alternative to xwinclip

Igor Pechtchanski
Fri Apr 25 14:16:00 GMT 2003

On Fri, 25 Apr 2003, J S wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if there is an opensource alternative to xwinclip?
> We have one X application where for some reason, I can't copy text
> from(using -clipboard) directly to windows. Instead, I have to copy and
> paste to an xterm first, and then copy the same text again from that xterm,
> before being able to paste it into windows. Unfortunately this method
> doesn't always work because, if you try to copy a shellscript and paste that
> into an xterm, it then tries to run that script! The users here also report
> that sometimes the paste doesn't paste all the text that was copied.
> I would really like to find a solution to this, as its blocking the use of
> XFree at my work. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Many thanks,
> JS.

This is not a solution, but a workaround that'll allow you to paste into
an xterm: run "cat >/dev/null" first.  Then paste into "cat", select and
paste into Windows, then press Ctrl-C to get out of "cat".  If this is a
frequent problem, you might want to simply keep the xterm around with
"cat" running, and use that for all your pastes.
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