Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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New issue 447 by t... at timsears.com: installation breaks copy/paste feature  
of vmware-tools
http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

Any idea why installing xmonad would break the copy/paste function of  
vmware?

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Running Ubuntu 10.10 under VMware Fusion under macosx 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
2. apt-get install xmonad
3. Try and copy/paste from the mac into a terminal window on Ubuntu.  
Doesn't matter if xmonad is running or if the session has been restarted.

What is the expected output? What do you see instead?

Ubuntu loses track of the copy/paste buffer.

What version of the product are you using? On what operating system?
see above.

Are you using an xmonad.hs?  Please attach it and the output of "xmonad
--recompile".

no

Please provide any additional information below.

The system is repaired by running
"apt-get uninstall xmonad"
This only uninstalls the xmonad package not it dependencies.



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Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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Comment #1 on issue 447 by allber... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

For what it's worth, I can reproduce this on Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 and  
Debian Squeeze running under VMWare Fusion *and* Parallels ? which rules  
out the hypervisor tools, I would think.


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Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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Comment #2 on issue 447 by p.raderm... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

I have the same problem on a Arch linux guest(linux 3.0, x86_64) using  
VMware Player 3.1.4 build-385536. My host is Windows 7 64 bits. This  
problem has been happening for a while so it is not related to a recent  
version of the linux kernel.

Xmonad & xmonad-contrib are 0.9.2-2.1

As I work exclusively inside a guest, this issue forces me to use another  
tiling manager (awesome). No Copy/paste issues with awesome (the config is  
about the same)

For both, I use the open-vm-tools arch package. I am sure the vm tools are  
up and working because I can for instance switch to Unity or mount a shared  
folder.

In case this is related to "XMonad.Config.Azerty" here is the link to my  
xmonad.hs file:

https://raw.github.com/PierreR/config/master/xmonad.hs

I have not tried with VirtualBox so I cannot tell if this is related to  
Vmware but it does seem to be xmonad specific.

Thanks for your help.






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Comment #3 on issue 447 by p.raderm... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

I have set up Xmonad on VirtualBox. Guest OS is Arch linux 64 bits.

Copy/paste works fine. But after a while my terminal (urxvt) is getting  
strange garbage characters. Many times (ie after an error), the terminal  
output starts looking funny: all lines get extra indents. At that point, I  
have to restart a new terminal to get some sanity back.

Very annoying indeed. Working with Xmonad in Vbox is quite uncomfortable.

FY: Vbox (4.1.4). Host OS is Win7 64 bits. Latest xmonad version (0.9.2-2.1)

I have posted this issue here because this problem might still be related  
with a copy/paste issue somehow.





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Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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Comment #4 on issue 447 by p.raderm... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

Just to let you know that the issue in comment 3 has nothing to do with  
xmonad. It is related to arch linux/gvim/urxvt when gvim is launched from  
the terminal. Launching Gvim with a spawn command or dmenu fixes this.

FWIW,Copy/paste does not seem to work at all from the guest to the host  
(works fine from the host to the guest). This is not related to xmonad. I  
have switched back to vmware.



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Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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Comment #5 on issue 447 by andre.na... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

I'm also seeing this on my VMWare Player (5.0) instance of Ubuntu 12.10  
running under Windows 7 with xmonad 0.10, so still a problem.



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Comment #6 on issue 447 by g... at gregweber.info: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
https://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

If I login to the ubuntu desktop it works. Only when logging into the  
XMonad desktop do I see the issue.

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Issue 447 in xmonad: installation breaks copy/paste feature of vmware-tools

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Comment #7 on issue 447 by allber... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
https://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

You will need to make sure the vmware tools client is started in an xmonad  
session. On my Linux Mint + xmonad/MATE setup, vmtoolsd user session  
(vmtoolsd -n vmusr, from open-vm-tools-desktop) is being autostarted from  
the MATE session; you may need to do something to make sure it is running  
in your session.

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Comment #8 on issue 447 by g... at gregweber.info: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
https://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

Thanks for the tip! When I run `vmtoolsd -n vmusr` in a terminal my display  
gets resized, which is a good sign. However, copy and paste is still not  
working. I am pretty dumb aboud desktop sessions: do I need to start the  
process in a specific way?

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Comment #9 on issue 447 by allber... at gmail.com: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
https://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

The vmtoolsd process (and another one running under root but I think that  
should be started at boot) is all that shows in "ps", but my MATE session  
shows that what is actually run to start it is  
/usr/bin/vmware-user-suid-wrapper. This may well do additional  
configuration (e.g. a one-time communication with the VM host) to set up  
things like copy-paste.

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Comment #10 on issue 447 by g... at gregweber.info: installation breaks  
copy/paste feature of vmware-tools
https://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=447

Thanks for the help!

apt-get install open-vm-tools fixed this for me.

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