Basic clipboard functionality is storing data and allowing to access it, just like memory functions in calculators. For advanced functionalities use "clipboard-manager" tag.

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How do I disable middle mouse button click paste?

Is there a way to disable the middle mouse button paste behavior that is here by default on gnome? I have a sensitive mouse wheel and whenever I scroll texts, sometimes it pastes stuff randomly into ...
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How to copy & paste from Ubuntu VirtualBox guest to Windows host?

I am running VirtualBox 4.1.4 on my Windows 7 laptop, running an Ubuntu 11.10 guest. I would like to copy text from Ubuntu's terminal and paste it into a file on the Windows host. This doesn't work ...
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A command-line clipboard copy and paste utility?

In Windows I used command-line clipboard copy-and-paste utilities... pclip.exe and gclip.exe These were UnixUtils ports for Windows (but they only handled plain text). There were a couple of ...
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What is the command line equivalent of copying a file to clipboard?

What is the command line equivalent to pressing CTRL+C over a file in the file manager so that the file (not the filename) is copied to the clipboard? A situation where this can be useful and fast, ...
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Making Ctrl+C copy text in gnome-terminal?

Is it possible for me to make Ctrl+C perform a copy command if there is highlighted text in the terminal? Otherwise, it should retain its normal behavior. (If there is a terminal that can do this ...
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Keyboard shortcut for pasting the primary selection

Is there a standard or conventional keyboard shortcut for pasting the primary selection? I'd like to select some text and go to another app to paste without trashing my clipboard contents. I'd ...
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How can I initiate Nautilus file operations from the command line?

How can I start Nautilus's "File Operations" GUI from the command line? My goal is to include this in a Nautilus script.
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How to fix virtualbox's copy and paste to host-machine?

Sometimes while using VirtualBox, I have tried copying text from the virtual machine to the host machine but failed. Whenever that happens, I fix it by rebooting the virtual machine. Is there a ...
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Why might I want to use a clipboard manager?

I recently saw this poll asking for the "Best Linux Clipboard Manager". What actually is a clipboard manager and in what situations would a clipboard manager be useful? Are there some differences in ...
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How do I pipe terminal standard output (stdout) to the clipboard?

For example, Say I want to list the contents of a folder and directly paste them into a chat window for a friend to see. I realize I could do ls > filename.txt to create a file (filename.txt) ...
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Progress bar in scp command

Is there any way to display a progress bar while copying from server to local using scp(or vice versa)
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Putty-like copy/paste

For ages I've been using Putty when working with *nix servers, and I really got used to it's copy&paste method: select, left-click - for copy, just right-click - for paste. How can I set Ubuntu ...
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Why is Ubuntu's clipboard so hit and miss?

I find that a lot of the time if I copy some text for example and then close the window being copied from, the paste function does not paste anything. I've noticed this in Ubuntu 9.04 right up until ...
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How to efficiently send text entered on the command line to the system clipboard without using the mouse?

Say I've typed the following long command into the command line $ some very long command that I want to copy to the clipboard How can I get this onto the system clipboard efficiently? I'm using ...
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Getting a graphic on the clipboard to the disk?

I have a graphic on the clipboard on ubuntu. What's the quickest way to get it onto disk as a png or jpg?
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How to copy/paste text from remote system?

I used to access a remote system via VNC viewer, but when I copy some text from the remote system and paste it in my text editor(local system), nothing happens. Do I need to install any additional ...
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How to copy only file attributes (metadata) without actual content of the file?

I've already copied terabytes of files with rsync but I forgot to use --archive to preserve files' special attributes. I tried executing rsync again this time with --archive but it was way slower ...
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How to copy files into /usr/local/? (permission denied)

I'm still a little new to Ubuntu and was wondering how I can copy files, in this case Aptana Studio, to /usr/local/ without being denied. Is there a way to do it in terminal? Or a way to allow ...
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Backup files with rsync: error 23

I'm trying to make a backup of my /home to transfer all data from one computer to another. I wanted to save the backup on the same computer and than transfere it to another one. For safety reasons, ...
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How do I copy the whole history of the clipboard to a text file?

I would like to paste my whole clipboard history consisting of words copied (Ctrl+C/by selection) during my reading sessions. I installed programs like Glippy and ClipIt but I couldn't figure out how ...
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How to copy data between different instances of vim?

If I use the first vim to copy a line (with yy), how do I paste to another terminal's vim (with p)? Is there any command or settings can do it? Can I copy and paste into the global system clipboard? ...
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How to copy/paste text without formatting by default?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and I find it annoying that by default the copy/paste functionality also pastes the text format. Most of the time when I copy/paste text I only want to paste the ascii text ...
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How to pause/resume transfer of large files?

