vmware tools install (or vmware-config-tools.pl) hangs after X config
I was updating vmware-tools on some old Linux installations of ours, using a tarball I downloaded from VMware. Once I unzipped the tarball, I ran the installer and told it to take the defaults:
Got to one machine in particular and it hung right after this text:
X is running fine with the new config file”
Checked the processes and it seemed “
mkinitrd --help” was holding things up. Killed it (just to see what happened) and another “
mkinitrd” came up that wanted to build for the installed kernel. But that also hung. Killed the second “
mkinitrd” and it warned me about not having a proper initrd and all the horrible things that might happen in life if I rebooted with this botched boot configuration.
So I ran
vmware-config-tools.pl manually, then I ran
strace on that process, and it occasionally did a call-out to an old AD/LDAP server of ours that is deprecated. What the heck? Also saw it read from
/etc/ldap.conf as it did this.
So I killed the config script and moved
/etc/oldldap.conf. Re-ran the installer, and “whee” it all worked.
Didn’t feel like digging into it further, but I did get the tools installed and configured.