Is it normal that text in the clipboard gets lost?

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at
Wed Jun 5 20:00:07 BST 2013

On 05/06/13 21:47, Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Wednesday, 2013-06-05, Nikos Chantziaras wrote:
>> On 05/06/13 20:40, Kevin Krammer wrote:
>>> 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.
>> Hm, indeed.  I didn't even know that this is required.  I had disabled
>> klipper long time ago, because it puts an icon in the systray, which is
>> very annoying.  I suppose there's no way to tell it not to do that?
> This is configurable in the systray applet.

Yeah, if I do that the systray gets ugly, with that weird triangle, 
where I never remember what's in it to begin with.  It's the whole "do I 
currently have something running that's hidden in there?" feeling it 
gives me.  Guess I have to live with the scissors icon.

 From an architectural point of view, it would be more appropriate for 
klipper to be just the GUI to the clipboard, while the functionality of 
keeping the text around after the source app quits should have no 
representation in the systray.  Quitting klipper should only remove the 
icon, not the core functionality.

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