Continuing, if you like, on an admin topic concerning UEKR3 Oracle Linux 6.5, see: Missing kernel-firmware 3.8.13-16.2.1.el6uek on Oracle Linux 6.5, I’ going to give a recipe and some explanations for getting
vmtools modules successfully built in a VMware guest after complains about an invalid kernel header path.
Immediately after installing
vmtools in a VMware guest, usually using
/vmware-tools-distrib/vmware-install.pl, another script, usually
/vmware-tools-distrib/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl comes up, asking whether you want to configure
vmtools just now. Configuration essentially comprises the opt-in/out of functionality as well as building and integration of kernel modules into the running kernel. Iff you furthermore run a recent UEKR3 kernel without the according development packages, the console output may read like this:
Before you can compile modules, you need to have the following installed...
kernel headers of the running kernel
Search in repoquery --list kernel-uek-devel-3.8.13-68.3.5.el6uek.x86_64 for GCC...
Detected GCC binary at "/usr/bin/gcc".
The path "/usr/bin/gcc" appears to be a valid path to the gcc binary.
Would you like to change it? [no]
Searching for a valid kernel header path...
The path "" is not a valid path to the 3.8.13-68.3.5.el6uek.x86_64 kernel headers.
Would you like to change it? [yes] y
Enter the path to the kernel header files for the 3.8.13-68.3.5.el6uek.x86_64 kernel
The path "/usr/include/linux" is not a valid path to the 3.8.13-68.3.5.el6uek.x86_64 kernel headers.
Would you like to change it? [yes] n
WARNING: This program cannot compile any modules for the following reason(s)...
- This program could not find a valid path to the kernel headers of the running
kernel. Please ensure that the header files for the running kernel are
installed on this sytem.
[ Press Enter key to continue ]
What actually happens here is quite simple but however also expressed in a misleading way such that she/he may just suppose, installing the kernel headers will fix the problem (I even tried this
/usr/include/linux thing, as of the old days, won’t work you see, is none of uekr3 anyway).