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Announcing factory-tested

November 29th, 2010 by

Good news everyone! There is something new that is better than Factory and Milestones.

You might have heard users complaining about openSUSE Milestones being alpha quality and RCs/GMs being beta quality only.

You might also have heard developers complaining that people only start testing RCs, which is too late to fix most bugs (some users don’t know that).

You might also have heard geeks calling for rolling releases to always have bleeding edge software.

Luckily, all of the above can be helped.

I have been thinking about this situation and how to improve it.
The main problem is, that Factory is sometimes broken. So how can we make testing new software safer, even between milestone-releases (which are manual factory-snaphots)?

There is now a factory-tested repository that only gets updated when tests show that factory meets the following minimum requirements:

  • The system can be installed,
  • Zypper can install software,
  • And X11 can be started – at least on KVM

While this can not save users from all major bugs, it is already a big improvement to current Factory which gets released whenever it builds. So, why don’t you give it a try?

For more info on test-results (including videos), you can also have a look at the openQA page.

updated permissions handling in 11.4

November 24th, 2010 by

In addition to supporting file system capabilities (fate#307254) I’ve also updated the permissions handling in 11.4 slightly.

There have been complaints that every SuSEconfig run also calls SuSEconfig.permissions which leads to changed file permissions at unexpected times. Therefore I’ve modified SuSEconfig.permissions to only actually set permissions when called explicitly (ie SuSEconfig –module permissions). When called by a generic SuSEconfig run SuSEconfig.permissions now only shows files with wrong permissions but doesn’t actually fix them anymore.

Since packages that have files with special permission handling do call SuSEconfig.permissions explicitly via %run_permissions in %post the change above alone isn’t sufficient to avoid surprises. Therefore I’ve introduced the new macro %set_permissions. This macro expects file names as arguments. Only permissions of those files are adjusted then. To notify packagers of that new method an rpmlint check now issues an informal message if %run_permissions is used.

Please note…

November 22nd, 2010 by

I’m going on parental leave from December 14th to February 13th, 2011. My son was born in January and now it’s my time to help a bit more out at home. My wife has many plans for me and I have some myself as well including changing diapers, some work at the house, celebrating christmas, showing off our kids to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, getting my son settled in the daycare, building a snow man…

I hope some days of vacation will be in there as well so that I can be refreshed again when I return back to the Novell office to continue working for openSUSE.

Right now, I try to find some people that take over some of my responsibilities.

I will take care that everything I do which is important will be handled during the time, e.g. even better reaction to PromoDVD shipping – and silently hope that after the parental everything works far better without me than right now ;)

So, you all have a short break from me.  I don’t know how much time I’ll spend online but I know I will not be in the office and don’t want to be fully engaged during my leave.  I’m looking forward to both
the parental leave and also to return – and will read regularly the openSUSE planet to see what’s happening!

During my absence, Jacqueline Junghanns will take over and handle most of my responsibilities. Some of you might know Jacqueline from the openSUSE conferences which she helped to organize. I hand over the virtual mikrophone to Jacqueline to introduce herself:

Jacqueline

Jacqueline

“Hi, my name is Jacqueline Junghanns and I can say that I am a SUSE dinosaur as I had my ten year anniversary just a couple of weeks ago and I do not plan to extinct any time soon ;).  I am very much looking forward to dive into the openSUSE project because I already got the chance to help out “backstage” and I am glad about this new opportunity.  During my ten years I gathered experience in various areas such as hardware certification and right now as a team assistant for OPS.”

Sending of PromoDVDs

One thing I have handled in the past, is sending out of PromoDVDs and other promotional material for events. We do have a good stock of openSUSE 11.3 DVDs available and happily send them out for events. Please start using the address promodvds@opensuse.org to request them – and right now Jacqueline and myself will answer, later only Jacqueline.

LibreOffice 3.3 beta3 available for openSUSE

November 22nd, 2010 by

I’m happy to announce LibreOffice 3.3 beta3 packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service LibreOffice:Unstable project. They are based on the libreoffice-3.2.99.3 release. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE LibreOffice build on the wiki page.

