vmhgfs - vmware kernel module
This is kernel filesystem module. None of the Tools components depend
on vmhgfs, nor does it have any dependencies of its own, so it can be
loaded at any time in the boot process.
When mounting, one must use an NFS-like "<host>:<export>" syntax. The
<host> field must be ".host", while the <export> field can be "/", a
path to a specific Shared Folder, or a path to a subdirectory within
that Shared Folder. Note that mounting may fail if Shared Folders are
disabled in the host; don't be alarmed. The vmhgfs filesystem supports
a plethora of mount options, run vmware-hgfsmounter(8) -h to see them.
We typically exclude vmhgfs from the locate database as crawling the
Shared Folders is time consuming. To do this, add "vmhgfs" to PRUNEFS
within updatedb's configuration file, typically found in
We also typically mount vmhgfs via:
mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /mnt/hgfs
Or by adding this line to /etc/fstab:
host:/ /mnt/hgfs vmhgfs defaults 0 0
The net effect is that all Shared Folders appear and disappear at
/mnt/hgfs as they're added or removed.
vmhgfs has no options.
More information about vmhgfs and the Open VM Tools can be found at
Open VM Tools were written by VMware, Inc. <http://www.vmware.com/>.
This manual page was put together from homepage materials by Daniel
Baumann <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the Debian project (but may be used by