Clipboard Management that Works
May 07, 2005
It is incredible how few Linux users really appreciate the power of the X clipboard. Most people get tripped up using clipboard management in Linux trying to do things the Windows way. By default, the X clipboard captures the current mouse selection rather than waiting for a Ctrl-C command. Because of this feature, most people end up losing their selection prematurely. Another hurdle is that the selection is dropped when the application that created it is terminated.
After hearing a rant on LugRadio about broken clipboard management in Linux, I wrote in with the following response:
I believe that the concern is well founded. Clipboard management in Linux is totally botched. The problem is that once the application holding the clipboard contents quits, the content is flushed from the primary buffer. However, if you are running a super-daemon, such as KDE's Klipper, which is just brilliant by the way, the clipboard content stays alive even after the death of the application. In fact, it can keep up to 25 of the most recent selections. If you have never taken advantage of this feature in Klipper, you are really missing out!