[sf-lug] GNOME cut/paste/delete issue

Bobbie Sellers bliss at sfo.com
Tue Oct 26 20:40:41 PDT 2010

On 10/26/2010 05:23 PM, Alex Stahl wrote:
> Hi Folks - Wondering if anyone's seen this problem, and if they might 
> know a solution:
> Env:
> -Ubuntu 10.04
> -GNOME 2.30.2 (incl.)
> If I cut a section of text (highlight, then ctrl-x), then highlight & 
> delete (via Delete key) another piece of text, then paste (ctrl-v), I 
> get the deleted text, not the cut text.  I'm blaming GNOME since it 
> happens between various independent apps.  I could perform the cut in 
> gedit, and the delete in netbeans, and the paste in an email, and I 
> get the same results.  Oh, and it doesn't happen 100% of the time.
> I haven't changed any mappings or keyboard shortcuts, and have even 
> triple-checked various preferences to ensure I hadn't accidentially 
> enabled this somehow or been pranked by IT.  Nope, everything's 
> default and nothing I can find indicates that this behavior is enabled.
> I'll spare the list my rant about how offensive this is, both to a 
> user and to the linux philosophy (why is 'delete' doing two things and 
> acting like cut?!?); suffice to say it's driving me nuts.  Has anyone 
> observed this and/or have any ideas on how to fix it?
> Thanks,
> Alex
     I have noticed that clipboard in Gnome is far less versatile than 
in KDE,
     In KDE you can directly access the contents and deliberately erase
all of the entries.
     I don't see anyway to change this behavior though I will keep looking.
     This clipboard is about as good as the one in AmigaOS 1.3 which didn't
noticeably improve by AOS 3.9.

      However for a work-around you might try selecting the text you
wish to replace then doing the paste directly into the selected area.
     This works for me and seems to keep the replaced text out
of the clipboard.


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