VMWare Workstation 6 has a tray icon wich does not work (at least for 64bit, I cannot test it under x86 plattform). When program is run, it loads an app called vmware-tray wich places (or theoretically it should place) an icon in task bar.
The problem I have is (under KDE and kicker's taskbar) that when vmware workstation program is loaded, it placed a "NULL" icon in this taskbar. (I mean by NULL a color-solid rectangle wich does not respond to clicks nor anything else).
And another thing, if you close vmware-workstation program, the vmware-tray does not get killed (it would have a reason if you leave some VM running in background, but if you don't...)).
I don't know if this is gentoo-specific or a general failure of this version for linux, but I wanted to point it out.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Open VMWare Workstation
2.See the new icon in taskbar
3.Close program andit will not dissapear until you do "killall vmware-tray"
(In reply to comment #0)
> VMWare Workstation 6 has a tray icon wich does not work (at least for 64bit, I
> cannot test it under x86 plattform).
Same on x86 arch and worst because this tray icon may have some adverse effects on other tray icons (e.g. Skype tray icon become irresponsive after some time???).
I'm sorry guys, I've not had any leads on what may be causing this or how to fix it. Could someone please report back whether this is still happening with vmware-workstation-6.0.1+ and with libview-0.6.1? Thanks very much... 5:)
(In reply to comment #2)
> I'm sorry guys, I've not had any leads on what may be causing this or how to
> fix it. Could someone please report back whether this is still happening with
> vmware-workstation-6.0.1+ and with libview-0.6.1? Thanks very much... 5:)
I have just installed vmware-workstation-184.108.40.206824 (with libview-0.6.1) and the icon appears as expected in KDE's system tray.
Tried with libview-0.6.1, vmware-workstation-220.127.116.11004 and KDE4 from SVN's trunk and there is still this issue :(
I'm still not getting the tray icon with Gnome either. I investigated briefly a week or so back, and still can't find a solution. The virtual machines will continue running if the option is selected, whether the tray icon is visible or not. As such, this is still quite a low priority issue, but it hasn't been forgotten. If anyone has any information relating to what causes this not to display properly, it'd be gratefully received. Thanks... 5:)
IIRC this upstream bug (see e.g. http://communities.vmware.com/message/680602) was already fixed upstream.
Mike, the problem you're seeing under GNOME is probably something else: vmware-tray process has some bug in it that demonstrates itself with recent versions of GTK+ and it crashes and is left in zombie state:
$ ps ax | grep vmware-tray
12002 ? Z 0:00 [vmware-tray] <defunct>
This prevents the icon from working correctly. You can verify if this is the case by doing (after you make sure neither vmware nor vmware-tray processes exist in ps output!)
$ export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=force
You're quite right Vaclav, that's exactly what I'm seeing. I guess it's just a case of waiting and hoping it gets fixed in 6.0.4. Thanks for the information, the link for KDE and your Gnome explanation were very helpful! 5:)
Hi guys, can you please check if this is still an issue with vmware-workstation-6.5 please? If so, reopen this bug, if not feel free to just leave it as is. Thanks...
I can confirm this is still an issue with vmware-workstation-18.104.22.168735-r1. I'm running KDE 4.3.
On my system, the vmware-tray process is not getting terminated when VMware is done with the icon, so the icon becomes empty but continues to take space in the system tray area. If I hover over the empty space, I see the old tooltip about one running VM.
On a hunch, I did a simple "kill" on the PID of the vmware-tray process. That caused the two empty spaces in my system tray to disappear. (I had run Workstation a couple times during this session.) So, it seems at least in my situation, there is a fairly easy workaround.
BTW, I don't seem to be able to change the status of the bug...