Highlighting and pasting problems between xterm windows

Alexander Gottwald alexander.gottwald@s1999.tu-chemnitz.de
Wed Jul 7 08:13:00 GMT 2004

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004, David wrote:

> Greetings,
> Sometimes when I highlight text in xterm window A and attempt to paste
> it in xterm window B, window A dies.  Other times, window A doesn't
> die, but when I go to paste in window B, nothing gets pasted.  And
> sometimes it seems to work correctly.

This is a very strange behaviour which I've never noticed before. A xclient 
should never die in clipboard operations. There must be something really 
garbled on your system.
> If I highlight something at the top of an xterm window and then
> execute "clear" (i.e., you can't scroll back to find the highlighted
> text), when I go to paste it, nothing is in the buffer.

I could not reproduce this. clear did not reset the scrollbuffer for me.
> If I select a font using xfontsel and go to an xterm window and try to
> change the window's font using ctrl and the right mouse button and
> choosing "Selection" I can't change the font.  It's as if there was
> nothing in the buffer.

I've just tried with xterm from xorg 6.7.0 and from xfree 4.1.0. Both
allow setting the font in the described way. 

Is the font pastable? Mabye the selection is empty somehow.

Do you have other windows programs running? Maybe they are garbling the
windows/X11 integration.

What happens if you omit the -clipboard parameter to XWin startup?

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