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Bug 104038 - VMware versions sloted?
Summary: VMware versions sloted?
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo VMWare Bug Squashers [disabled]
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-08-28 08:14 UTC by Thomas Schweikle
Modified: 2005-08-29 11:08 UTC (History)
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Description Thomas Schweikle 2005-08-28 08:14:18 UTC
Could we please have VMware versions sloted? Since VMware 4.5.x is not
compatible with VMware 5.0 some of us need both versions installed side by side.
This means switching versions could be possible.

It is not neccessary to run them both at the same time. It would be great to
issue a command like "setvmware version" to have done
- terminating VMware daemons,
- switching config files,
- making the expected version default,
- starting VMware daemons

Maybe something like:
/etc/init.d/vmware stop
rm -f /etc/vmware; ln -s /etc/vmware-${version} /etc/vmware
rm -f /opt/vmware; ln -s /opt/vmware-${version} /opt/vmware
/etc/init.d/vmware start

Would be realy nice if you are in need having both versions available!

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install VMware 4.5.2
2. Install VMware 5.0
Actual Results:  
Version 4.5.2 is unmerged. Only version 5.0 remains.

Expected Results:  
Keep version 4.5.2. Additionaly install version 5.0 making it possible to switch
between the two versions.

Portage (default-linux/x86/2005.1, gcc-3.4.3, glibc-2.3.5-r1,
2.6.11-gentoo-r9 i686)
System uname: 2.6.11-gentoo-r9 i686 Pentium II (Deschutes)
Gentoo Base System version 1.6.13
dev-lang/python:     2.3.5
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.12
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.59-r6
sys-devel/automake:  1.4_p6, 1.5, 1.6.3, 1.7.9-r1, 1.8.5-r3, 1.9.5
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.18-r1
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.11-r2
CFLAGS="-march=pentium2 -O3 -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3.1/share/config
/usr/kde/3.4/env /usr/kde/3.4/share/config /usr/kde/3.4/shutdown
/usr/kde/3/share/config /usr/lib/X11/xkb /usr/lib/mozilla/defaults/pref
/usr/share/config /usr/share/texmf/dvipdfm/config/
/usr/share/texmf/dvips/config/ /usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/config/
/usr/share/texmf/tex/platex/config/ /usr/share/texmf/xdvi/ /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/gconf /etc/terminfo /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-march=pentium2 -O3 -pipe"
FEATURES="autoconfig distlocks fixpackages notitles sandbox sfperms strict"
USE="x86 X alsa apache2 apm arts avi bitmap-fonts browserplugin cdr crypt cups
curl eds emboss encode esd fam flac foomaticdb fortran gd gdbm gif gpm gstreamer
gtk gtk2 imagemagick imlib ipv6 java jpeg junit kde ldap libg++ libwww
linguas_de linguas_en linguas_fr mad mikmod motif mozcalendar mozdevelop mozilla
mozsvg mozxmlterm mp3 mpeg ncurses netboot nls nptl ogg oggvorbis opengl oss pam
pdflib perl png python qt quicktime readline ruby samba sdl slang snmp softmmu
speex spell ssl svga tcltk tcpd tetex tiff truetype truetype-fonts type1-fonts
vorbis xine xml xml2 xmms xv zlib userland_GNU kernel_linux elibc_glibc"
Comment 1 Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-08-29 07:39:01 UTC
They are not designed to live side-by-side and the headache required to keep
them both on a system isn't worth my time (sorry) as kernel modules would need
adjusting, as well as all of the initialization and configuration scripts.
Comment 2 Thomas Schweikle 2005-08-29 10:53:05 UTC
It would be nice to have at least the tools (, vmware-loop)
available for different versions. These work, even if the main program does
indeed need some tweaking to make them work side by side (not directly, you'll
have to switch between them. Only one version may be running at any given time).

It is a pitty not being able to have at least the tools available from older

Could you please make vmware sloted at least, installing files in
"/opt/vmware-${version}", linking "/opt/vmware" to the latest version installed?
This wouldn't be a great change, but a great enhacement over:
"emerge =vmware-workstation-"

Uupps! Again a VM created using VMware 5:
"emerge unmerge vmware-workstation"
"emerge =vmware-workstation-"

Do some work. Need VMware 4 for a new VM:
"emerge unmerge vmware-workstation"
"emerge =vmware-workstation-"


Leave it up to someone else to make it switchable! But make it possible!
Comment 3 Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-08-29 11:08:19 UTC

When someone says that they WONTFIX it, it means that they don't plan on doing
it.  As I am the only person that actively maintains the vmware-workstation
ebuilds, I think this is a complete waste of my time and that it will, in the
long run, cause more bugs to be filed.  You're more than welcome to do what you
want on your system, but as I stated before, this is WONTFIX.  Please refrain
from reopening this bug, as you'll only end up pissing me off.  The package is
NOT suitable for being installed into a separate SLOT, otherwise, I'd do it.
Comment 4 Chris Gianelloni (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-08-29 11:08:39 UTC