[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#856456: Bug#856456: xfce4-ter: Clipboard contents erased on child application exit (only when preference is copy on select)

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Wed Mar 1 19:50:15 UTC 2017

On Wed, 2017-03-01 at 21:30 +1300, Chris Tillman wrote:
> I noticed the setting for "Automatically copy selection to clipboard" in the
> Preferences. I thought, that's cool, like Putty does. But it doesn't work quite
> as reliably as you'd like.

Actually it's a vte thing, not xfce4-terminal.
> Within a given program (e.g. less), it puts whatever you highlight on the
> clipboard and that can be pasted another place in the program, or to another
> window.

What are you calling the clipboard here? The “middle clic” selection was
already available before and is still available now.
> The only issue is if you want to close that program, then open another one or
> another instance of the same one, and use the copied material. It has
> evaporated. I determined the point it evaporates is when the program exits.

Well afaict that's the same thing for everything, unrelated to terminal or vte
or that option. What you need then in a clipboard manager (like xfce4-
clipboard) to retain the clipboard content.
> Even more curious, sometimes rather than evaporating, another bit of text (the
> same length, and from the same columns) from the scrollback of the terminal
> will get substituted on the clipboard when quitting.

I guess it actually gets selected and thus copied to the clipboard.
> I turned it off for now and went back to Ctrl-Shift-C, Ctrl-Shift-V.

You can still use it.

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