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

Bobbie Sellers bliss at sfo.com
Wed Oct 27 08:00:18 PDT 2010

On 10/27/2010 02:40 AM, Grant Bowman wrote:
> Not sure if this helps, but parcellite is a gnome clipboard manager.
> I don't think it's installed by default.
> Grant

     It is a great improvement if not the answer to the problems Alex and
myself raised.
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:18 AM, Bobbie Sellers<bliss at sfo.com>  wrote:
>> 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.
>>     later
>>     bliss
>>> 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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