Workaround for problem on running app appliances with VMware Workstation player on Linux


I tested some of the App appliances with VMware Workstation Player on my Debian 9 client. I used the version 14.1.1 available at VMware Downloads → Free Product Downloads → Workstation Player and installed it. Running vmplayer and opening the downloaded appliance produced the following output on the console:

$ vmplayer
I/O warning : failed to load external entity "/etc/vmware/hostd/proxy.xml"
Fail to open executable: No such file or directory

The result was that the opened appliance was not shown in the listing:
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No appliance import, no start possible :confused:. The problem does not occur with VMplayer Workstation 12.5.9. But Internet search is your friend and I came across the solution here to just run the appliance directly with vmplayer /path/to/vm/somevmname.vmx. This worked for me.

Best regards,