Is it normal that text in the clipboard gets lost?

Kevin Krammer krammer at
Wed Jun 5 18:40:08 BST 2013

On Wednesday, 2013-06-05, Nikos Chantziaras wrote:
> 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?

Sounds like your session is not running klipper.

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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