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Mounting a Host Directory in Guest OS via open-vm-tools

I use VMware Fusion 11.5.1 to run ubuntu 18 server for many purposes. One of VMware Fusion features is an ability to share a host’s directory with the guest OS and it uses open-vm-tools utility.

However, after successful installation of an OS, the tool is automatically installed already and its service is up and running. However, the said host’s directory is no where to found 0at /mnt/hgfs.

To enable it, I had to run these commands:

$ sudo mount -t fuse.vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs -o allow_other

## On this file
## /etc/fstab
## Append this line
.host:/ /mnt/hgfs fuse.vmhgfs-fuse allow_other 0 0

After that, the shared directory appears in /mnt/hgfs location.

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