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open-vm-tools copy/paste stops working?

asked 2016-03-25 07:49:00 -0600

ybakos gravatar image

A clean installation of Fedora 23 as a VM within a VMWare Fusion (OSX) host results in the inclusion of open-vm-tools. Features such as screen resizing, and copy/paste work perfectly out of the box. However, after some time, the copy/paste sharing between host and guest stop working. Is there a known way to troubleshoot this? So far I have:

  • uninstalled and re-installed open-vm-tools using dnf
  • restarted the guest Fedora 23 os
  • restarted the host OS
  • checked and unchecked the "isolation" copy/paste and drag/drop options in VMWare Fusion

However, the inability to copy/paste between guest and host persists. Note that on the same host machine, copy/paste between other VMs, including another fresh Fedora 23 VM, works as expected.

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answered 2016-03-25 11:49:06 -0600

cialu gravatar image

Some years ago, before Fedora was the only OS on my MacBook Pro, I had a similar issue using Fedora under VMWare Fusion. I solved with this trick, in a terminal:

pkill vmtoolsd

I hope it helps you, but I don't know if it's working now with new versions of software.

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