Errors Linux

VMware Server and kernel 2.6.33

Trying to recompile the VMware Server 2.0.2 on kernel 2.6.33 I came upon these two errors:

# uname -a
Linux Sauron 2.6.33 SMP Tue Mar 9 15:09:05 CET 2010 x86_64 AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 248 AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

This is a Gentoo machine.

Error 1:

The directory of kernel headers (version @@VMWARE@@ UTS_RELEASE) does not match
your running kernel (version 2.6.33).  Even if the module were to compile
successfully, it would not load into the running kernel.
What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]

This can be resolved by editing version.h (usually in /usr/src/linux/include/linux) and adding this line:

#define UTS_RELEASE "2.6.33"

Error 2:

The path “/usr/src/linux/include” is a kernel header file directory, but it does not contain the file “linux/autoconf.h” as expected.  This can happen if the kernel has never been built, or if you have invoked the “make mrproper” command in your kernel directory.  In any case, you may want to rebuild your kernel.
What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]

As the latest kernel doesn’t seem to contain this file, I took the autoconf.h file from, and copied it to the correct place. This made VMware compile (until it errored on other stuff, which can be fixed using this script).

I’m fairly clueless what implications it can have to make these changes. So use at your own risk. 🙂

Hardware Misc Networking Software www


As I often have people asking for the files I use to make my pretty MRTG graphs; I’ll publish them here.

Here are some examples:


The config files:

Sauron (including Squid stats),

Zero (including fan stats).

List of files included:

  • indexmaker; simple script (included with MRTG) to generate a simple index file with all the graphs
  •; will show you the IDs of the interfaces on the server/pc. These IDs have to be edited in the mrtg.cfg file; e.g.:

Target[eth0]: 2:public@localhost:

Make sure 2 is indeed the ID of eth0. Be aware that virtual interfaces, like the TUN/TAP interfaces (using by openVPN for example), can change ID each time they are restarted/rebooted.

  • mrtg.cfg; check the config file as an example.
  • mrtg-<xyz>.sh; bunch of files to generate some data. Not all of  those still work, but I haven’t deleted them yet in case. See the config to check those I’m using.
  • mrtg._1 and mrtg.ok can be deleted/ignores. Those files are generated by MRTG and I was to lazy to remove them. 🙁

  • Some day, I’ll write a decent howto, but for now, you’ll have to do with this.

    If there’s any question, just leave a comment.

    Apple Linux Networking

    OpenVPN Linux + Mac howto

    A short howto, as I was unable to find any clear ones on the net.

    I’m using Mac OS X (Leopard) as client, and a Gentoo server as server/host.

    I both tried Viscosity and Tunnelblick on my Mac as OpenVPN software, and Viscosity is probably somewhat easier to configure (using the GUI), it was shareware. So I ended up using Tunnelblick and it seems to be doing its job quite well.

    First of all, make sure Gentoo is set up and working as intended. I used my home router as VPN server (having both eth0 and eth1 (= ppp0).

    Using this howto, you’ll be able to get the server up and running.

    Besides the installation, and perhaps (config) file locations it should be pretty similar on other Linux distros.

    As I have dnsmasq running on my server (taking care of DNS) I added the following to the server.conf:

    push "dhcp-option DNS"
    push "redirect-gateway def1"
    client-config-dir ccd

    Don’t forget to allow DNS requests over tun0 interface in dnsmasq.conf.

    The first line tells the server to hand out as DNS server to its connecting clients ( being the internal eth0 IP of my server).

    The 2nd line, tells all clients to route ALL of their traffic through the VPN. I used the VPN to access a website that allowed only Belgian IPs, and I was in The Netherlands at the time I had to access the site (Skynet’s Rock Werchter stream). So I connected through my server at home.

    And the 3rd and 4th line are needed if the client access the VPN is on a private IP subnet (like being connected on a WiFi router, using IP 192.168.178.x).

    You’ll have to add, in the client-config directory a file per username connecting to the VPN with something similar to this:


    I’m not entirely sure if you can add multiple iroutes; something I’ll have to figure out when being on a different network.

    This is what my client config looks like (vpn-server-name.conf, located in ~/Library/openvpn/):

    dev tun
    proto udp
    remote 9000
    resolv-retry infinite
    tun-mtu 1500
    tun-mtu-extra 32
    mssfix 1200
    ca "ca.crt"
    cert "yeri.crt"
    key "yeri.key"
    tls-auth "ta.key" 1
    verb 3

    Yeri being my username. Don’t forget to download and add the ca.crt, user.crt, user.key (located in /usr/share/openvpn/easy-rsa/keys/) and ta.key (located in /etc/openvpn/) you’ve created on the server.

    If your client asks for “directions”, pick 1.

    Start up server and client software.

    Hitting connect in Tunnelblick should connect you to the VPN server, and (in my case) giving me an IP similar to You can check this using “ifconfig” in Terminal.


    tun0: flags=8851 mtu 1500
        inet --> netmask 0xffffffff
        open (pid 20551)


    tun0      Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
    inet addr:  P-t-P:  Mask:
    RX packets:407595 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:574351 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
    RX bytes:27473209 (26.2 MiB)  TX bytes:603524377 (575.5 MiB)

    Don’t forget; when using “tun” as driver, your gateway/VPN server will always have the IP ending on .1 (e.g.:

    Now, if you want to route all traffic throug the VPN, like I did, you’ll have to change some stuff in iptables (as the server is also acting as my home router, I already did have a few rules in it).

    Allow all traffic through tun0 interface:

    iptables -A OUTPUT -o tun0 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A INPUT -i tun0 -j ACCEPT

    Allow traffic through the external port 9000 (UDP):

    iptables -A INPUT -i ppp0 -p udp -m udp --dport 9000 -j ACCEPT

    Enable forwarding and NAT:

    iptables -A FORWARD -s -i tun0 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A FORWARD -d -i ppp0 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A POSTROUTING -o ppp0 -j MASQUERADE

    And lastly, as I have Squid running on my server, I want to transparently forward all port 80 requests to the Squid server running on port 8080:

    iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i tun0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 8080

    That’s about it. You should have a running VPN from your current location to your VPN server. And you’re able to use it as a gateway.

    You can always traceroute/tracepath to your VPN server ( It should only find one hop.