speeding up a paste operation

Lee ler762@gmail.com
Sun Aug 26 12:52:00 GMT 2018

On 8/25/18, Frank Redeker  wrote:
> Am 25.08.2018 um 02:10 schrieb Lee:
>> On 8/24/18, James Darnley wrote:
>>> On 2018-08-25 01:30, Lee wrote:
>>>> In retrospect, I should have created the file some other way, but
>>>> still..
>>>> - grab the top 1M hosts from from
>>>> http://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/umbrella-static/index.html
>>>> - open w/ libreoffice
>>>> - select the host name column, right click & select copy (all 1 million
>>>> lines)
>>>> - (mintty 2.9.0 window already open) vi /tmp/hosts
>>>> - i  (get into insert mode)
>>>> - right click (which I have set to "paste")
>>>> data is still scrolling by & it's not even up to 100K lines yet :(
>>>> Is there some way to make a paste operation faster in mintty (or vim
>>>> or whatever the slowpoke is)?
>>> There's a utility called getclip which put the clipboard onto stdout.
>>> Direct that into a file and you should get the same result, excluding
>>> Vim's indentation.  Probably doesn't use the tty in anyway.
>> Is getclip different from
>>   cat > /tmp/hosts
>>   <right-click to paste in the 1M lines>
>> at least 'cat > /tmp/hosts' that goes faster than I can read.  But
>> while that's running I can open notepad, paste the 1M lines in there,
>> save to \cygwin\tmp\doshosts, open another mintty window & dos2unix
>> /tmp/doshosts -- all that before the <right-click paste> finishes :(
>> Thanks,
>> Lee
>Hi Lee,
> what about 'cp /dev/clipbord /tmp/hosts'?

Much better!  That takes about the same time as pasting into notepad,
so I'm guessing that's about as fast as I can expect.

but I need to convert line endings:
$ file hosts.txt
hosts.txt: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators


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