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I run into this often, as I edit a lot of text on Ubuntu, and sometimes instead of pressing the CTRL + V key to paste I press the CTRL + C key on the blank line I'm trying to paste on. What this does is very annoying, now my clipboard is overwritten with 'nothing'.

I don't know if it's now a blank character or what, but it's silly, I should still be able to keep what I had previously in the clipboard if I accidentally do a copy on a blank line.

How do I prevent this from happening?

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You could try using a Clipboard manager, several of them are listed here:

Not Sure if there is a way to disable that kind of behavior using one though.

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