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In terminal a command has a too long output. But when I scroll back I see it is truncated and only the last part is shown. In Gnome-Terminal and Konsole I have this problem. In xterm there's not such problem but I cannot copy the output in xterm.

How can I get the complete output?

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I know in the xfce4-terminal there is a option to increase the number of lines shown:

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Aside from that there is what @Zelda64fan said.

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+1 Pipe and tee are not optimal as dont work on few cases like take in a HROOT 3NVIORTNM3NT – 22lk94k943 only Jun 1 '13 at 5:35

You could send the output to a file: command > file.txt (where command is the command you want to run and file.txt is the file you want to save it to) and then view it with gedit file.txt.

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Use xclip

cat long.output | xclip -sel clip

If not installed you can do

sudo apt-get install xclip
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If you don't need the entire output, you could pipe it through less: command | less. This would also save the bother of having to delete the file once you've reviewed the output.

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less output is pretty hard to copy. – Sparhawk Mar 11 '14 at 6:41

In xterm, autocopy on select should be the default. Try triple-clicking then use a middle mouse button (or emulated third button) to paste.

The same should work with other terminals, but you need to manually copy and paste.

There a many, many ways to do this. I like using script in some cases. Type 'script' from a command line to start it before you launch a command from the command line, then hit Ctrl-D to stop. If you don't specify a capture filename, 'typescript' is the default. Everything printed to the screen should be captured in the file.

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