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From: Reinier Post <>
Subject: Re: Clipboard periodically breaks
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:46:00 -0000	[thread overview]
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On Thu Sep 26 20:35:21 2013, (Matt D.) wrote:
> Jon,
> Thanks for looking into this. I can confirm that your changes
> correct the issue where highlighting next would cause arbitrary
> pastes to occur. Good work!
> I also concede that there does not seem to be a good solution to
> transparently fix the two-to-one clipboard issue; as XWin may indeed
> be able to interpret calls to X's two clipboards, there wouldn't be
> any reasonable way for it to identify which clipboard is actually
> being used.

I'm reading this wich much interest: for me, too, copy-pasting
between Windows applications and Cygwin xterms to break after some time,
and this has been happening for a year or so.

I'm not aware of doing anything special to cause it to break,
but the only way I know how to fix it is to restart X.
This is with recent Cygwin packages on Windows 7.

I haven't tested with a newer build of the X server.

> However, an environment variable that tells it which clipboard to
> use would provide an immediate solution and be used used on a
> per-application basis. For example, I can use aliases when launching
> programs:
> $ xclip=clipboard1 gedit $@ (monitor only clipboard 1)
> $ xclip=clipboard2 gedit $@ (monitor only clipboard 2)
> No option would indicate that both clipboard 1 and clipboard 2 would
> be handled as they are now.
> I'm not familiar with X programming but I'm assuming here that it
> would be possible for xclip to read from a particular process's own
> environment (rather than xclip's own) while processing a clipboard
> event to do this.
> What do you think?

As an interested bystander, I have no doubt that that type of
specific solution to specific clipboard interaction problems can
possibly work, but using them will require detailed knowledge of how
the X and Windows clipboards interact.

My question is different: is it possible to implement the interaction
in such a way that a user such as me, who is not aware of any subtleties,
can get consistency, in the sense that all copy-paste actions between
X an Windows that work when X is started continue to work in the same way
for the duration of the session?

> Matt D.

Reinier Post
TU Eindhoven

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Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-06-09 18:59 64-bit Clipboard troubles David Stacey
2013-06-10 13:30 ` Jon TURNEY
2013-06-10 21:39   ` David Stacey
2013-06-21 12:33     ` Jon TURNEY
2013-06-21 18:02       ` David Stacey
2013-09-22  2:39       ` Clipboard periodically breaks Matt D.
2013-09-22  3:11         ` Matt D.
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2013-09-27  0:35           ` Matt D.
2013-10-21 14:46             ` Reinier Post [this message]
2013-10-21 22:37               ` Matt D.
2013-11-21 17:51               ` Jon TURNEY

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