Clipman panel plugin incorrectly remembering mouse selections

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Sat May 27 08:14:34 CEST 2023

On Thu, 2023-05-25 at 17:11 +0200, Markus Hönicka wrote:
> Presumably because this is how copying with the mouse has always
> worked in X11? Mark something with the left mouse button, paste it
> somewhere else with the middle button.


this feature is still available when using but the selected text
isn't in parcellite's history.

Ctrl+C or Ctrl+X or from a terminal Shift+Ctrl+C or ROXTerm's
Shift+Ctrl+Y (Shift+Ctrl+Y is for copy & paste by one step) or any of
those options by a right click menu or menu or related command line
command make it into parcellite's history.

Available as package by official repos
and probably by other distro's official repos, too.

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.

" describes the two main selections as follows:

    Used for the currently selected text, even if it is not explicitly
copied, and for middle-mouse-click pasting. In some cases, pasting is
also possible with a keyboard shortcut.
    Used for explicit copy/paste commands involving keyboard shortcuts
or menu items. Hence, it behaves like the single-clipboard system on
Windows. Unlike PRIMARY, it can also handle multiple data formats."


PS: I autostart parcellite with the "-n" option. Alternatively you can
start it via

  xfce4-appfinder --collapsed

by launching

  parcellite -n

but ensure that no other clipboard manager is running before starting

Ctrl+Alt+H shows the history
Ctrl+Alt+P shows the menu

I never used the "-p" option before. For testing purpose I've done it
right now, but the history still only contains clipboard content, no
primary content. After checking a primary option by the preferences, the
primary content is collected, too.

>From parcellite's help:

     parcellite [OPTION…]
   Clipboard CLI usage examples:
     echo "copied to clipboard" | parcellite
     parcellite "copied to clipboard"
     echo "copied to clipboard" | parcellite -c
   Help Options:
     -h, --help          Show help options
   Application Options:
     -n, --no-icon       Do not use status icon (Ctrl-Alt-P for menu)
     -c, --clipboard     Print clipboard contents
     -p, --primary       Print primary contents
     -v, --version       Display Version info

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