riverfish
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Can't copy paste from host (OSX) to guest (Ubuntu)

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I'm using VMware Fusion 11.5.6.

Host is Mac OSX 10.15.6 Catalina and guest is Ubuntu (sorry don't know version number - how to check?) and I can't copy and paste from host to guest.

I thought the problem was VMware Tools because it wasn't installed. After enabling CD/DVD ROM device using linux.iso as the image, I was given an option to install VMware Tools when I booted the VM. A folder named "vmware-tools-distrib" opened up in the VM - I followed the instructions by unzipping the tar.gz file, running ./vmware-install.pl in terminal and got it installed.

After rebooting the VM again with VMware Tools now installed, copy and paste still does not work however.

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riverfish
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Got it working now by doing sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop instead.

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bfan
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You could check ubuntu version by 'cat /etc/lsb-release' in terminal.

Bundled vmware tools is dropped for most of Ubuntu guest, please install open-vm-tools instead, 'sudo apt install open-vm-tools'. also there's some problem for wayland, so please do not select 'ubuntu on wayland' as user logging in.

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riverfish
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My Ubuntu version is 18.04.

I did sudo apt install open-vm-tools and it installed without any problems, but host->guest copy paste is still not working.

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riverfish
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Got it working now by doing sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop instead.

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