Today I changed my workstation to Debian. As Ubuntu is not nearly stable. Now I installed VMware player. I started it and got a message "Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled and and loaded into the running kernel. Kernel headers for version2.6.32-5-amd64 were not found" , below a field were I can give a file location. What should I do now? I never faced such a situation.

  • Sounds like you need to install linux-header-
    – jw013
    Nov 15, 2012 at 18:59
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    @jw013 That should be headers with a "s". I made the same mistake when I first answered.
    – jordanm
    Nov 15, 2012 at 19:04

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In order to compile kernel modules for your running kernel, you need install the kernel headers. The following command should work:

apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential
  • Thank. but waht means $(uname -r)? Nov 15, 2012 at 16:50
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    @DevNoob type it in as-is. It inserts the output of the uname -r command into the command line arguments.
    – Kevin
    Nov 15, 2012 at 16:53
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    – derobert
    Nov 15, 2012 at 17:38
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    @DevNoob: $(uname -r) will automatically be replaced by the version of the kernel you're running.
    – bahamat
    Nov 15, 2012 at 17:59

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