5.3.6-1-MANJARO - VMware - "Unable To Start Services"- Working On 4.19

Hi all,

I'm having an issue with VMware in that on 5.3.6-1 I get the Unable to start services message but when running 4.19 I get no such error and it still works no problem.
I know VMware is supposed to be a PITA on Manjaro but I'm still trying to get used to Manjaro after the Windows 7 life and fixing it is a good way to learn.

I'd like to get a Ryzen 3600 soon so unless that works with 4.19 I'll have to stick with this version.

I believe the correct kernel headers are installed also.

Any advice is welcome.

[sean@NEWDESTINY ~]$ inxi -Fxzc0
System:    Host: NEWDESTINY Kernel: 5.3.6-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.2.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1 
           Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: MSI product: MS-7850 v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: MSI model: Z97 PC Mate(MS-7850) v: 1.0 serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: 4.11 
           date: 02/16/2016 
Battery:   Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Mouse MX Master charge: 100% (should be ignored) 
           status: Discharging 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-4790K bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Haswell rev: 3 L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 64026 
           Speed: 1601 MHz min/max: 800/4400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1601 2: 1600 3: 1600 4: 1601 5: 1603 6: 1602 7: 1600 
           8: 1602 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1080] driver: nvidia v: 430.40 bus ID: 01:00.0 
           Display: x11 server: X.org 1.20.5 driver: nvidia resolution: <xdpyinfo missing> 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1080/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 430.40 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 9 Series Family HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP104 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 
           Device-3: Kingston HyperX 7.1 Audio type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 2-3:3 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.6-1-MANJARO 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8168 
           v: 8.047.04-NAPI port: d000 bus ID: 02:00.0 
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter type: USB driver: xpad bus ID: 2-6:6 
           IF-ID-1: vmnet1 state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter> 
           IF-ID-2: vmnet8 state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 3.07 TiB used: 788.74 GiB (25.1%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: SanDisk model: SDSSDA120G size: 111.79 GiB 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST1000DX001-1CM162 size: 931.51 GiB 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB 
           ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB 
           ID-5: /dev/sde type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EURX-63FH1Y0 size: 931.48 GiB 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 109.53 GiB used: 57.95 GiB (52.9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb2 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 35.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 51 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 0% 
Info:      Processes: 238 Uptime: 1h 56m Memory: 15.59 GiB used: 1.95 GiB (12.5%) Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 9.2.0 
           clang: 9.0.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.11 inxi: 3.0.36

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/tmp/vmware-root/vmware-23539.log

