thank you

    i have been wrestling with this problem and recompiling my kernel like a mad man.

    i can’t belive the solution was that simple.

    thanks again.

  • Simone

    Thank you for this step by step how to!

    It has solved my problems! Bye

  • captainfoshizle

    Outstanding! Was beating my head against the wall after upgrading to 2.6.32 and vmware player refused to compile. Thanks for the simple but not obvious solution.

  • Blue112

    Nice ! That’s a good fix just like I like them.


  • JeroenP

    Amazingly I had to edit compat_sched.h so that there’s no space in between # and define in #define __COMPAT_SCHED_H__

  • Scott

    Thank you!! worked perfectly

  • outlander

    good solutions, helped me to fix problem with workstation in ubuntu 10.04. well done! thanks a lot

  • Ederleaofernandes

    I know it is not a new  post but…
    Thanks! It helped a lot!

  • Vitor

    Helped me a lot! Thanks for this information! People usually complicate things. It is as simples as you wrote.

  • Alexandre

    Helped me a lot TO!!!! thank you very much !

  • El Maquinas

    Thank you very much.

    This fix worked for me on VMPlayer 2.5.5.

    Note: My venerable Pentium-M doesn’t has PAE so I cannot use 3.x or 4.x versions.

  • CoUdos ;D
    And exact fix and probably indexed by a great build log, it was my number one on google search.

    To contribute, onliner in a nutshell:
    cfile=”vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c”; tarfile=”/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar”; cd /tmp; tar xf $tarfile; head -n 36 $cfile > buf && echo “#include “compat_sched.h”” >> buf && tail -n $(echo `wc -l $cfile|cut -d ” ” -f1`-36|bc) $cfile >> buf && mv buf $cfile; sudo cp $tarfile $tarfile.orig; sudo tar cf $tarfile vmnet-only

  • Jcook713

    This did it! Thanks for the help, this debian upgrade from 5 to 6 has been painful to say the least…