linux clipboard?

Grant Edwards grante at
Wed Mar 8 15:35:43 CET 2006

On 2006-03-08, Chris Smith <smitty_one_each at> wrote:

>>> how can i copy text to the linux clipboard?
>  Rene> Linux is an operating system. It doesn't have a
>  Rene> clipboard. The clipboard is provided by desktop frameworks,
>  Rene> such as KDE or Gnome.
>  Rene> -- René Pijlman

> Actually, Linux is the kernel, and the full system is
> GNU/Linux, as RMS would hasten to point out. Isn't the
> clipboard a basic X component?

What you're calling "the clipboard" is several basic X
components.  More accurately there is no such thing in X as
"the clipboard".  The "selection" mechanism in X is rather
complicated and can only partially be made to resemble "a
clipboard" in the traditional MacOS sense of the word.

Some desktop environments have implimented something more akin
to the MacOS "clipboard", but AFAICT that's another layer on
top of the basic selection mechanisms provided by X

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