VirtualBox

Opened 15 years ago

Closed 15 years ago

Last modified 15 years ago

#5549 closed defect (invalid)

clipboard not working -> middle-button-copy not supported by design

Reported by: omergrigg Owned by:
Component: clipboard Version: VirtualBox 3.0.12
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: Windows

Description

Hello, I have the newest virtualbox version installed on a 64-bit Win7 pro machine. I have a VectorLinux 6.0 Lite VDI as a guest (I downloaded it from virtualboximages).

Copy/Paste doesn't work, never has. bidirectional clipboard is enabled. Any help?

Thanks

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clipboard log (63.4 KB ) - added by Michael Thayer 15 years ago.
Log previously pasted by omergrigg

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Change History (15)

comment:1 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

Could you please attach a log file from a run of the VM? And did you install the Guest Additions?

comment:2 by omergrigg, 15 years ago

I'd gladly do it, if you could tell me how to create a log file...

comment:3 by Frank Mehnert, 15 years ago

omergrigg, I've deleted your pasted log file as it was completely unreadable. Please use the ATTACH button to attach the file, do never copy'n'paste log files.

comment:4 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

I copied and pasted the log file into a text file and attached it. I had to run it through an html stripper, so it may not be perfect, but it is an improvement.

by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

Attachment: clipboard log added

Log previously pasted by omergrigg

comment:5 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

omergrigg: please make sure that you are doing Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V copy and paste in the guest, and not the middle-mouse-button sort.

Could you try the following in the guest: kill the "VBoxClient --clipboard" daemon and restart it (as user, not root) by typing the following into a console window:

$ VBOX_RELEASE_LOG_DEST=file=clipboard.log VBOX_RELEASE_LOG=+shared_clipboard.e.l.l2.l3.f VBoxClient --clipboard -d

and then trying some copying and pasting? That should create a log file in the guest called "clipboard.log", which you can attach to this defect.

in reply to:  5 comment:6 by omergrigg, 15 years ago

Replying to michael: How do I kill the ""VBoxClient --clipboard" daemon" ?

omergrigg: please make sure that you are doing Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V copy and paste in the guest, and not the middle-mouse-button sort.

Could you try the following in the guest: kill the "VBoxClient --clipboard" daemon and restart it (as user, not root) by typing the following into a console window:

$ VBOX_RELEASE_LOG_DEST=file=clipboard.log VBOX_RELEASE_LOG=+shared_clipboard.e.l.l2.l3.f VBoxClient --clipboard -d

and then trying some copying and pasting? That should create a log file in the guest called "clipboard.log", which you can attach to this defect.

comment:7 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

You can use the command

$ ps ax | grep VBoxClient

to find the right process ID for it, and then use the "kill" command with that process ID.

comment:8 by omergrigg, 15 years ago

I ran the ps command - there was no process called "VBoxClient" "3412 pts/0 S+ 0:00 grep VBoxClient". (What's the specific syntax for the kill command?) I ran the command "VBOX_RELEASE...." that you wrote and something started happening (the command prompt disappeared but never came back). After a while I just ctrl+c it. I don't know where clipboard.log should be located.

comment:9 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

OK, try running just

$ VBoxClient --clipboard

and see if things work after that. Probably your Linux guest doesn't support the normal methods of starting service applications for X window.

comment:10 by omergrigg, 15 years ago

OK! So I ran the command you said "VBoxClient --clipboard" - and now I can copy/paste from my host (win7) to the guest (vectorlinux lite) but not the other way... at least we're getting somewhere. My virtualbox clipboard is set to "bidirectional", BTW. I really need it to work both ways, though...

comment:11 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

You *did* read what I wrote about Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V versus middle-button copy and paste, didn't you?

comment:12 by omergrigg, 15 years ago

Ctrl-C / Ctrl-V doesn't work at all inside the guest, just middle-button. There's no menu in the terminal as well.

comment:13 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

I will have to close this as "invalid", I'm afraid. A couple of words of explanation below though.

Most modern X11 applications support Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V copy and paste. (In official X11 terminology, this is the "clipboard", and the middle-button thing is the "primary selection"). Sharing the primary selection with a Windows host would be rather problematic, as Windows doesn't have the same concept (and people would get very annoyed if their Windows clipboard got lost every time they selected something in X11), so we only share the clipboard. For convenience we do cheat a bit and set the primary selection if something is copied at the other end. This is close to what would happen in X11, as normally when you copy something into the clipboard you have to select if first anyway.

And it seems that your Linux distribution does not automatically start the shared clipboard guest service. To work around this, you could add the line "/usr/bin/VBoxClient-all" to the file .xinitrc in your home directory on the guest.

comment:14 by Michael Thayer, 15 years ago

Summary: clipboard not workingclipboard not working -> middle-button-copy not supported by design
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