UPDATE (2015-05-13): Confirming that the following approach works for Lubuntu versions 12.10, 14.04 and 14.10 and Linux Mint 15 and 17.
Today I wanted to install VMware tools in a Linux Mint 15 and in a Lubuntu virtual machine. I followed the standard procedure as it is described in this VMWare knowledge base article. After setting gcc path I received the following error:
run vmware-config-tools.pl, got same error message:**Searching for a valid kernel header path... The path "" is not valid. Would you like to change it?
After an hour of searching and trying numerous solutions I found the solution
in this AskUbuntu answer.So before executing
sudo ./vmware-install.pl follow these steps:
- Download linux headers using the command:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
- Create a symbolic link to
version.hfile: The vmware tools installer is looking for the
version.hfile in under
[kernelsource path]/include/linux/version.h, it’s not there. The location of
sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/linux/versionh
INFO: In some newer operating systems like Debian 9 the directory
/usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/does not exist, so we need to create it. (info courtesy of Eli Godoy)
Now you are able to install VMware tools without a problem! Good luck!