Gear Icon / Parallels Shared Clipboard Icon in Ubuntu 22.04

Discussion in 'Linux Guest OS Discussion' started by BrentM3, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. BrentM3

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    Ever since upgrading to Parallels 18 I now get this gear icon in my task bar:
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    It seems to show up at boot, bit then disappears and reappears at random times while I work. It doesn't show up in my Ubuntu 20.04 VM though. Is there a way to get rid of this while keeping the shared clipboard functionality?
     
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  2. MagneA

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    Have the same issues myself. Installed latest Ubuntu 22.10, and it's still around. You can turn ofc turnoff share mac clipboard under "more option", but again then well you can not share clipboard
    When on everything seems to work nice, but just annoying. Would be nice if there is an update or other solution to fix this.
     
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  3. RichardM16

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    And for me, when the icon disappears, I cannot copy-and-paste anymore.
    What was the process name? perhaps I can manually trigger it to get copy-and-paste working again.
     
  4. BrentM3

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    @RichardM16 It's /usr/bin/prlcc It gets installed in the Gnome startup applications under "Parallels Control Center"
     
  5. BrentM3

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    Is no one from Parallels even going to acknowledge this issue? This is kind of BS, its been three months now and you've released multiple updates and not fixed this issue.

    The most annoying thing about this is that it takes focus away from what you were working on in the VM when you switch back and forth between mac desktop, forcing you to mouse click back on the window in the VM before you can start typing again.

    Parallels is a VERY expensive application, and if this is the kind of Linux support we're going to get then its really not worth my money.
     
  6. LeighT1

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    I second what BrentM3 said. Thinking of switching to VMware or Virtual box if they support the M1..
     
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  7. DavidE7

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    I guess this little clipboard app is the reason why alt-tabbing from mac to ubuntu doesn't focus on the open terminal in ubuntu, rather something non visible.

    I have to click two times in the terminal window to gain keyboard focus, that's every time...!
     
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  8. Adin1

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    Another Mac user sharing your frustration here. Hopefully this thread will get enough visibility for someone to post a workaround.
     
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  9. LeighT1

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    oddly enough, I have this problem with Ubuntu 22.04 on a Mac M1 laptop with the ARM64 processor, but NOT on my MacPro desktop Intel box with the same Ubuntu 22.04. Would be nice if Parallels would fix this.
     
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  10. CarlosA27

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    Same problem here, very annoying, and also second the very expensive sentiment.
     
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  11. CarlosA27

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    uploading two screenshots for reference.
     

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  12. LeighT1

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    It's been 4 months since this problem was surfaced on this forum. Not a peep out of the Parallels company. You'd at least hope for a support person to pop in and say "we are looking in to it", or "sorry it's a Linux ARM64 problem", or something. I'm beginning to think that the business model of most software companies now is to lay off the tech support team to make the CEO look good on the balance sheet, and hope that some unmonitored user forum will take care of tech support - only costs them storage space on some AWS server somewhere and an outsourced web programming company. Very frustrating for the customers of Parallels.
     
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  13. BrentM3

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    @Asish@Parallels @Pavel Merkulov Can we at least get acknowledgement that engineering has this on their road map? Even a "sorry, won't fix" is better than no response.
     
  14. BrentM3

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  15. StanislavZ

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    The icon shows when there's host clipboard data to share. Unfortunately it doesn't seem possible to hide icon from 'taskbar' or share clipboard different way on Wayland.
     
  16. BrentM3

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    Thanks for the response @StanislavZ, but the issue isn't so much that the icon is there (although that's annoying) but that it steals focus when you switch desktops.
    For example, say you're working on a document inside the Ubuntu VM, happily typing away. Then you realize you need to look up something on your Mac desktop or another VM, so you do the three finger swipe across the track pad (or CTRL arrow) to switch to that desktop. You then swipe back to the Ubuntu VM and start typing again, but nothing shows up in your document you were just working on. The "gear icon" app stole the focus (you can tell as the gear icon is now highlighted in the task bar.) You now have to click inside your document window again so you can start typing again. Maybe it doesn't sound like much, but it gets annoying fast and interrupts your flow.
    If the gear icon can't be gotten rid of, can you at least stop it from stealing focus when switching desktops?
     

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