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I've tested xmonad on ubuntu and archlinux, running either on virtualbox and vmware. After installing guest additions (and the equivalent vmware tools for vmware), the focus border stops working. I was just wondering if there was a workaround or if anyone has a similar setup working?

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What are the guest-addition-tools? Is it a package that I did not find in my search for it? – Robert Massaioli Dec 25 '11 at 12:47
@Robert Massaioli yes it's a package that allows your guests to go fullscreen, share the mouse and clipboard with the host, and to use the Shared folders, – bneil Dec 25 '11 at 13:50
You're not alone in the world: I have exactly the same problem :-( – Nicolas Wu Mar 5 '12 at 15:43
@NicholasWu If you're using osx as your host machine, you can use parallels which doesnt have the same issue. – bneil Mar 6 '12 at 18:48
up vote 4 down vote accepted

After some research, I found that these steps resolved the issues for me.

sudo apt-get install xcompmgr

Then just run the following in a terminal (or whatever) that should be kept alive for the rest of your session:


I just discovered this when blindly trying stuff from various blogs and the VirtualBox ticket. I'm having an OS X host and Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit guest.

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Yes, a thousand times. This worked for me :) – mjg123 Oct 14 '12 at 20:53
Thank you! I had rendering problems and artefacts, relating to window borders, running awesome wm under VMware, and xcompmgr solved everything. – thnee Jan 19 '14 at 13:09

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