019-10-16T00:09:34.801+01:00| host-23539| I125: Log for VMware Workstation pid=23539 version=15.1.0 build=build-13591040 option=Release
2019-10-16T00:09:34.801+01:00| host-23539| I125: The process is 64-bit.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.801+01:00| host-23539| I125: Host codepage=UTF-8 encoding=UTF-8
2019-10-16T00:09:34.801+01:00| host-23539| I125: Host is Linux 5.3.6-1-MANJARO Manjaro Linux
2019-10-16T00:09:34.800+01:00| host-23539| I125: DictionaryLoad: Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/settings": No such file or directory.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.800+01:00| host-23539| I125: [msg.dictionary.load.openFailed] Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/settings": No such file or directory.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.800+01:00| host-23539| I125: PREF Optional preferences file not found at /usr/lib/vmware/settings. Using default values.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.800+01:00| host-23539| I125: DictionaryLoad: Cannot open file "/home/sean/.vmware/config": No such file or directory.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.800+01:00| host-23539| I125: [msg.dictionary.load.openFailed] Cannot open file "/home/sean/.vmware/config": No such file or directory.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.800+01:00| host-23539| I125: PREF Optional preferences file not found at /home/sean/.vmware/config. Using default values.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.807+01:00| host-23539| W115: Logging to /tmp/vmware-root/vmware-23539.log
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: Obtaining info using the running kernel.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: Created new pathsHash.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: Setting header path for 5.3.6-1-MANJARO to "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: Validating path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for kernel release "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: Failed to find /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h not found, looking for generated/uapi/linux/versi>
2019-10-16T00:09:34.826+01:00| host-23539| I125: using /sbin/gcc for preprocess check
2019-10-16T00:09:34.831+01:00| host-23539| I125: Preprocessed UTS_RELEASE, got value "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.831+01:00| host-23539| I125: The header path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for the kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO" is valid.  Who>
2019-10-16T00:09:34.959+01:00| host-23539| I125: found symbol version file /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/Module.symvers
2019-10-16T00:09:34.959+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading symbol versions from /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/Module.symvers.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Read 23759 symbol versions
2019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading in info for the vmmon module.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading in info for the vmnet module.
019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading in info for the vmci module.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading in info for the vsock module.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Setting vsock to depend on vmci.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.972+01:00| host-23539| I125: Invoking modinfo on "vmmon".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.974+01:00| host-23539| I125: "/sbin/modinfo" exited with status 256.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.974+01:00| host-23539| I125: Invoking modinfo on "vmnet".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.975+01:00| host-23539| I125: "/sbin/modinfo" exited with status 0.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.975+01:00| host-23539| I125: Invoking modinfo on "vmci".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.976+01:00| host-23539| I125: "/sbin/modinfo" exited with status 256.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.976+01:00| host-23539| I125: Invoking modinfo on "vsock".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.979+01:00| host-23539| I125: "/sbin/modinfo" exited with status 0.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.989+01:00| host-23539| I125: to be installed: vmmon status: 0
2019-10-16T00:09:34.997+01:00| host-23539| I125: Obtaining info using the running kernel.
2019-10-16T00:09:34.997+01:00| host-23539| I125: Setting header path for 5.3.6-1-MANJARO to "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.997+01:00| host-23539| I125: Validating path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for kernel release "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:34.997+01:00| host-23539| I125: Failed to find /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h
2019-10-16T00:09:34.997+01:00| host-23539| I125: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h not found, looking for generated/uapi/linux/versi>
2019-10-16T00:09:34.997+01:00| host-23539| I125: using /sbin/gcc for preprocess check
2019-10-16T00:09:35.003+01:00| host-23539| I125: Preprocessed UTS_RELEASE, got value "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.003+01:00| host-23539| I125: The header path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for the kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO" is valid.  Who>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.130+01:00| host-23539| I125: found symbol version file /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/Module.symvers
2019-10-16T00:09:35.130+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading symbol versions from /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/Module.symvers.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.142+01:00| host-23539| I125: Read 23759 symbol versions
2019-10-16T00:09:35.143+01:00| host-23539| I125: Kernel header path retrieved from FileEntry: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include
2019-10-16T00:09:35.143+01:00| host-23539| I125: Update kernel header path to /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include
2019-10-16T00:09:35.143+01:00| host-23539| I125: Validating path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for kernel release "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.143+01:00| host-23539| I125: Failed to find /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h
