vmware - Intel(TM) x86(TM)-based virtual machine


vmware [-s name=value] [-m] [-x] [-X] [-q] [-v] [configfile]
[-- <X toolkit options>]


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The vmware command starts an Intel X86-based virtual ma
chine. Depending upon your hardware configuration, you can run a
number of virtual machines simultaneously.
This page describes options for starting virtual machines
from the command line using vmware. For more information, see
the in-product Help and the VMware Web site at
A VMware virtual machine provides an execution environment
for full, unmodified operating systems running on an x86-based
computer. The host operating system runs on the real hardware. A
guest operating system runs inside a virtual machine. You may
install one of several different guest operating systems in each
of your virtual machines, and each operating system is secure and
isolated from the host machine's operating system as well as from
the other guest operating systems on the host.
You can specify a virtual machine's configuration by setting
parameters in a configuration file using the syntax name=value.
Parameters are set one-per-line. Lines that begin with a number
sign (#) are comments and are ignored. To use a configuration
file, specify it on the vmware command line.
You can also change configuration variables on the command
line using the -s option with the following syntax:

After a double-dash separator (--), X toolkit options may be
passed as arguments, although some of them (in particular size
and title) are ignored.


-s name=value
Set the configuration variable name to value, overrid
ing other definitions of name.
-m Start the local console in quick switch mode. In this
mode, the local console occupies the entire screen and you can
switch between virtual machines by selecting tabs at the top of
the screen.
-x Power-on the virtual machine on startup. Equivalent
to pressing the power-on button after the program starts. Re
quires that you specify a configuration file on the command line.
-X Power-on and switch to full screen. Same as -x, but
switch to full screen mode after powering on. Requires that you
specify a configuration file on the command line.
-q Attempt to exit the virtual machine after powering
off. This is particularly useful when the guest operating system
is capable of powering off the virtual machine. Requires that
you specify a configuration file on the command line.
-v Display the program version then exit without starting
a virtual machine.


TMPDIR Location of temporary files. Defaults to /tmp.


/etc/vmware/locations Record of where files are installed.
/etc/vmware/config User-specific configuration default
~/.vmware/preferences User-specific preferences.
~/etc/vmware/license User license.
/usr/lib/vmware (by default)
Library directory, possibly shared by
several hosts.
diskfile.WRITELOCK Temporary lock files for diskfile.
diskfile.REDO Redo log for diskfile, created when
diskfile is accessed in undoable mode.


Most of the documentation for VMware products is available
in the user's manual for that product, through Help (run vmware
and click the Help button) and at http://www.vmware.com/support.
Linux March 10, 2005
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