When will we have a clipboard that works?

Erik Christiansen erik at dd.nec.com.au
Thu Nov 23 01:27:24 UTC 2006

On Wed, Nov 22, 2006 at 10:27:52PM +1100, Cameron Hutchison wrote:
> Did you know you can middle-click on a page in firefox and it will load
> the the URL that is in the selection buffer? Thats how I interface
> between xterm and Firefox (Epiphany now) when I want to paste a URL.
> You've also got a much bigger mouse target that way.

Nope, sounds great! Maybe it's because I have firefox 1.0.7, that
nothing happens even if I repeatedly whack the "middle" mouse button,
with the cursor over the page, and a url loaded. I tried a firefox
upgrade, but newer versions don't seem to have been back-ported to
Breezy. (It'd be worth spending a minute to build from source, for this
functionality, though, if that's what's required. :)

> What you can do in xterm is to set the selectToClipboard resource. I
> just tested this, and I can select some text in xterm, go to Epiphany,
> select the URL and press Ctrl-V and it replaces the selected URL with
> what you've selected in the xterm. You can temporarily turn on
> selectToClipboard by Ctrl-middle-clicking in the xterm and picking it
> from the menu.

Oh-Oh, Ctrl-middle-click in an xterm gives me a grey rectangle, with the
text "100 x 50". No menu. :-(
Alt-middle-click clears the xterm, so that's not it. My xterms are just:

colours='-fg yellow -bg darkslategrey'
/usr/bin/xterm $colours -sb -rightbar -cr red -geometry 100x50+0+10 &

An upgrade attempt on xterm gave "0 upgraded ...". Looks like I have to
sneak up on this one from another angle. Rats! A quick fix would have
been most gratifying.


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