[Annoyances] X-Windows Copy & Paste
richard at tartarus.org
Tue Aug 19 14:08:17 EEST 2003
I havn't thought about this problem terribly much, but I think I'm in
agreement with John Meacham. It would make at least one situation I
routinely encounter more straightforward. An example to explain why:
Suppose I have three applications open. (The behaviours of these may not
currently be exactly what I describe, but I'm sure three applications
could be found which do behave in these ways.)
Mozilla - puts selection in PRIMARY,
has explicit cut/copy/paste which use CLIPBOARD.
Pterm - puts selection in PRIMARY,
has no explicit cut/copy/paste.
Wine:WinWord - has explicit paste from CLIPBOARD,
but no paste from PRIMARY.
Now consider the following:
* I am using Mozilla, and at some point do an explicit copy, setting
CLIPBOARD & PRIMARY.
* I then use Pterm, and make a selection to set PRIMARY.
* I then wish to paste this into WinWord. I have to use the explicit
paste - but this causes the copy from Mozilla to be pasted. I have
no way to paste the selection from Pterm. In addition, I get
confused by some old junk appearing when I try to paste.
>From a user interface point of view, this is disastrous. It would be
much more usful if Pterm set CLIPBOARD as well as PRIMARY - then, at
least, I'd be able to paste from Pterm into all applications.
(FYI, My interest in this thread is that if I can work out what should
be done, I'll submit a patch to pterm to fix it up.)
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