The packages are beta versions and might include even serious bugs. Therefore they are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …

As usual, we kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs. The product LibreOffice should appear in the Novell bugzilla soon. In the meantime, please, use the OpenOffice.org product.

Known bugs

  • shell wrappers are still ooffice, oowriter, …; we need to discuss the new wrapper names with other distros first
  • extensions are not registered after the update from OpenOffice_org-* packages; a workaround is to reinstall the packages once again; We plan to remove the registration during installation; it will allow users to disable the extensions by themselves
  • some packages were not renamed, .e.g. OpenOffice_org-thesaurus, …; they are not built from the main LO sources; we will do it later
  • user configuration is stored into ~/.libreoffice/3-suse; we might try to share the directory ~/.libreoffice/3 after we fix the incompatible BerkleyDB; Well, we are not sure if it is enough and it is a good idea, so it will need some more testing
  • GNOME quickstarter is started by default; you might disable it in Tools/Options/OpenOffice.org/Memory/Enable systray Quickstarter
  • SLED10 build is not available; need more love

More known bugs

Other information and plans:

I am sorry if you had troubles with the LibreOffice:Unstable repository last week. It was sometimes inconsistent because I forgot to disable publishing before I fixed build of all packages. Everything should be fine now.

I have done another rebuild over the weekend that finally enabled non-English localizations.

The next build should be available within two weeks. It is still a bit unclear whether it would be another beta or the first release candidate.

BugDay

November 22nd, 2010 by

At the last openSUSE project meeting and after the discussion about “zombie” bugs on the opensuse-project mailing list, a small team of volunteers agreed to organize a Bug Day on Saturday, November 27th. What is a Bug Day? This is a day when many people from the community help to triage bugs in Bugzilla. It is a good and easy way to get involved in the openSUSE project!

Here is what you need to participate:
– a recent version of openSUSE (11.3 or a milestone of 11.4). It’s okay to run openSUSE in a virtual machine.
– an IRC client to interact with the other participants
– good mood :-)

A small team will organize the event by providing lists of bugs, and will be available to guide new contributors if needed. So it will be easy to help!

For this specific Bug Day, we will focus on the “zombie” bug reports: those are reports against old versions of openSUSE (openSUSE 10.x and 11.0). As some reports might still be valid, we don’t want to close all of them automatically. We will therefore check all those reports to see if they are still valid in the latest version of openSUSE (11.3 or a milestone of 11.4). The goal is to close those bug reports if possible, or, if they are still valid, to move them to a current version of openSUSE so that they’re not lost in limbo. So during a full day, people come on irc and help each other triage bugs.

Please note that this is only for openSUSE bugs (living in bugzilla.novell.com), but a solution for some bugs might be to forward them upstream.

Come on #opensuse-bug (freenode) on a Saturday 27.11.2010, we’ll be glad to have you join the fun! ;)

Just a small story about my ambassador life

November 20th, 2010 by

Well, i know that i haven’t be so active in the last months here in lizards or the OWN but that doesn’t mean that i stop my ambassador work, and here is a small story about what i do to integrate the spread of the openSUSE word in my work.

After a really bad month for the economic point of view, i had to refocus all the goals of my company to jump out the hole where i fall thanks to the changes in the economy of my country (Venezuela), so i came out with the idea of give on-line courses about system security, hacking, pen-testing and that kind of stuff, including the usual Web Dev, Sys Admin courses.

I give a lot of conferences of Hacking and System Security around this year in various events, and taking advantage of that give some publicity to the courses, but of course including something: Our Beloved Geeko. :D

In the courses I teach using openSUSE, and have turned a lot of people that doesn’t even had a clue of what its linux, to be a totally Geeko Lovers, to the point that they speak about “The green side of the force”.

In all my conferences always appear the words: “openSUSE its the best option for newbies and advanced users”, “You wanna try Linux, well the best option i can give its openSUSE”, I am a proudly member/ambassador of the openSUSE Community”.

Subliminal, directly, any way i just point people to use and love the Geeko!

I hope to be more active around here in the next weeks when all the events and congress are done.

Cheers people! There are always some ways to Spread the word of the Geeko!

