open-vm-tools is an alpha quality release

Bug #217254 reported by Rick Clark
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open-vm-tools (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Critical
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Hardy
Fix Released
Critical
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: open-vm-tools

According to VMware, open-vm-tools is an alpha quality release. I am afraid that inclusion in Hardy will cause confusion, and potentially damage to users who install it. It will also cause vm's using it to be unsupported by vmware.

I think we should remove it until a more stable branch is available.

Rick Clark (dendrobates)
Changed in open-vm-tools:
importance: Undecided → Critical
milestone: none → ubuntu-8.04
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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

2008-04-16 01:19:09 INFO creating lockfile
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO Removing candidates:
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-tools 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy amd64
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy hppa
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy i386
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy ia64
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy lpia
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy powerpc
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-source 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy sparc
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-tools 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy amd64
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-tools 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy i386
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-tools-gui 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy amd64
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO open-vm-tools-gui 2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1 in hardy i386
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO Removed-by: Steve Langasek
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO Comment: not release-quality, per server team; LP: #217254
2008-04-16 01:19:12 INFO 12 packages successfully removed.
2008-04-16 01:19:13 INFO Transaction committed.
2008-04-16 01:19:13 INFO The archive will be updated in the next publishing cycle.

Changed in open-vm-tools:
status: New → Fix Released
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Bradford M. Knowlton Jr. (brad-ucanbonline) wrote :

Just wondering what the possible time frame might be before we see open-vm-tools return to the repository? I'm currently working with JeOS 8.04 RC, and it is very unpractical to use the standard vmtools for each virtual machine, as they require the installation of the build tools to be installed. Is there somewhere

Thanks,
Bradford Knowlton
http://x86virtualization.com

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Nick Barcet (nijaba) wrote : Re: [Bug 217254] Re: open-vm-tools is an alpha quality release

Bradford M. Knowlton Jr. wrote:
> Just wondering what the possible time frame might be before we see open-
> vm-tools return to the repository? I'm currently working with JeOS 8.04
> RC, and it is very unpractical to use the standard vmtools for each
> virtual machine, as they require the installation of the build tools to
> be installed. Is there somewhere

This is currently in the work with VMware and a compatible version will
be provided in the partner repository after release and validation of
the tools with it.

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Aero Leviathan (ubuntu-aeroleviathan) wrote :

Where can I track the status of this new package?

Also, is there a way to see what's in the 'partner' repository, as it does not seem to be shown on http://packages.ubuntu.com ?

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Will Uther (willu-mailinglists) wrote :

It is a pity that these tools are missing. While perhaps only 'alpha' quality, the official vmware tools are currently broken on hardy, whereas the open tools work. Even the vmware blogs are pointing to them:

http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2008/05/linux-2624-and.html

Perhaps adding a "warning: unsupported" would have been better than removing them entirely.

Is there any chance of bringing them back?

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Lowell Alleman (lowell-alleman) wrote :

You should still be able to download and install these manually:

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/hardy/+source/open-vm-tools/+builds

Hope that helps,

- Lowell Alleman

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