Send Control Characters in VMware Consoles



  • I run into this regularly. You are working along and you don something simple like start a ping on Linux which requires a control-c to stop while working in a VMware console. But there is no way to send a control-c. How do you break free?



  • First, I do not have a problem with using Ctrl+C
    But if you do then: Press Start button or Windows key, type OSK, then hit enter.

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  • I neither have Windows nor a GUI. Just a BASH session that expects Control-C to be available.



  • Does ctrl+break work?

    I wish I could help more; I'm in ESXi all the time, but not in Linux. Ctrl+C isn't really used much in modern Windows.



  • Damn! @JaredBusch, I will be using that weekly now! I use Remote Desktop Connection Manager to connect to my clients office and from there I run that program on the server so can remote into any box "locally". There are times where I could have used the on screen keyboard. Thanks for the tip!



  • @alexntg said:

    Does ctrl+break work?

    I wish I could help more; I'm in ESXi all the time, but not in Linux. Ctrl+C isn't really used much in modern Windows.

    Sadly in all UNIX it is extremely common and is an expected control sequence along with Ctrl+D and Ctrl+Z.



  • @StrongBad said:

    I neither have Windows nor a GUI. Just a BASH session that expects Control-C to be available.

    I also have no problem with Ctrl + C in multiple CentOS virtual machines through the ESXi window. I am still using the thick client though. Not vSphere Center or whatever the web based thing is called.



  • @JaredBusch said:

    @StrongBad said:

    I neither have Windows nor a GUI. Just a BASH session that expects Control-C to be available.

    I also have no problem with Ctrl + C in multiple CentOS virtual machines through the ESXi window. I am still using the thick client though. Not vSphere Center or whatever the web based thing is called.

    Using the fat client here. How do you do it? Hitting Control-C does nothing and there is no menu option for sending them. What version of vSphere are you running?



  • @StrongBad said:

    Using the fat client here. How do you do it? Hitting Control-C does nothing and there is no menu option for sending them. What version of vSphere are you running?

    nothing special was done. standard install. this is on my home PC looking across OpenVPN to a client's host. Obvoiusly you terminate a ping with ctrl-c
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  • of note, this was a 5.0 install then i added 5.1 and 5.5



  • Maybe it's a new update in 5.5. I've tested 5.0 and 5.1 and not seen it work on either of those.


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