[Annoyances] X-Windows Copy & Paste

Marko Macek Marko.Macek at gmx.net
Thu Aug 21 07:32:00 EEST 2003

Havoc Pennington wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2003 at 01:44:36PM +1000, John Ryland wrote:
>>In the final spec there is no volatile primary clipboard anymore, it is now 
>>deprecated. Left button select is non-destructive. User is not confused, 
>>mouse buttons are used semetrically.
> I don't understand what problem you're trying to solve. CLIPBOARD
> already works exactly like Windows and Mac and as most people expect,
> with the exception that its contents disappear with the app you copied
> from. However, there are plenty of ways we can solve that without
> breaking anything that works now.
> Just ignore PRIMARY, it's an easter egg. It's not going to confuse
> anyone because they won't find it. Most mice don't even have a middle
> button.

This is not true.

When a newbie asks how do to copy/paste there is > 50% chance that 
somebody will reply "copy with left button and paste with the middle" 
instead of it "works the same way as in windows/mac, use standard 
bindings Ctrl+XVC, Ctrl/Shift+Insert/Delete".

This is why I proposed an option to disable this easter egg by default. 
It is confusing people IMO.

I definately disagree with any combining of the two concepts. It will 
only add more confusion :(


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