Magic words: open-vm-tools, VMware, Vagrant, shared folders.

I had issues w/ custom Vagrant boxes when moving from proprietary VMware tools to open-source open-vm-tools (found in Debian & other distros).

Exact error message was

Stdout: Error: There was an error mounting the Shared Folders file system inside the guest operating system

Reason for the error was missing /mnt/hgfs folder in VM image that I had created with packer.io. Fixed that by creating missing path in Packer provisioning script. See the commit.

And oh, for my code, see github.com/ypcs/packer-templates.

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