Cut, Copy, Paste Nightmare
yinyang at eburg.com
Thu Jun 1 03:56:41 UTC 2006
> I find the Linux way of doing it a right pain in the bum.
There's no "linux way". X offers you the flexibility to use multiple
clipboards, but doesn't force you to use any one, particularly not one
that's a pain.
> Linux: I have some document with a word I'd like to replace. I *have*
> to delete the word, find and highlight its new replacement, paste it
> into the document.
> Windows: Highlight the word to be replaced, and paste the new word over
> the top of it.
Yeah, you can do that in X, too. Use the clipboard (ctrl+c or "copy"
menu item) instead of the primary selection. If you behave like you're
using Windows, you'll get the results that you want.
> Linux: I've highlighted some details from an e-mail that I want to put
> into the email configuration. I open up the configuration, and the
> first editable data in it is already highlighted by the application.
> It's now in the copy buffer, and I can't paste what *I* had previously
If that's true, it's a bug in the application. The primary selection is
only supposed to be replaced if the user selects something. If you open
a window and something is automatically highlighted, it does not also
magically replace the primary selection.
Since I don't know of any application that does that, I'll note that if,
in Firefox, you press "Ctrl+l", the location bar's contents are
highlighted, but the primary selection is not replaced. If you try to
paste the primary selection, you'll get whatever was selected before you
Even if the application that you're using *is* buggy, you should still
be able to copy text to the clipboard (rather than the primary
selection) before you open the configuration, and paste the text.
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