After upgrading a server from Etch to Lenny, I also decided to upgrade to VMware Server 2… (gym)

However I stumbled upon a warning when trying to compile the vmmon modules for VMware Server…

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server is suitable for your

running kernel. Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for

your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]

Using compiler “/usr/bin/gcc”. Use environment variable CC to override.

Your kernel was built with “gcc” version “4.1.3”, while you are trying to use

“/usr/bin/gcc” version “4.3.2”. This configuration is not recommended and

VMware Server may crash if you’ll continue. Please try to use exactly same

compiler as one used for building your kernel. Do you want to go with compiler

“/usr/bin/gcc” version “4.3.2” anyway? [no]

I don’t think it is wise to force version “4.3.2”, the hint said to set the CC environment to point to gcc version “4.1.3”… so… since I already have gcc-4.1 installed…

$ dpkg -l | grep gcc-4.1

ii gcc-4.1 4.1.2-25 The GNU C compiler

ii gcc-4.1-base 4.1.2-25 The GNU Compiler Collection (base package)

I simply ran…

export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.1

and re-ran the vmware-install.pl file…

Using compiler “/usr/bin/gcc-4.1”. Use environment variable CC to override.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running

kernel? [/lib/modules/2.6.26-1-amd64/build/include]

It didn’t seem to warn about the difference in the minor version… 😉