Is it normal that text in the clipboard gets lost?

Doug dmcgarrett at
Wed Jun 5 21:57:52 BST 2013

On 06/05/2013 04:39 PM, Nikos Chantziaras wrote:
> 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.
> ___________________________________________________
I'm the fellow who responded above "I just tested..."  Klipper doen't
appear in my file manager (Synaptic) but I have a help page for it. I 
don't know if it's built into the kernel in pclos, but it does not
show up anywhere. Certainly not in the PC Menu. The help page reads:

[doug at linux1 ~]$ klipper --help
Usage: klipper [Qt-options] [KDE-options]

KDE cut & paste history utility

Generic options:
   --help                    Show help about options
   --help-qt                 Show Qt specific options
   --help-kde                Show KDE specific options
   --help-all                Show all options
   --author                  Show author information
   -v, --version             Show version information
   --license                 Show license information
   --                        End of options

I don't know if this is any help to you. Whatever distro you're
running, maybe you should query the forum or mailing list for
that distro.


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