shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

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shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby stephanecharette » 14. Apr 2009, 01:51

Ever since I upgraded to VB 2.2.0, I've found that shared clipboard no longer works. I've re-installed the 2.2.0 guest additions and tried rebooting both the guest and the host, but cannot share from host->guest nor from guest->host.

Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

Host is Ubuntu 8.10-64bit and guest is Debian Etch 4-64bit.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby Perryg » 14. Apr 2009, 02:47

Strange!
The first time I tried it was from guest (Jaunty) to host Vista and it did not work.
Then I tried it from Vista to Jaunty and it worked. Subsequent tries worked in both directions after that.
Hummmmm.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby Sasquatch » 14. Apr 2009, 16:06

First time I tried, it crashed my Jaunty VM, then after a new start of the VM, no issue with it.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby stephanecharette » 14. Apr 2009, 18:24

Sasquatch wrote:First time I tried, it crashed my Jaunty VM, ...


The clipboard crash is a known issue in VB 2.2.0. See http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/3723.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby Sanek » 15. Apr 2009, 09:38

Clipboard not working correctly on Debian 5 (lenny) guest here as well. It works "sometimes" and from some applications. For example, I can copy and paste (sometimes) from the terminal window, however not from an application like Netbeans.

It works on and off with the emphasis being on the off part.

Running Linux debian 2.6.26-1-486 Guest with Guest Additions 2.2.0.
The host is Windows Vista Business x64.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby rexless » 16. Apr 2009, 02:20

I'm running Ubuntu 8.10 and XP, both right up to date with latest updates.
Using PUEL 2.2.0

Same problem. Cut & Paste works sometimes and then eventually dies out. I get errors like

This application "" has the clipboard locked
the process id is 3508
the thread id is 12332
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby reagle » 16. Apr 2009, 14:35

With Ubuntu 8.10 host w/ VB2.2 (XP guest) I too have various clipboard and keyboard problems. Eventually, clipboard will just stop working. At other times, text entry in KDE on host gets lagged and klipper kind of jams.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby darkoth » 16. Apr 2009, 16:50

I get the same thing. Suddenly in the Windows Guest, I can no longer copy/paste or cut/paste anything....
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby rexless » 16. Apr 2009, 17:35

Now the "VboxSharedClipboardClass" gets stuck and prevents the windows XP guest from shutting down properly.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby Perryg » 16. Apr 2009, 17:51

Already reported and ticket made. Click here to see if this applies to you.

http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/3723
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby stephanecharette » 16. Apr 2009, 17:54

No, that ticket (which I created) was for a *crash* that would happen when you'd try to cut-and-paste.

Here is the ticket I created for shared-clipboard-is-not-working: http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/3755
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby Perryg » 16. Apr 2009, 18:04

stephanecharette wrote:No, that ticket (which I created) was for a *crash* that would happen when you'd try to cut-and-paste.

Here is the ticket I created for shared-clipboard-is-not-working: http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/3755


Thank you! I copied the wrong link, sorry
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby joeniski » 16. Apr 2009, 18:51

i've been having a very similar problem with the bidirectional clipboard eventually failing in VirtualBox xVM since version 2.0.something - hosts Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10, on both 32- and 64-bit Ubuntu, guest in WindowsXP SP3.

in diagnosing it, i find that using *any* MS Office 2007 application triggers the failure - shared clipboard stops working, and when i try to shut Windows down i get a message to the effect that "VBoxSharedClipboardClass has stopped responding", and i need to abort the guest session altogether - it never completes teh shutdown process..
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby myxiplx » 21. Apr 2009, 09:17

Yup, same here. The shared clipboard has been a problem for ages. Around v1.6 it worked perfectly - with a Ubuntu host and Windows guest I could share items between them no problem at all.

Ever since then it's been intermittent, with the clipboard integration sometimes working, but most often with the host clipboard overwriting the guest one every few seconds. The clipboard on the guest has been almost unusable for some time now.

However, in 2.2, the guest clipboard is now completely unresponsive. I have no clipboard functionality at all, and I'm now hunting for something I can disable so I can render this system usable again.
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Re: shared clipboard not working in VB 2.2.0? (Ubuntu & Debian)

Postby myxiplx » 21. Apr 2009, 09:32

Just a quick comment - stopping the VirtualBox Guest Additions Service restores clipboard functionality in windows, but restarting that service doesn't re-establish the shared clipboard.
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