[gcc] installing vmware tools: location of GCC binary?

okay so I am trying to isntall VMware tools from the command line with the tar installer using these instructions: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_newguest_tools_linux.html#wp1118025

I am installing vmware tools on lubuntu which I have running as a virtual machine using vmplayer. After step 5, when responding the configuration questions on the screen, it said

the installatinon of vmware tools 9.2.3 build-1031360 for linux completed sucessfully.  you can devide to 
remove this software form your system at any time by invoking the following command:
before running vmware tools for the first time, you need to configure it by invoking  the following command:
"usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl". Do you want this program to invoke the command for  you now?

I pressed enter and accepted the default [yes] value and now it says

Before you can compile modules, you need to have the following installed...
kernel headers of the running kernel

Searching for GCC...
the path "" is not valid path to the gcc binary. 
Would you like to change it? [yes]

What is the location of the gcc program on your machine?

I did

locate gcc

and found that there is a folder called /usr/lib/gcc, so I tried to put that in as the location but it says that the path "/usr/lib/gcc" is not valid path to the gcc library. How do I find out where the gcc binary is on my machine is?

This question is related to gcc virtual-machine vmware

The answer is

Install prerequisites VMware Tools for LinuxOS:

If you have RHEL/CentOS:

yum install perl gcc make kernel-headers kernel-devel -y

If you have Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo apt-get -y install linux-headers-server build-essential
  • build-essential, also install: dpkg-dev, g++, gcc, lib6-dev, libc-dev, make

Extracted from: http://www.sysadmit.com/2016/01/vmware-tools-linux-instalar-requisitos.html

to avoid the problem with CDROM: sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

find your cdrom and comment it with #

save the changes: "cntrl + o", than exit the file: "cntrl + x"

and try to install again

Entering: /usr/bin/gcc worked for me.

First execute this

sudo apt-get install gcc binutils make linux-source

Then run again


This is all you need to do. Now your system has the gcc make and the linux kernel sources.

Found the answer. What I did was was first

sudo apt-get install aptitude
sudo aptitude install libglib2.0-0
sudo aptitude install gcc-4.7 make linux-headers-`uname -r` -y

and tried it but it didn't work so I continued and did

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install gcc-4.7 linux-headers-`uname -r`

after doing these two steps and trying again, it worked.

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