radetinac1891
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Can't solve copy+paste problem in Linux VM

Hi,

I exported a Linux VM from VirtualBox to VMWare Workstation 16 Pro(16.1.2 build-17966106). Initially, the VM window wasn't resized but that was fixed by running: sudo apt install open-vm-tools

But copy+paste from host to VM doesn't work, so I tried: sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop, but it didn't help either.

I also checked settings in the VM in Settings -> Options -> Guest isolation, abd both drag&drop and copy&paste is enabled. I also tried turning these off and on again, and rebooting VM several times.

Copy+paste from host to VM works in my other virtual machines in VMWare which I created myself, so it's something specific to this exported VM from VirtualBox which has gone wrong. Any other things I can try to do to uninstall/reinstall VMWare tools?

I appreciate all help!

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radetinac1891
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Nevermind solved it now, this can be solved. What I did was this:

1. apt remove open-vm-tools-desktop open-vm-tools

2. apt install open-vm-tools-desktop open-vm-tools

3. restart the machine

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yahugh
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UPDATED

Workstation 16 Pro, 16.1.2, build 17966106

Ubuntu 18.04, host and guest

I've been dealing with the same issue. I found I had to perform the above steps on both the host and guest systems in order for it to be effective. 

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