Getting text into the copy-paste buffer...

kdart keith.dart at
Tue Sep 5 21:18:30 CEST 2006

David Hirschfield wrote:
> Strange request, but is there any way to get text into the linux
> copy-paste buffer from a python script ?
> I know the standard python libraries won't have that functionality
> (except as a side-effect, perhaps?), but is there a simple trick that
> would do it on linux? A command line to get text into the buffer? Using
> a gui toolkit as a proxy to get text in there?

There's a utility called xclip that you can wrap with popen2 or
something similar. I use my own proctools:

	import proctools
	XCLIP = proctools.which("xclip")
	es, arg = proctools.getstatusoutput("%s -o -selection primary" %

"arg" has the X selection.

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