vmware Server /tmp is full and all vms are shutdown

One of our gentoo vmware servers crashed and stopped all running VMs on the server. After looking trough the logs i found out that vmware server had filled the /tmp partion which was 1GB. What i didn’t know is that vmware requires the /tmp partion to  be equivalent to 1.5 times the amount of memory on the host. Otherwise you will experience vm crashes. To change the tmp location edit


and add the following line tmpDirectory = “/<your>/<new>/<tmp>/<directory>”

Be sure that the specified directory is on a local hard drive and that the user running the VMware software has write permissions for that directory. For more infos check out




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