VMTools successfully installed on FBSD 10 - can't drag and drop to or from VM

edflecko . edflecko at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 22:59:52 UTC 2014

I've finally figured out how to install the VMTools on a FBSD 10 VM, but
oddly enough - I can't drag and drop (which is my primary reason for
installing them)!

Here's how I installed so maybe someone can see what might be wrong? -

cd /usr/ports/lang/perl5.16

make config-recursive

make all clean install

pkg install xorg

pkg install xfce

Xorg -configure

echo 'hald_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

echo 'dbus_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

echo “/usr/local/bin/startxfce4” >> /root/.xinitrc

echo “/usr/local/bin/startxfce4” >> /home/user/.xinitrc


Next, in virtual machine client, Go to guest -> install vmware tools.  This
will mount the tools CDROM in the virtual machine.

pkg install compat6x-amd64

mkdir /mnt/cdrom

mount -t cd9660 /dev/cd0 /mnt/cdrom

cp /mnt/cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz /tmp

cd /tmp

tar -xzvf vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz

wget http://ogris.de/vmware/vmware-tools-distrib.diff

wget http://ogris.de/vmware/vmblock-only.diff

wget http://ogris.de/vmware/vmmemctl-only.diff

cd vmware-tools-distrib

patch -p1 < /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib.diff

cd lib/modules/source/

tar xf vmblock.tar

tar xf vmmemctl.tar

cd vmblock-only

patch -p1 < /tmp/vmblock-only.diff

make && make install

cd ../vmmemctl-only

patch -p1 < /tmp/vmmemctl-only.diff

make && make install

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/


Accept all defaults and finally -

echo 'ifconfig_vxn0=”DHCP”' >> /etc/rc.conf

pkg install xf86-video-vmware

pkg install xf86-input-vmmouse

Everything seems to install without error and yet I still can't drag and
drop from or to the XFCE desktop!


Thank you,

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