Cannot copy from VM to host vmware Workstation

Hi, recently, I try to copy files from VM in vmware Workstation, and can’t do it. vmware tools is installed (open-vm-tools). Even shere folders are enabled, but, still doesn’t work.


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Can you clarify how you are trying to copy it? What process are you using and what error are you getting?

If you are trying to use folder sharing, you might need to add this to /etc/fstab

vmhgfs-fuse    /mnt/hgfs    fuse    defaults,allow_other    0    0

Make sure the directory /mnt/hgfs exists.

There is no error. Drag and drop doesn’t work, copy-paste doesn’t work. With both processes I don’t get an error.

The task or process doesn’t work and there is no error.

For copy/paste work there are a few prerequisites:

  • You need to be running X, not wayland in the VM(and maybe on the host?, I would have to test the host part)
  • You need to have gtkmm3 installed in the VM
  • You need to have open-vm-tools installed in the vm
  • vmtoolsd needs to be enabled and running

Shared folders should work with both X and Wayland as long as you follow the above.

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vmhgfs-fuse    /mnt/hgfs    fuse    defaults,allow_other    0    0 ==> done

Can you help me with the above?

I remember that in other installations, there always be enabled the copy-paste end drag-n-drop in the vm.

It isn’t likely that Linux Mint is running Wayland unless you specifically enabled as I think that Wayland is still considered experimental in Mint.

From your inxi, it looks like you are also running X on the host.

On mint you need to install open-vm-tools-desktop

It is installed.
Cannot copy-paste in any direction.

Only I can drag-n-drop from host to vm, but not copy paste. From vm to host, nothing.

Run vmware-user and then test again. If it works, add it to whatever you use for automatically starting processes when you log in.

siegfried@siegfried-virtual-machine:~$ vmware-user
(vmware-user:1803): Gtk-WARNING **: 20:06:56.801: gtk_disable_setlocale() must be called before gtk_init()

Can copy text from vm to host, but not files.

That utility is just for clipboard sharing. For drag & drop functionality between host and guest through FUSE, use the vmware-vmblock-fuse utility.

You can read about these utilities, as well as the rest of the available utilities, here:

From guest Linux Mint 21.3, it gives me this error to host Garuda-Cinnamnon:


vmware-vmblock-fuse enabled in guest.

Any help?

Did you start and enable the service?

sudo systemctl enable --now vmware-vmblock-fuse.service

This step is mentioned in the doc I linked right here:

siegfried@siegfried-virtual-machine:~$ sudo systemctl status vmware-vmblock-fuse.service
× vmware-vmblock-fuse.service - Open Virtual Machine Tools (vmware-vmblock-fuse)
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/vmware-vmblock-fuse.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Wed 2024-06-05 10:59:06 -04; 51s ago
    Process: 1802 ExecStart=/usr/bin/vmware-vmblock-fuse -d -f -o subtype=vmware-vmblock,default_permissions,allow_other /run/vmblock-fuse (code=exited, statu>
   Main PID: 1802 (code=exited, status=233/RUNTIME_DIRECTORY)
        CPU: 2ms

Jun 05 10:59:06 siegfried-virtual-machine systemd[1802]: vmware-vmblock-fuse.service: Failed at step RUNTIME_DIRECTORY spawning /usr/bin/vmware-vmblock-fuse: >
Jun 05 10:59:06 siegfried-virtual-machine systemd[1]: Started Open Virtual Machine Tools (vmware-vmblock-fuse).
Jun 05 10:59:06 siegfried-virtual-machine systemd[1]: vmware-vmblock-fuse.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=233/RUNTIME_DIRECTORY
Jun 05 10:59:06 siegfried-virtual-machine systemd[1]: vmware-vmblock-fuse.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
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That gives me in the guest. Guest is Linux Mint 21.3

It looks like you have identified the issue. :grinning:

What was your method for installing VMware Tools in the guest?

OK, but I don’t get it. How I enable this in guest vm Linux Mint?

What was your method for installing VMware Tools in the guest?

Always is open-vm-tools.

How specifically did you install VMware Tools? Did you use the package manager? Or did you use the utility built in to VMware, for example as described in this tutorial:

It seems like the tools are not working properly, so perhaps you should try installing them another way.

I installed open-vm-tools. Infact, by default is installed, but I removed it and reinstalled it.