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Weird text highlighting / cut & paste problems
- From: "Wallace, Steve" <Steve dot Wallace at chartisinsurance dot com>
- To: "cygwin-xfree at cygwin dot com" <cygwin-xfree at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2010 12:37:27 +0100
- Subject: Weird text highlighting / cut & paste problems
- Reply-to: cygwin-xfree at cygwin dot com
Just seen my post in the mailing list - Not easy to read
This should be better
I have just upgraded my Cygwin/X installation on Windows XP SP3 from the pre-release
1.7 to 1.7.5-1 and am now having problems with cut and paste.
I am starting Cygwin using the following commands :
CYGWIN="server" XWin -nodecoration -silent-dup-error &
# Make sure XWin is ready to accept connections before proceeding
while (( $(checkX -d $DISPLAY -t 12) )) ; do
# Start the urxvt server
/usr/bin/urxvtd -q -f -o
# Start the Window manager
However when I attempt to highlight text within a urxvt session using a double click
to select a word or click and hold while dragging the cursor the text drops the
highlight when I release the mouse button and nothing appears to be placed on the
This gives the following errors :
winClipboardWindowProc - timed out waiting for WIN_XEVENTS_NOTIFY
winClipboardFlushXEvents - SelectionRequest - GetClipboardData () failed: 00002733
If I try to cut and paste to a MS application only the last MS clipboard contents are
pasted. If I try to paste the contents of the MS clipboard to a urxvt window nothing is
pasted If I try to paste any text into a gvim editor window it causes the gvim to hang
which then has to be killed.
Now for the strange bits:
After a period of time, maybe an hour, a selection will stay highlighted for about
5 seconds which Will allow it to be pasted any number of times using the middle mouse
button to any application, under Cygwin/X using focus follows mouse or MS Windows,
while it is highlighted. When the highlighing is dropped then the previous problems
re-occur, ie nothing will be pasted and it will again cause gvim to hang.
When it fails to paste it give the following error :
winClipboardFlushXEvents - SelectionRequest - GetClipboardData () failed: 0000058a
After yet more time, about 2 hours after starting Cygwin, the problem appears to
have vanished completely and text will highlight correctly and paste to any application
using the middle mouse button under Cygwin or <C-v> under Windows.
Even when the highlighted text is de-selected by a single mouse click the item can
still be pasted successfully.
Before upgrading, from the pre-release 1.7 to 1.7.5-1, occasionly text would not
stay highlighted but this could normally be corrected by shutting down Cygwin/X
and restarting. This has not been successful since updating.
Any ideas on what is happening and what I may be able to try to correct the issue
would be appreciated
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