Windows clipboard and Emacs yank, kill-region, and kill-ring-save

Ken Brown
Sun Aug 19 23:22:00 GMT 2012

On 8/19/2012 5:18 PM, Ken Jackson wrote:
> On 08/19/2012 03:54 PM, Ken Brown wrote:
>> On 8/19/2012 2:50 PM, Ken Jackson wrote:
>>> I have this in my ~/.emacs file on both Linux and Cygwin:
>>> (setq x-select-enable-clipboard t)
>>> I see in the news file that it's now set by default.
>>> It has always worked in graphical emacs but has never
>>> worked in a terminal on either Linux or Cygwin.
>>> But I sure would like it to work in a terminal.  Are you
>>> able to paste clipboard text in emacs in a terminal?
>> When I run emacs in mintty, I can paste clipboard text with Shift-Insert.
>> Ken
> Ah!  That works!  Thank you.
> But there are still a couple problems.
> 1) Shift-Insert is a huge improvement, but is still a little
>     clunky.  I'd like to tie it to Shift-Ctrl-Y, but when I
>     press CTRL-h Shift-Insert, the *Help* window cryptically
>     reports, "T runs the command self-insert-command".  What
>     command is actually running?

"T" was probably the first character of the text you pasted.  I think 
it's mintty that processes the Shift-Insert; emacs never sees it.

> 2) How can I go the other way--copy from emacs in a terminal
>     to the Windows clipboard?

Select it with the mouse.  Again, it's mintty that's doing the copying 
here; emacs doesn't see the mouse operations.


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