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I am using a combination of xautolock and slimlock to automatiacally lock my machine if it does not receive input.

~/.xinitrc:

xautolock -locker /usr/bin/lockify.sh -time 5 &

/usr/bin/lockify.sh:

#!/bin/bash
DONTLOCK=false

if pidof gnome-mplayer 
then
    DONTLOCK=true
else
    echo "gnome-mplayer is not running"
fi

if $DONTLOCK
then
    echo "Watching Video, not locking screen"
else
    /usr/bin/slimlock
fi

Only recently I discovered that this is a problem, when I have a VMWare guest running in the foreground. What happens is that when the lock-screen is engaged the keyboard input seems to remain with my vmware-guest so I cannot unlock my host system.

Does anyone know how I could ensure that input focus is transferred back to my host before the system is locked?

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The easiest way to deal with this is to install VMware Tools in the guest, so that your system never has to lock the keyboard/mouse to the guest in the first place.

If you don't want to do a full VMware Tools install, you can probably get by with just enabling the vmmouse X driver in the guest in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, something like:

Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "Default Layout"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
        InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"  # Add this line to this section
EndSection

# Add this section
Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier "Mouse0"
        Driver "vmmouse"
        Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
EndSection

This sample was taken from a working system where I had to manually enable the guest integration as it wasn't autodetected.

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Interesting. Thought I had installed the tools. Will recheck. Thx. – er4z0r Jul 25 '12 at 13:36
    
Nope. Didn't help :-/ – er4z0r Jul 26 '12 at 14:21

I had the same problem on my windows pc. To be able to enter the password, I had to press Ctrl + Alt to transfer focus to the unlock screen. This is not a real solution, because there is no way to see why the keyboard is not working in the unlock screen. But I hope this might help someone. See also this VMware KB entry.

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