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Failure to install VMware Tools: Cannot find the answer BINDIR in the installer database (1013159)
If a VMware Tools installation is stopped before it can set the BINDIR (which occurs after the first prompted question), the installer is stopped prematurely and displays the following message:
A previous installation of VMware Tools has been detected.
The previous installation was made by the tar installer (version 4).
Keeping the tar4 installer database format.
You have a version of VMware Tools installed. Continuing this install will
first uninstall the currently installed version. Do you wish to continue?
If you select yes, the following error message appears:
Error: Unable to find the binary installation directory (answer BINDIR)
in the installer database file "/etc/vmware-tools/locations".
Uninstall failed. Please correct the failure and re run the install.
To solve this issue, remove the /etc/vmware-tools/locationsfile and reinstall VMware Tools.
- Open a terminal. For more information, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892)
- Run the command:
rm -f /etc/vmware-tools/locations
- Reinstall VMware tools.
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