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Left-down-clicking in xterms starts the selection of something to be copy-pasted.

Double-left clicking selects a word.

Triple-left clicking selects a line.

All this works under unity in 11.04. However, there is no way to copy-paste that selection to another place: The right-click menu shows paste disabled, and middle-clicking to copy-paste does not work.

So how can I copy a selection from an xterm into another place? I am happy with any method to perform this.

(I am using the default-installation no special configuration so far)

Edit: Same problem with xedit

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It totally depends on your DE and terminal. –  hbdgaf Jan 9 '13 at 0:47
    
@AbrahamVanHelpsing: I am using the default-installation, should have said this... –  false Jan 9 '13 at 1:05
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After selecting, you need to copy, then only can you paste. Just mentioning it because the way the question is written, it appears you want to go straight from select to paste. In other words, select with left-click, copy from the right-click menu, and paste from the right-click menu. –  user25656 Jan 9 '13 at 1:42
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Are you using XTerm? (the software) or are you referring to Gnome Terminal as XTerm?. –  Uri Herrera Jan 9 '13 at 2:01
    
@vasa1: But after the left-click selection, the right-click paste is still disabled! –  false Jan 9 '13 at 2:48

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Use middle click or shift+insert

see X Window selection

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Middle click did not work, nor did Shift-Insert (which I have never heard of, but I tried). E.g., I try to copy-paste something into the text-box I am just writing... –  false Jan 9 '13 at 0:52
    
X has two clipboards if you select something in xterm, it will goto the cut buffers, in which case you can paste with middle click or shift+insert. which is not the same concept as copy an paste. –  strings Jan 9 '13 at 0:56
    
I added a link to help explain the X 11 selection process. –  strings Jan 9 '13 at 0:58
    
Thank you. But how do I now get under unity a text from an xterm into another app. Previously, (I used karmic), I simply used middle click as you suggest. But now, under unity, or 11.04; neither middle-click nor shift-insert works. –  false Jan 9 '13 at 1:03
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if shift+insert does work either, then we can rule out its your mouse. are you using some clipboard manager. xsel or something like that? –  strings Jan 9 '13 at 3:27

A similar issue is discussed here. As "strings" pointed out:

X has two clipboards if you select something in xterm, it will goto the cut buffers, in which case you can paste with middle click or shift+insert. which is not the same concept as copy an paste.

Copy/paste within xterm worked for me but not to an application outside, example gedit. As per the link above, I installed parcellite and that fixed the problem,

sudo apt-get install parcellite

Update: If "paste" does not work with "shift-insert", then use the middle mouse button or if you do not have one click both the left and right buttons simultaneously to paste.

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+1 for click both buttons to paste. –  Chris K Jan 14 at 9:22

See here for an explanation of paste problems with xterms and modern apps/window managers: http://www.davidsimmons.com/soft/xtermhacks/#copynpaste

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eric Carvalho May 21 '13 at 0:13

I have otherwise useful Glipper clipboard manager running on 12.04.
If I select xterm characters, they appear in a new Glipper's entry.
If I select that entry (button) among that succession, the next paste will come from it and paste those characters into any application.

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