This bug was fixed in the package open-vm-tools -
open-vm-tools (2:10.0.7-3227872-5ubuntu1~16.04.2) xenial; urgency=medium
* Make tools.conf template useful. (LP: #1748122)
-- Dariusz Gadomski <dariusz.gadom...@canonical.com> Thu, 15 Feb 2018
** Changed in: open-vm-tools (Ubuntu Xenial)
Status: Fix Committed => Fix Released
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incorrect tools.conf template is shipped with Ubuntu
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* The default tools.conf template shipped with the Ubuntu package is
useless - it gets cleared on the first run as it contains an
* Install open-vm-tools.
* Check contents of /etc/vmware-tools/tools.conf.
* Start vmtoolsd service e.g. by systemctl start open-vm-tools.
* Check tools.conf contents again.
Config is read an left untouched.
Config file is cleared.
* If any of the parameters in the template is set to a non-default value
the behaviour of vmtoolsd may change slightly (e.g. different log verbosity,
log target - file vs. syslog).
But people will get the usual conffile changed prompts, so those who
modified it will have to consciously decide which makes it safe.
* Original bug description:
The tools.conf template shipped with Ubuntu (debian/local/tools.conf)
It's current contents:
bindir = "/usr/bin"
do not mean anything to open-vm-tools - it's not interpreted in any way by
Moreover, on the first launch this content is cleared by a piece of
code doing a "config upgrade".
I believe replacing it with a more meaningful content is necessary.
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