VMWare tools and clipboard patch for Minix on VMWare

modified: 14 Apr 2005

Kenichi Takahagi recently made two announcements on comp.os.minix of enhancements for Minix when run on VMWare.

From: "Kenichi TAKAHAGI" <ktakahagi@jcom.home.ne.jp>
Subject: A patch for Minix 2.0 to capture screen on VMware
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2005 15:35:24 GMT

Hello, all

This patch enables Minix guests on VMware to print the contents
of the console screen to host's clipboard when F4 key is pressed.

This patch utilizes what is called 'VMware Backdoor I/O Port'.
See http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/backdoor.html for
further information by Ken Kato <chitchat-lj@infoseek.jp>.

[notes by ASW: patch text has been omitted. To display on a web page special characters in the source code patch would need to be encoded as "&" escapes, and cutting and pasting this from a browser probably would not result in a usable patch. Please download the file at /pub/contrib/vmw-p01.tar.Z to obtain the patch.

Look at Ken Kato's top level page for more VMWare information and tools: http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/.]

From: "Kenichi TAKAHAGI" <ktakahagi@jcom.home.ne.jp>
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: VMware Command Line Tools for Minix
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 12:57:03 GMT

Hello, Minix on VMware users

Do you know 'VMware Command Line Tools' ?

Now you can download a Minix port of the tools.

This makes it easy to exchange small text data each other
between a host and guests without any networking support.


guest1 $ ps -alx | vmw -c           # copy to host's clipboard

guest1 $ vmw -c < prog.c            # copy text file on a guest
guest2 $ vmw -v > prog.c            # paste it on another guest

guest1 $ uue pkg.tar.Z - | vmw -c   # exchange a binary file
guest2 $ vmw -v | uud -             # between guests

Any other ideas?  


[Note by ASW: The VMWare Command Line Tools are available here as /pub/contrib/vmw-01.tar.Z as well as at the site referenced in the newsgroup article above.]


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