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What improvements Guest Additions provide for a CLI guest OS?

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I'm fairly sure guest additions are only for Windows, Linux, and Solaris. But if you're running Linux in CLI for example there are benefits to having guest additions installed:

  • Easier mouse movement between the host and guest OS
  • Sometimes USB does not respond, installing guest additions usually fixes this
  • Time synchronization with the host OS
  • Easier sharing of folders from the host OS

and probably more that would benefit CLI.

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I don't know if you experience advantages but the guest additions need at least a X server to be installed on the system (because it tries to install window drivers).

Why downvote? All I can say is, that I have tried it, if there is an option to install the additions without an X server installed please tell me. I would be happy about that :)

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