Status Hungarian openSUSE Documentation

November 17th, 2010 by

As I wrote last time, I’ve migrated our documentation to a public SVN server on BerliOS. There you can get the English sources of the official openSUSE documentation and some business products too.

Apart from Russian, I’m very happy that the Hungarian translation of the openSUSE documentation is underway! Thanks to Kálmán Kéménczy, he will publish the Hungarian documentation soon. Currently, some translatation, proofreading, and polishing have to be done, so stay tuned (see https://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/opensuse-doc/trunk/documents/distribution/hu.)
By the way, the Hungarian books from the 11.1 and 11.2 release can be downloaded in the Hungarian portal.

If someone from the Hungarian community wants to help, please support Kálmán and contact him for futher details.

Thanks Kálmán, for your ongoing work! I’m sure, everybody appreciates your work, be it in the past, present, or future.

New Package for packager: whohas

November 16th, 2010 by

Sometimes a packager asked himself, who has already packaged this Software? Maybe the Packagingfiles can help me to fix a error? Or maybe an other packager has a written a patch that i can use for my situation?
Philipp L. Wesche knows this situation, and he wrote a program, that allows to view in other Distributions and Repositories, who has a specific Software packaged. The commandline tool “whohas” supports Arch, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, openSUSE, Slackware, linuxpackages.net, Source Mage, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Fink, MacPorts and Cygwin. Philipp wrote this tool in Perl and was designed to help package maintainers find ebuilds, pkgbuilds and similar package definitions to learn from.

The Tutorial from the Autor can found at: http://www.philippwesche.org/200811/whohas/intro.html

You can download this tool on: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Contrib

WebYaST – now for openSUSE

November 16th, 2010 by

We first released WebYaST in January this year, but while we did release it under Open Source licensing straight from the get-go, we were so busy working on the SUSE Appliance Program that we could not properly test it to also ship an openSUSE packaged version – yet.

That changed with our newest release, and those of you building openSUSE images in SUSE Studio can now add WebYaST to any build with just another click in the selections, as James Tan documented in exquisite snapshotting detail in his blog post.

Internally, we have been mostly focusing on Appliance use, albeit with increasingly frequent forays into the land of more general-purpose Enterprise system administration.  While the current release is quite complete for its Appliance Toolkit use case, it still has a way to go to match the completeness provided by “classic YaST” to openSUSE users.  While over time the array of modules will steadily grow, there are two remarks that I want to make today: for one, WebYaST is to me an extremely exciting bit of configuration and monitoring software, not just because of its elegant look and web-based interface, but particularly because of the cleverness of simplified interaction in some modules (take a spin of the Firewall module to see exactly what I mean).  The second bit is that, because of WebYaST’s newness, the space is ripe for Contributors with creative ideas to come in with Community modules: access to configuration and monitoring features over a Web UI is a powerful mixture, especially when combined with the rise of Smartphone and Tablet computing we are seeing… just a thought I wanted to leave your fertile minds with!

Some documentation to oil your synapses :) Happy Hacking! -F2

Make vmware workstation 7.1.3 running with opensuse 11.4 (kernel 2.6.37)

November 15th, 2010 by

Note about the 2.6.37xx

There’s a solution to make the kernel modules building under openSUSE factory (11.4) and the kernel 2.6.37

Preparation

download the lastest vmware workstation 7.1.3 (the patch is only for this version)
download the patch vmware-7.1.3-2.6.37-rc5.patch
download the script to patch patch-modules_v62-opensuse.sh

