Re: copy from textadept and paste to xterm doesn't work

From: Scott Weisman <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 07:26:50 -0700 (PDT)

Here's a page with a nice explanation:


Many xterm users are frustrated because it is difficult to copy text
from an xterm and paste it into modern applications such as Firefox.
The root of the problem is that there are two different "selection
buffers" that are commonly used in the X Window System:

The "CLIPBOARD" selection buffer is used for the cut-and-paste
functions that most users are familiar with: Selecting the "cut",
"copy" or "paste" menu items from the application's "Edit" menu, or
using the corresponding CTRL-X, CTRL-C, or CTRL-V shortcut keys. This
selection buffer is the standard means of performing cut-and-paste
operations in most modern applications. However, this selection buffer
is unfortunately not used at all by xterm in the default

The "PRIMARY" selection buffer receives data when the user highlights
text with the mouse. The text in this buffer is pasted when the user
presses the middle mouse button in an application's text entry field.
This cut-and-paste buffer is a legacy function which new users are
generally not told about, in the interests of avoiding mass confusion.
Most modern applications support this buffer. This is the only buffer
used by xterm.
Received on Tue 22 Jun 2010 - 10:26:50 EDT

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