Guest Machines Do Not Show in VMPlayer Library

My vmware player does not show guest machines in the library. The troubleshooting suggests it’s a permissions error wherever the library data is stored.

When I try to open a guest machine the player does not show the guest in the inventory pane of the player. However, I can run vmplayer /path/to/machine.vmx and the machine will open execute properly.

The problem happens with all guest machines – so it does not appear to be related to anything about a machine itself.


@dsy7211-14-2015 04:44 AM

This behavior still exists in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and VMware Player 7.1.2. The file /home/user/.local/share/recently-used.xbel will be emptied from time to time and every time you log out, thus the library / list of VMs will be lost.

This only happens if you have deactivated ‘Record file & application usage’ in Ubuntu System Settings ‘All Settings / Security & Privacy / Files & Applications’.

If you activate ‘Record file & application usage’ your list of VMs will not be lost anymore, as the file ‘recently-used.xbel’ will no longer be emptied. I’m actually very happy to have discovered this, because before I had to manually restore the list of VMs dozens of time.