Install

Proceed to the normal installation of workstation, if you have older version, it will be replaced
by running under root account

sh VMware-Workstation-Full-7.1.3-324285.x86_64.bundle

Patch

Now we have to apply the needed patch, just run as root

sh patch-modules_v62-opensuse.sh

Here the output result

sh patch-modules_v62-opensuse.sh 
(Stripping trailing CRs from patch.)
patching file vmci-only/include/compat_semaphore.h
(Stripping trailing CRs from patch.)
patching file vmmon-only/linux/driver.c
(Stripping trailing CRs from patch.)
patching file vmnet-only/compat_semaphore.h
(Stripping trailing CRs from patch.)
patching file vsock-only/shared/compat_semaphore.h
Stopping VMware services:
   VMware USB Arbitrator                                               done
   VM communication interface socket family                            done
   Virtual machine communication interface                             done
   Virtual machine monitor                                             done
   Blocking file system                                                done
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.37-rc5-12-desktop/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C ../../../linux-2.6.37-rc5-12 O=/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop/. modules
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/iommu.o
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/iommu.c: In function ‘IOMMUUnregisterDeviceInt’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/iommu.c:217:17: warning: ignoring return value of ‘device_attach’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.o
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c: In function ‘HostIFReadUptimeWork’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c:2004:37: warning: ‘newUpBase’ may be used uninitialized in this function
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/linux/driverLog.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/memtrack.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/vmx86.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/cpuid.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/task.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/hashFunc.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/comport.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/common/phystrack.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/vmcore/moduleloop.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/vmmon.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
  CC      /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/vmmon.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only/vmmon.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C $PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= postbuild
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only'
make[1]: `postbuild' is up to date.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only'
cp -f vmmon.ko ./../vmmon.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmmon-only'
Built vmmon module
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.37-rc5-12-desktop/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C ../../../linux-2.6.37-rc5-12 O=/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop/. modules
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/hub.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/userif.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/netif.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/bridge.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/filter.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/procfs.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/smac_compat.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/smac.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetEvent.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vmnet.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
  CC      /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vmnet.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vmnet.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C $PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= postbuild
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only'
make[1]: `postbuild' is up to date.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only'
cp -f vmnet.ko ./../vmnet.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only'
Built vmnet module
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.37-rc5-12-desktop/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C ../../../linux-2.6.37-rc5-12 O=/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop/. modules
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/filesystem.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/dentry.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/stubs.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/dbllnklst.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/file.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/block.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/module.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/super.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/inode.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/linux/control.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/vmblock.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
  CC      /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/vmblock.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only/vmblock.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C $PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= postbuild
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only'
make[1]: `postbuild' is up to date.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only'
cp -f vmblock.ko ./../vmblock.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only'
Built vmblock module
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.37-rc5-12-desktop/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C ../../../linux-2.6.37-rc5-12 O=/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop/. modules
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/linux/driver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/linux/driverLog.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/linux/vmciKernelIf.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciDatagram.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciDriver.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciDs.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciContext.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciHashtable.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciEvent.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciQueuePair.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciGroup.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciResource.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/common/vmciProcess.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/vmci.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
  CC      /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/vmci.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only/vmci.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C $PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= postbuild
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only'
make[1]: `postbuild' is up to date.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only'
cp -f vmci.ko ./../vmci.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmci-only'
Built vmci module
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.37-rc5-12-desktop/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C ../../../linux-2.6.37-rc5-12 O=/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop/. modules
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/af_vsock.o
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/af_vsock.c: In function ‘VSockVmciStreamConnect’:
/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/af_vsock.c:3172:4: warning: case value ‘255’ not in enumerated type ‘socket_state’
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/vsockAddr.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/util.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/stats.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/linux/notify.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/driverLog.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/vsock.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
  CC      /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/vsock.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only/vsock.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.37-rc5-12-obj/x86_64/desktop'
make -C $PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
  MODULEBUILDDIR= postbuild
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only'
make[1]: `postbuild' is up to date.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only'
cp -f vsock.ko ./../vsock.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only'
Built vsock module
Starting VMware services:
   VMware USB Arbitrator                                               done
   Virtual machine monitor                                             done
   Virtual machine communication interface                             done
   VM communication interface socket family                            done
   Blocking file system                                                done
   Virtual ethernet                                                    done
   Shared Memory Available                                             done


All done, you can now run VMWare WorkStation.
Modules sources backup can be found in the '/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source-workstation7.1.3-2010-12-13-19:07:07-backup' directory

References

vmware community post
vmware community thread

Mark D Bernstein aka InitiaZero for providing the script and patch by email and having ping me about it

Enjoy, and thanks to people having done the crappy job before.