While for a normal VMWare virtual machine with Windows it is sufficient to simply enable Public Folders in the settings, for a Linux virtual machine these Public Folders still need to be mounted.
We had to look for a way to do it. Google gives answers as far back as 2006, which date back to the ancient VMWare 5, so I will keep the decision taken from here.
Include Public Folders in Virtual Machine Settings as a first step.
Then we set up the Linux itself.:
sudo vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs/ -o allow_other -o uid=1000
If no hgfs catalogue exists:
sudo vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/ -o allow_other -o uid=1000
or simply by creating it –
sudo mkdir /mnt/hgfs
You can use a specific folder instead of .host:/. In this case you can find out the name of the folder using vmware-hgfsclient:
$ vmware-hgfsclient my-shared-folder $ sudo vmhgfs-fuse .host:/my-shared-folder /mnt/hgfs/ -o allow_other -o uid=1000
If you want them to be connected at startup, update /etc/fstab as follows:
# Use shared folders between VMWare guest and host .host:/ /mnt/hgfs/ fuse.vmhgfs-fuse defaults,allow_other,uid=1000 0 0
If it does not work
It is said that the following packages must be pre-installed in the system:
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop
under another version –
sudo apt-get install build-essential module-assistant linux-headers-virtual linux-image-virtual && dpkg-reconfigure open-vm-tools