I run ubuntu on VMWare Player on windows and I have my custom dwm window manager. Using GPaste as a clipboard manager. The clipboard copy-paste is not working between guest and host, when I switch to the Gnome window manager it works. What can I miss that causes the copy-paste not to work? It worked when I run the same setup on VirtualBox.

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This fixed the issue for me:

cat .xinitrc
/usr/bin/vmware-user-suid-wrapper &
exec dwm

There is /etc/xdg/autostart/vmware-user.desktop that executes /usr/bin/vmware-user. My custom UI does not follow Open Desktop specification so it does not do that. Added this command to my start-up file and all is great. VirtualBox works much worse than VMWare, ironically, clipboard there worked out-of-box with my custom window manager.

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