VMWare workstation - ova import not working

2022-07-06 125 words 1 min read

VMWare workstation - ova import not working

When importing ova and/or ovf files, if Workstation does not give any error but does not import the file as well, try importing the file in VMWare Player. When you do that, you will see that if the import fails, player will show a dialogue with log file name similar to /tmp/vmaware-<amitag>/.

From there, I was able to find out that, it was running ovftool.bin. Try to run that in a terminal and immediately I could see that libnsl was missing so, I just installed the same with

sudo dnf install libnsl

Boom, now everything works. I could not find this in any search result, so putting it together here for anyone else who encounters this :)

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Authored By Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal, Linux and Photography are my hobbies.Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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