The following is from the VMWare Workstation AUR user comments, by user whompus. It describes how to install VMWare Workstation 6.5.x on either architecture.

As a temp measure use this method to install 6.5. Note that it will not install with pacman, so the files installed will not be traceable/removable with pacman.

To install Workstation on a Linux host using a bundle

1. Download VMware-Workstation-6.5.xxxxxx.bundle. Replace xxxxx for whichever minor version & architecture.

2. In a terminal cd to the directory where you downloaded the file.

3. Become root to perform the initial installation steps:

# mkdir -p /etc/rc.d/vmware.d/rc{0,1,2,3,4,5,6}.d
# sh VMware-Workstation-6.5.xxxxxx.bundle --console --custom

4. Read & accept the EULA to continue.

5. Accept the default settings until it prompts for System service runlevels then set to:


If you get the error “/etc/rc.d/vmware.d is not an init directory”, create the following in /etc/rc.d/vmware.d:

cd /etc/rc.d/vmware.d
mkdir rc0.d rc1.d rc2.d rc3.d rc4.d rc5.d rc6.d init.d

6. For System service scripts set to:


7. (Optional) Enter the directory path to the Integrated Virtual Debugger for Eclipse if Eclipse is installed.

8. Mash enter to install. Note that if nothing happens at this point and you are returned to the prompt, try re-running the installation without the ‘–console’ option.

9. Open Workstation (vmware in the console) to configure & use!

After launching vmware, if you experience an errors stating, “modinfo: could not find module vmmon” you may need to rebuild vmware’s binary modules. Use the following commands:

1. Make a backup (required before recompiling models):

# sudo mv /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary.old

2. Recompile modules and load them into memory:

# sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all


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