An addition to the clipboard specification

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Fri Apr 14 22:46:03 EEST 2006

Toni Ruottu wrote:
>  Hi
>I'm hoping clipboard specification/explanation [1] could
>be extended to cover the behavior described in a bug report [2] filed by
>Zack Weinberg for GTK+. The description doesn't conflict with the
>current specification in any way, while it gives a sane and consistent
>way of handling PRIMARY.

I agree with his item #3, but I strongly oppose to #4. If you require that 
functionality, it's fairly simple to run a PRIMARY-CLIPBOARD synchroniser 
program. As for #1, it should be clear that's in response to 
mouse-events. Keyboard events (as in shift+left when making a selection) 
should not set the PRIMARY.

This effectly makes PRIMARY a mouse-only entity and CLIPBOARD a 
keyboard-only entity (not considering clicking on cut/copy/paste menus).

This is, of course, my strongly biased opinion, based on how I currently 
use it.

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