Clipman panel plugin incorrectly remembering mouse selections

Cottrell, Allin cottrell at
Thu May 25 18:15:33 CEST 2023

On Thu, May 25, 2023 at 11:33 AM Guido Falsi <mad at> wrote:
> On 25/05/23 16:41, Matt Connell wrote:
> > On Thu, 2023-05-25 at 16:16 +0200, Guido Falsi wrote:
> >> AFAIK the selection buffer is something X11 does, cannot be disabled by
> >> clients (maybe there is an Xorg/Xserver configuration or option, never
> >> checked). I guess clipman is only displaying what gets put in there by Xorg.
> >
> > Interesting.  I didn't even know this was an X11... I guess its a
> > feature, based on some reading, and a very old one at that.  It sounds
> > like absolute madness to me; why would a user assume any highlighted
> > text would be copied?
> If I remember correctly this feature was implemented long before the now
> common "crtl-c/crtl-v" clipboard history system was invented. At the
> time (My guess this happened around the en of the 80s) someone clearly
> thought it was a good idea.

It's an excellent idea. Mouse swipe to copy, middle-mouse to paste is
so much more efficient than futzing with control keys!

Allin Cottrell
Department of Economics
Wake Forest University

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