FreeBSD in VMware?

Jud judmarc at
Mon Mar 31 18:34:07 PST 2003

On Mon, 31 Mar 2003 11:13:31 +0100 (BST), james <jamesp at> wrote:

> Hi Folks
> Does anyone have experience running FreeBSD under VMware? My host OS is 
> WinXP SP1, running VMware 3.2.

4.7-RELEASE only thus far (see below).

> I'm trying to buildworld (5.0-CURRENT as of today) but the virtual 
> machine just gets slower and slower. When I'm monitoring the stats using 
> top, I notice that the CPU is spending ~50% of it's time in interrupt. If 
> I Ctrl-C the procedure, the load goes down, but interrupt % stays around 
> 20-25% and the system is still slow, even though it's not doing anything!
> FreeBSD 4.8-RC2 doesn't seem to have the same problem, I have 
> successfully built world and it stayed responsive.

Haven't installed -CURRENT or updated -STABLE yet, due to my problem, which 
I'm sure is the result of incredible thickness and density on my part: How 
does one get networking to work?  Win2K host, dialup connection; VMware set 
to use NAT.  When I type "ppp -auto isp" ("isp" has been substituted for 
"papchap" in /etc/ppp/ppp.conf) as a non-root user, I get the normal 
message that FreeBSD is using tun0 and am returned to the shell prompt.  
However, any attempt to communicate with the outside world, e.g, using 
cvsup, is fruitless.

So having failed to give it (sorry, James), I'm asking for it - help, 


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