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Re: Cut, Copy, Paste Nightmare

On Wed, 2006-05-31 at 11:54 -0700, Gordon Messmer wrote:

> And here's a statement that you probably never thought you'd see: The 
> best explanation of this that I've seen was a slashdot comment.
> http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=109755&cid=9319130
> So, basically, there are two clipboards in X.  If you select text with 
> the mouse, you can paste it with the middle button.  If you use the 
> "copy" menu item (or ctrl+c), you can paste it with the "paste" menu 
> item (or ctrl+v).  As long as you don't try to mix the two, like 
> expecting "paste" to insert something that you selected with the mouse, 
> you should be fine.

That's a little confusing. Almost everywhere the keyboard versions
of copy/paste work there is also a right-mouse menu that works
the same way as the keyboard, so the distinction isn't between using
the mouse and the keyboard, it is between using the clipboard or
the selection.  That is, anything selected will paste with the
middle mouse (and I disagree with the slashdot article calling
this the 'advanced' way - it is the basic X way), and things
copied to the clipboard with either the right-mouse menu copy
or the keyboard equivalent will paste with either the right-mouse
menu or the keyboard equivalent.  Since many applications need
the keystrokes for something else, you'll have a lot fewer surprises
if you use the right-mouse method most places.  Also, if you use
'synergy' to let a single keyboard/mouse access multiple computers
running different OS's, the right-mouse action usually work no matter
where you are.

 Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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