Is it normal that text in the clipboard gets lost?

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at
Wed Jun 5 18:03:20 BST 2013

There's something that always bugged me a bit with the clipboard.  I 
don't know whether it's a bug or intended behavior.  It goes like this: 
when I open an application, select some text in it, then copy it to the 
clipboard with Ctrl+C, then close the application and finally try to 
paste the text from the clipboard into somewhere else, there's nothing 
to copy.  At the moment I closed the application I copied the text from, 
the clipboard contents die.

This is surprising, since "copying to the clipboard", at least on every 
other OS I'm using, really means "copying".  Even if the application the 
text came from goes away, the copied text is still in the clipboard.  Is 
this a bug?

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