RE: FW: Linux 2.6.10 under VMware - NULL pointer.
From: Piszcz, Justin Michael (justin.piszcz_at_mitretek.org)
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 07:33:35 -0500 To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
> 1. Is the VMWare host Windows or Linux?
The VMWare host is Windows XP SP2.
> 2. Is the distribution of Linux you are attempting to run as a guest
> that is supported by VMWare?
Previously, it was Slackware and now Debian, not "officially supported."
But I never had any problem with kernels 2.6.5-2.6.9 with either
> 3. Are you using the latest version of VMWare?
Yes, I am using the latest stable.
From: M. Edward Borasky [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2005 4:32 PM
To: Piszcz, Justin Michael
Subject: Re: FW: Linux 2.6.10 under VMware - NULL pointer.
On Tue, 2005-01-04 at 10:49 -0500, Piszcz, Justin Michael wrote:
> At first, I thought these problems may have been related to XFS;
however, I am now using ext2 and they still persist.
> Under the same Virtual Machine, Slackware-9.1, 10 & -current worked OK
with kernels 2.6.5-2.6.9.
> The current distribution I am running is Debian Sarge 3.1rc2 with
> Any ideas?
1. Is the VMWare host Windows or Linux?
2. Is the distribution of Linux you are attempting to run as a guest one
that is supported by VMWare?
3. Are you using the latest version of VMWare?
VMWare is a commercial, licensed product. I have a license (Windows XP
Host), but I haven't done much with it recently, mostly because the
machine in question is now a *real* dual-boot and it doesn't really have
enough RAM to support a Linux guest in the manner to which Linux is
When I was using VMWare with Linux guests, however, my recollection is
that Red Hat Linux was supported; everything else was "roll your own". I
was able to get Debian "woody", Knoppix LiveCDs and hard disk installs
to work easily as guests. A little more hacking was required with
Gentoo, because of the different way Gentoo handles "/etc/init.d".
If I run out of more interesting things to do this weekend, I might
upgrade my VMWare to the latest stable and try to load Gentoo 2004.3 as
a guest with a 2.6 kernel, just to see what happens. I have Gentoo's
2.6.10-r3 running on all of my Linux boxes. I had one panic with
2.6.10-r1, but no events of any kind since that.
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