make-vmpkg - build VMware packages from VMware tarballs
make-vmpkg builds a set of non-redistributable Debian binary packages
(.debs) from packaging data delivered with vmware-package and a VMware
product tarball that you must obtain.
make-vmpkg will check that the tarball has the same md5sum and version
number as one that was tested to work with vmware-package. These
checks can be overridden.
For a complete example of usage, please see the file
The following products are currently supported:
VMware Workstation 6.0. Includes kernel modules.
VMware Player 2.0. Includes kernel modules.
VMware Server 1.0. Includes kernel modules.
VMware Server Console 1.0. This is a GTK application for managing
VMware Server Management Interface 1.0. This is a web-based
management interface for VMware Server.
VMware kernel modules for Linux taken from Petr Vandrovec's
vmware-any-any update. These modules are suitable for some versions of
VMware Player, VMware Workstation, and VMware Server.
Command line options:
package build directory
refrain from deleting the source package directory
set the distribution name (default UNRELEASED)
build kernel modules (requires root privileges)
local version (appended to the upstream version)
local maintainer name and email address in RFC 822 format if
$DEBFULLNAME and $DEBEMAIL are not set
perform a dry run, do not begin the package build (implies -d)
command to gain root privileges during package build
skip version and md5sum checks
attempt to build a specific product
force the upstream version
FILE should be the path to a tarball containing one of the supported
VMware products and is the only required argument.
Written by Marc Haber and Robert Edmonds.
Report bugs in make-vmpkg and the VMware packaging to the vmware-package
package in the Debian BTS. Report bugs in VMware products to VMware, Inc.
Bugs in VMware products that can be reproduced in both make-vmpkg generated
packages and the official VMware tarballs should be reported to VMware, Inc.
Bugs that can only be reproduced in make-vmpkg generated packages should be
reported to the Debian BTS with wishlist severity.