vmware workstation 6.5.2 - keyboard misbehaving in guest

Bug #367657 reported by pawel.jasinski on 2009-04-26
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xserver-xorg-input-evdev (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: xserver-xorg-input-evdev

When working in guest, sometimes I have observed a "stuck key" effect. Switching back to host (xterm) continues the "stuck key" effect until something else is pressed.
I believer occasionally the key up event is lost (not seen by the guest).
Pressing additional keys in guest does not unstuck the key. The modifiers (shift, control etc) works.
If i manage to get "c" stuck, i can generate CTRL-C by just pressing CTRL :-)

The problem surfaced after upgrade from 8.10 to 9.04
I have the same result with xp and linux as guest.

to reproduce reliably :
- install 9.04 workstation
- install vmware workstation 6.2.1
- create vm with 9.04 server (with or without VMWare tools)
- start the vm, logon (make sure it is at the shell prompt or in editor)
- get the focus out of vm but on the vmware window
- press CTRL-G to grab focus
- observe the 'g' filling up the screen
- try CTRL-ALT-F1 to stop it (if you have a second vm CTRL-ALT-LEFT/RIGHT works as well)
  when vm has a gui, you can move the cursor out of the vm window

miobio (miobio) wrote :

I can confirm this bug, it happens in VMWare player 2.5.x as well.

See http://communities.vmware.com/message/1239350 as a reference on VMWare community.

Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2009-09-02
tags: added: jaunty
pawel.jasinski (pawel-jasinski) wrote :

The vmware workstation version 6.5.3 has the fix for the problem.
In the original description I made a mistake and reported wrong vmware version. It is 6.2.1. It should be 6.5.1
The fix is not perfect. I expect that the Ctrl-g gets consumed on the host side, but instead the 'g' make to the application on guest. Anyway, it doesn't bother me.

I have seen the problem with vmware server (effectively vmware remote console plug-in version 2.5.0.122581). I hope the next release of vmware server will include the same fix.

m-briosi (m-briosi) wrote :

Fixed for me too

Changed in xserver-xorg-input-evdev (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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