Installing vmware-tools on Debian/Ubuntu

Recently I tried installing the vmware-tools package on a new Ubuntu 13.04 and also a new Debian 7 VMWare Fusion virtual machine. In both cases, the vmware-tools installed gave an error along the following lines:

  • Searching for a valid kernel header path...
  • The path "" is not a valid path to the 3.2.0-4-amd64 kernel headers.
  • Would you like to change it? [yes] 
The solution to this is to install the necessary kernel headers and re-run the vmware-tools install script.

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)


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