Is it normal that text in the clipboard gets lost?

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at
Wed Jun 5 21:39:53 BST 2013

On 05/06/13 23:33, Doug wrote:
> On 06/05/2013 01:03 PM, 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?
> I just tested this. I copied some of your email with ctrl-C. Then I
> closed Thunderbird. Then I opened Kate and pasted the text in. No sweat.
> I'm running KDE 4.10.1 on PCLinuxOS-32. Kernel is 3.2.18-pclos2.pae.bfs.

As pointed out by Kevin, it's because I didn't start klipper.  Without 
it running, text goes away when quitting the app the text was copied from.

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