Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS VMWare 12 Pro will not start GCC not found

Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS VMWare 12 Pro will not start GCC not found

The error I receive is from the VMWare Kernal Module UPdater. The error:

Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled and loaded into the running kernel.


GNU C Compiler (gcc) version 9.3.0 was not found. If you installed it in a non-default path you can specify the path below. Otherwise refer to your distrubution’s documentation for installation instructors and click Refresh to search again in default locations.

gcc –version returns

gcc (Ubuntu 9.3.0-10ubuntu2) 9.3.0
Copywright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundations, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

whereis gcc returns

gcc: /usr/bin/gcc /usr/lib/gcc /usr/share/man/man1/gcc.1.gz

When I attempt to point the VMWare Kernal Module Updater to the location /usr/bin/gcc or /usr/lib/gcc, still doesn’t find it.

I have gcc, gcc-7, gcc-9, gcc-ar, gcc-ar-7, gcc-ar-9, gcc-nm, gcc-nm-7, gcc-nm-9 gcc-ranlib, gcc-ranlib-7, gcc-ranlib-9 all of which have lrwxrwxrwx permissions (so they’re executable). the gc and gcore folder are -rwxr-xr-x

How can I fix this?


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