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Hi I have windows 7 and virtualbox installed, with Ubuntu server 11.10 as a guest. I would like to copy and paste commands from websites on windows to the ubuntu server command line. The ubuntu server has no GUI installed. Is this possible? I already installed guest additions but it didn't help

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i have found middle clicking (the third mouse button || the scroll button) pastes in cli... also you can install xclip .. if xclip gets the cmd from clipboard then simple $ eval `xclip -o` will execute your commandComments must be at least 15 characters in length.(click on this box to dismiss) – tao Apr 2 '12 at 21:33
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Ctrl+Shift+V is how to paste into the Linux Gome Terminal, and in other Apps it is just Ctrl+V ( same reversed for copy using C and Cut using X as well ) Hope this helps, took me a long time to get the muscle memory for that one down.

Note, on the Host side, just copy and paste as normal.

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Alternatives: [Ctrl]+[Ins] for copy, [Shift]+[Ins] for paste. – Bart Mar 7 '14 at 15:32

Can't you telnet or SSH from the host to the guest? That way you don't need to set up the shared clipboard, you're using a remote console, and as long as your local telnet/SSH client supports pasting, you won't have anything to worry about.

(note: I found this searching for a way to paste from an Ubuntu host to an Ubuntu guest, both with GUIs, so I'm suggesting a workaround that would work well for you, but won't for me. If you have a reason to need to paste directly into the local console, then I'm sorry but I'm looking for an answer to the same question.)

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