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

Bobbie Sellers bliss at sfo.com
Tue Oct 26 22:18:56 PDT 2010

On 10/26/2010 08:49 PM, Alex Stahl wrote:
> Thanks for the suggestions.  Unfortunately, my cut/paste behavior is 
> pretty hardwired into my hands after far too many years on Windoze.  
> To its credit, that OS always performed that task exactly as expected 
> (of course, it has myriad other overwhelming drawbacks).
> Anyway, any chance you know which lib handles this behavior?  Maybe 
> I'll get ambitious and fix it myself.  Just wouldn't know which code 
> to look at in the first place.
> Thanks,
> Alex
     No chance at all that I know that information,  Did a brief search 
on the Global, Application-spanning
Clipboard and I find that it is working as it is supposed to do.  But I 
so far have found nothing in
the Gnome Help locally or on forums that covers that data.      I would 
suspect best to go
to find our what Gnome development is doing,

     Other than that I may check out the Kubuntu install with KDE 4.5.x 
and try to learn
about other matters there,  But Mandriva with the Gnome interface is 
adequate for
me at this point as long as i remember to clear the clipboard by copying 
a long
text after having sensitive material on it.  On KDE I used to simply 
open the
menu and clear it.


> On Oct 26, 2010 8:43 PM, "Bobbie Sellers" <bliss at sfo.com 
> <mailto:bliss at sfo.com>> wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > later
> > bliss

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