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Parallels Tools upgrade in Debian virtual machine fails with "Kernel sources missing" error. What should I do?

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Parallels Tools upgrade in Debian virtual machine fails with error "An error occured when downloading components for building Parallels Tools kernel modules - kernel sources. Install these components and try again":


Please execute the following commands in terminal window with root permissions to install packages required for kernel modules building:

uname -r

apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) make gcc

In the second command uname -r should be substituted with an output of the first command.

After successful installation of these packages please try to install Parallels Tools again.

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