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Pass all keys to VM in Gnome Boxes?

asked 2017-01-29 15:47:47 -0500

drdec gravatar image

Is there a way to pass all (or almost all) the keys to the VM in Gnome Boxes when it has the focus or is full screen? In particular the meta key, aka the start key or the Windows key. I run Windows 10 in a VM and it would be much more convenience if the meta key was passed to the VM instead of being captured by the Fedora host system.

I have installed the Windows guest tools for Spice which resolved some issues but not this one.

I'd be willing to use another program besides gnome-boxes although I would greatly prefer if whatever is suggested is compatible with the image I already have.


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I have the same issue what I've figured out is that in the old x session it works as expected, in wayland the key don't get captured.

Calin gravatar imageCalin ( 2017-03-30 03:18:22 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-01-29 17:06:29 -0500

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Unfortunately I'm not aware if there's a way to do that within Gnome Boxes, but you can install virt-manager which also has console and connect it to user session.

sudo dnf install virt-manager

It has a feature where when you go full screen it captures your input, you can escape VM by holding ctr+alt combination and moving mouse out but I believe this can be tweaked also.

Hope that works for you.

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I must be missing something. I tried virt-manager, created a new VM pointing to the same drive image as used by gnome-boxes, went full screen and the meta key (aka Windows key, start key) is still captured by the host Gnome process instead of going through to the guest.

drdec gravatar imagedrdec ( 2017-02-15 14:25:41 -0500 )edit

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