Ubuntu – VMware won’t work after Ubuntu Upgrade


I upgraded to Ubuntu 15.10 and now if I want to open VMware Player it doesn't do anything.
I also uninstalled and installed it again, still nothing.

What can I do?

Best Answer

The solution below applies to versions of VMWare prior to 12.1.0. The 12.1.0 version of VMWare does not require this fix.

VMWare and VMPlayer are in fact looking for a specific library string. You can execute VMWare/VMPlayer from the terminal by executing

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libglibmm-2.4.so.1/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

then vmware or vmplayer

I made this a permanent change on my system by executing instead

executing sudo nano /usr/bin/vmware and adding the line

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libglibmm-2.4.so.1

after the line export PRODUCT_NAME...

Press ctrl+o to save and ctrl+x to exit: VMWare will now work.

To perform the same function for VMPlayer, execute the same changes to /usr/bin/vmplayer