VMware Server under FC6 Kernel 2.6.19

Sometimes the Linux Kernel can be a little bit painful in my opinion. Just tried to compile the VMware Server Kernel Modules under 2.6.19 and got:

make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.19-1.2911.6.5.fc6-i686'
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/hub.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/userif.o
/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/userif.c: In function ‘VNetCopyDatagramToUser’:
/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/userif.c:629: error: ‘CHECKSUM_HW’ undeclared 
(first use in this function)
/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/userif.c:629: error: (Each undeclared identifier is 
reported only once
/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/userif.c:629: error: for each function it appears in.)
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/userif.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only] Error 2

If you search for the error message in google you can already find some patches for the VMware Kernel Modules. But I preferred to get it working manually…

I added CHECKSUM_HW to /lib/modules/2.6.19-1.2911.6.5.fc6/build/include/linux/skbuff.h:


#define CHECKSUM_NONE 0
#define CHECKSUM_PARTIAL 1
#define CHECKSUM_HW 1
#define CHECKSUM_UNNECESSARY 2
#define CHECKSUM_COMPLETE 3

Since config.h is missing as well, I gave config.h an touch as well:

touch /lib/modules/2.6.19-1.2911.6.5.fc6/build/include/linux/config.h

Now the Kernel Modules compile and VMware Server is up and running 😀