Is it normal that text in the clipboard gets lost?

Nikos Chantziaras realnc at
Wed Jun 5 23:13:36 BST 2013

On 05/06/13 23:57, Doug wrote:
> 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.

If you do:

   ps aux | grep klipper

you'll probably find it's running already.  You'll get something that 
ends in:

   kdeinit4: klipper [kdeinit]

meaning it's running automatically when you login into KDE.

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