Installing VMware tools on Debian Wheezy 7.x

06-01-2018: instead of using the below guide Install Open VM Tools:

Install the tools for building VMware tools on the host:

$ aptitude update
$ aptitude install gcc make
$ aptitude install build-essential
$ aptitude install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Press the Install vmware tools in vSpehere Client for the VM.

Copy the VMware tools to the VM:

$ mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
$ cp /mnt/VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz /opt/
$ cd /opt
$ tar xfzv VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz

Install VMware tools:

$ cd vmware-tools-distrib/
$ perl

Next follow the installation instructions on the screen.

Then reboot the virtual machine and check the VMware Tools is running, by checking the status in the virtual machine with the vSphere client.

you can check locally on the VM that the tool is running by doing the following command:

$ service vmware-tools status
  vmtoolsd is running

Screen and irssi encodning.

Got this from a thread on the internet:

Section 1. Configuration

Follow the following steps. Please do not use scandinavic
characters until you have proceeded configuring irssi & screen
since they probably will not work properly while the
configuration is not finished.

Step 1. Connect to the server to run your irssi on

Step 2. Shut down your irssi


Step 3. Close the screen you were running it in (if it didn’t already)

Step 4. Backup your current irssi & screen configuration:

$ tar czf irssi-backup.tar.gz .irssi .screenr*

Step 5. If you have a line starting “defencoding” in ~/.screenrc, remove it

Step 6. Start screen like you usually do, but add a -U parameter

$ screen -U

or perhaps

$ screen -U -S irc

This makes screen understand that irssi talks utf-8 to screen

Step 7. Configure irssi to talk utf-8 to screen but use iso-8859-15 charset by default for all windows

Copy-paste the following commands to the irssi console:

/set term_charset utf-8
/set recode_autodetect_utf8 ON
/set recode_fallback ISO-8859-15
/set recode_out_default_charset ISO-8859-15
/set recode_transliterate ON
/set recode ON

Step 8. Detach screen (typically by pressing ctrl-a d)

Ta-da! Now you have configured irssi and screen to work properly.