2019-10-16T00:09:35.143+01:00| host-23539| I125: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h not found, looking for generated/uapi/linux/versi>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.143+01:00| host-23539| I125: using /sbin/gcc for preprocess check
2019-10-16T00:09:35.148+01:00| host-23539| I125: Preprocessed UTS_RELEASE, got value "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.148+01:00| host-23539| I125: The header path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for the kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO" is valid.  Who>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.149+01:00| host-23539| I125: Found compiler at "/sbin/gcc"
2019-10-16T00:09:35.152+01:00| host-23539| I125: Got gcc version "9.2.0".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.152+01:00| host-23539| I125: The GCC version matches the kernel GCC minor version like a glove.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.154+01:00| host-23539| I125: Got gcc version "9.2.0".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.154+01:00| host-23539| I125: The GCC version matches the kernel GCC minor version like a glove.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: Trying to find a suitable PBM set for kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: No matching PBM set was found for kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: The GCC version matches the kernel GCC minor version like a glove.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: Validating path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for kernel release "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: Failed to find /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h not found, looking for generated/uapi/linux/versi>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.155+01:00| host-23539| I125: using /sbin/gcc for preprocess check
2019-10-16T00:09:35.161+01:00| host-23539| I125: Preprocessed UTS_RELEASE, got value "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.161+01:00| host-23539| I125: The header path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for the kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO" is valid.  Who>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.162+01:00| host-23539| I125: The GCC version matches the kernel GCC minor version like a glove.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.162+01:00| host-23539| I125: Validating path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for kernel release "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.162+01:00| host-23539| I125: Failed to find /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h
2019-10-16T00:09:35.162+01:00| host-23539| I125: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h not found, looking for generated/uapi/linux/versi>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.162+01:00| host-23539| I125: using /sbin/gcc for preprocess check
2019-10-16T00:09:35.168+01:00| host-23539| I125: Preprocessed UTS_RELEASE, got value "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.168+01:00| host-23539| I125: The header path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for the kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO" is valid.  Who>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.168+01:00| host-23539| I125: Using temp dir "/tmp".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.170+01:00| host-23539| I125: Obtaining info using the running kernel.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.170+01:00| host-23539| I125: Setting header path for 5.3.6-1-MANJARO to "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.170+01:00| host-23539| I125: Validating path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for kernel release "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.170+01:00| host-23539| I125: Failed to find /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h
2019-10-16T00:09:35.170+01:00| host-23539| I125: /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include/linux/version.h not found, looking for generated/uapi/linux/versi>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.170+01:00| host-23539| I125: using /sbin/gcc for preprocess check
2019-10-16T00:09:35.178+01:00| host-23539| I125: Preprocessed UTS_RELEASE, got value "5.3.6-1-MANJARO".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.178+01:00| host-23539| I125: The header path "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/include" for the kernel "5.3.6-1-MANJARO" is valid.  Who>
2019-10-16T00:09:35.307+01:00| host-23539| I125: found symbol version file /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/Module.symvers
2019-10-16T00:09:35.307+01:00| host-23539| I125: Reading symbol versions from /lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/build/Module.symvers.
2019-10-16T00:09:35.320+01:00| host-23539| I125: Read 23759 symbol versions
2019-10-16T00:09:35.320+01:00| host-23539| I125: Invoking modinfo on "vmmon".
2019-10-16T00:09:35.322+01:00| host-23539| I125: "/sbin/modinfo" exited with status 256.
2019-10-16T00:09:36.028+01:00| host-23539| I125: Setting destination path for vmmon to "/lib/modules/5.3.6-1-MANJARO/misc/vmmon.ko".
2019-10-16T00:09:36.028+01:00| host-23539| I125: Extracting the vmmon source from "/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon.tar".
2019-10-16T00:09:36.031+01:00| host-23539| I125: Successfully extracted the vmmon source.
2019-10-16T00:09:36.031+01:00| host-23539| I125: Building module with command "/sbin/make -j8 -C /tmp/modconfig-h9rQI8/vmmon-only auto-build HEADER_DIR=/lib/>
2019-10-16T00:09:37.525+01:00| host-23539| W115: Failed to build vmmon.  Failed to execute the build command.

Edit: Punctuation

For extra clarification

[sean@NEWDESTINY ~]$ sudo pacman -S linux53-headers
warning: linux53-headers-5.3.6-1 is up to date -- reinstalling
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (1) linux53-headers-5.3.6-1

Total Installed Size:  66.53 MiB
Net Upgrade Size:       0.00 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] n

As you have noted Vmware requires kernel headers for the running kernel.

If you have problems running Vmware - consider asking on the Vmware forum.

The only viable way to run Vmware on Manjaro seems to be using dkms to build the kernel modules and staying away from the latest available kernel (LTS kernel recommended).

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