Subject: Re: vmware's vmnet doesn't compile in -current
To: None <>
From: Mario Kemper <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/19/2001 22:25:17
Bernd Ernesti <> writes:

> On Sat, Jun 16, 2001 at 11:32:52PM +1200, Duncan McEwan wrote:
> I send Mario a private mail which contained a full package for the modules and
> the server.  
> These two packages needs more work and tests before I can commit them. I hope
> I get the time today to do that.
> Can someone take a look at the patch for this problem and tells me if it is
> correct?
Just a short status report.

With the help of Bern i got vmware to run. I'm currently running WindowsME on 
it with a 2GB virtual disk.
I have some strange problems with the networking though. Sometimes it works 
out of the box but most of the time i have to run a ping against the interface
from the host side to open it. When i stop the ping usually the network access 
from the client stops some time later.

I dont know if the rest are NetBSD specific or general problems but i list 
them anyway:

1. When i enable linuxrtc the CPU usage climbs from 0% to 100% when Windows 
   is idling.

2. Memory usage is gigantic. I have 512 MB with 100MB for vmware. Usually i 
   end  up with about 180MB swap especially when doing larger disk accesses.
   After a while NetBSD gets very sluggish as it starts to swap a lot.
   At least i hoped the disk access would be faster.

3. I can't get raw disks to work (wanted to try this as a workaround
   for 2.  as i suspect mmaping of the virtual disk or something like
   that as the reason for the swapping. The configurations editor tries
   to scan the partition table to get the partitions where to install the
   raw disk.  That doesn't seem to work or i'm not able to configure it

That's for the forst impressions. BTW I'm using NetBSD1.5W-current.
Thanks to Frank and whoever worked on the NetBSD port for making this 
cool program available under NetBSD.

Mario Kemper