Ubuntu and the clipboard
geekboy at angrykeyboarder.com
Thu Sep 28 16:14:38 UTC 2006
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> I personally find the whole CTRL/C and CTRL/V way of cutting and
> pasting incredibly clumsy. It's a Windows invention anyway and thus
> is (to my mind) cobbled on top of the correct Unix/Linux way of doing
Actually it was around before Windows. It was on the Mac beforehand..
> In the 'normal' Unix/Linux way of doing things:-
> Selected text (i.e. text marked by dragging with button 1) is
> automatically put in the buffer.
> You then paste the text by pressing the 'middle' button (often
> emulated by pressing both buttons if you only have two).
I find that "middle button" stuff rather clumsy myself. And worse, when
I select text for other purposes I end up putting it in the clipboard
when I didn't want it there.
> This avoids all keyboard interaction at all and (at least to my mind)
> is much more logical. Why involve the keyboard at all? You *have* to
> use the mouse to select the text and probably also to say where it is
> to be pasted so involving the keyboard inevitably means more hand
> movement is required than if only the mouse is used.
Your logic does make sense, but I've just never been comfortable with a
lot of the "features" in X.
Long before I ever used X, I tried out the "X-Mouse" tweak in Winidows
95 (and later) which Mimics X-Window mouse behavior. I dumped it in a
few days. I tried using those features again later on in Linux and still
didn't like them. :-)
That window-focus-follows-mouse stuff will drive one nuts in a matter of
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