Linux virtual machine reports the error: TPVMLPD: Device type not supported
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Linux virtual machine reports the error: TPVMLPD: Device type not supported

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Article ID: 302246

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VMware

Issue/Introduction


Symptoms:
  • Virtual machine running Linux reports the error:

    TPVMLPD: Device type not supported


Cause

This error is reported when the TPVMLPD process is running on the Linux virtual machine. TPVMLPD is a ThinPrint daemon which is used for virtual printing that is installed with VMware Tools.

Resolution

This issue is resolved in ESX 4.1 Update 2, available at VMware Downloads.

For more information, see the VMware ESX 4.1 Update 2 Release Notes.

To workaround this issue, you must stop the ThinPrint TPVMLPD daemon by modifying the vmware-tools startup script.
To modify the vmware-tools startup script:

  1. Take a backup of the vmware-tools startup script using the command:

    cp /etc/init.d/vmware-tools /etc/init.d/vmware-tools.backup

  2. Open the /etc/init.d/vmware-tools script using a text editor. For example, to open the script using the vi editor, run this command:

    vi /etc/init.d/vmware-tools


  3. Comment the following entry to prevent the ThinPrint Service from loading automatically:

    #/usr/bin/tpvmlpd

  4. Run this command to restart VMware Tools:

    /etc/init.d/vmware-tools restart