I recently had to copy about 20 GB of data split between about 20 files from my laptop to an external hard drive. Since this operation takes quite a while (at ~560kb/s), I was wondering if there was ...
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How can I copy/paste files via RDP in Kubuntu?

I recently installed the latest Kubuntu (x64) on my work machine as I am trying to migrate away from Windows. Unfortunately I use RDP very frequently to connect to customer's servers and need to be ...
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Copy-and-paste is often corrupted

I have ubuntu 10.10 with the 64-bit desktop version. When I copy-and-paste into any window, including firefox, terminal, java swing app, remote desktop, often I get 4 random letters (a 32-bit value?) ...
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Replacement for DOS xcopy command

In DOS there's the command xcopy /s *.mp3 ..\TEMP2 How can I do this in Ubuntu? cp -r *.mp3 ../TEMP2 will copy recursively all mp3 files, unfortunately without the path because of the *.mp3 ...
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How do you know when to use SHIFT+INSERT vs CTRL-V vs right-click-paste to paste?

Some times I copy something to the clipboard, and it doesn't paste with Shift+Insert, but with Ctrl+V or right-click paste. The behavior seems confusing and a bit unpredictable. Is there some logic ...
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Resume interrupted copy

I'm backing up an old hard drive and copying about 300GB of files. It had about 50GB left when I got a kernel panic and now I want to resume the copying. Is there a way to do this in Ubuntu? (A don't ...
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Why does Samba always time-out whilst copying a large file off a network share?

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (natty), kernel 2.6.38-8-generic, GNOME 2.32.1. EDIT: As of 3 April 2012 I'm now on kernel 2.6.38-13-generic (still same Ubuntu and GNOME). The problem still persists. I ...
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Copy terminal result from one window to another

I often have many terminals open when working (GNOME Terminal 3.4.1.1, Bash). Quite often I need to copy the results of one terminal into another. An common scenario: terminalA> pwd ...
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Why can't i paste anything under the /usr/ folder?

I just wanted to install a theme for the start up screen and I have to copy some files over here to /usr/share/kde4/apps/ksplash/Themes/. But the answer i get is: Access denied. Could not write to ...
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Not able to copy files to USB

Recently I am encountering a problem while copying files to Pen drives. The copying as it reaches the end it stalls and continues for a long time. The problem occurs at the end of copying. Can anybody ...
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How to use a common clipboard for vim and Unity?

On my mac I solved the problem this way: :set clipboard=unnamed On my debian I use the + clipboard: :set clipboard=unnamedplus However the methods above don't work on my Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity ...
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How do I Copy one file to many subfolders?

It sounds like a simple question but if it was I wouldn't be asking it. I can obviously do this by opening all the folders in nautilus and pasting each one individually but the computer is the robot ...
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How can I share my clipboard between two X servers?

I've recently set up my Ubuntu machine so that I run another X session in pty8. I mostly run virtual machines or remote desktop sessions on this other X server, which helps mediate some of the ...
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How can I copy a file to a new location, creating the directory as well

I want to cp a file to another directory but that directory doesn't exist yet. So I would do: mkdir /new_place cp the_file /new_place Can I do this in one? I imagine something like cp the_file -m ...
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How do I integrate Byobu's copy-buffer with the X clipboard?

I want to be able to copy and paste between Byobu and Firefox without having to use a mouse. I could write the copy buffer to a file and open that file with Gedit but I was wondering if there was a ...
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Looking for a script/tool for moving files and subfolders to directory by year

I got a lot of data over the years, and I'm looking for a tool that can get a folder name and then move all the files to subfolders by year, like: 2005 2006 2007 etc.. Anyone knows something or ...
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Large file Copy speed issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copy to USB memory stick really slow? I have looked at the various email regarding speed of copying large files and it has been coming on for a long time. I have a USB ...
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Command Line Clipboard Access

I'm building a command line tool in order to make some of my tasks more efficient. I need to be able to write content to the clipboard, but for some reason it's not working for me. I've tried ...
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cp command process info

Is there any specific package for cp command which shows the process of being copied. I'm wondering if there is any package cp which shows additional information that what has been copied and what ...
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Is there any utility like the Windows program smartcopy?

It should help me pause copying, so I dont have to wait for each copy to finish. Basic googling didnt help out. The windows equivalent is Teracopy, or Fastcopy. I need the application to be GUI ...
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Using Terminal I want to copy some files

Assuming I'm not in my home directory, I want to copy all the files starting with "a" from my home directory to my current directory. I've tried cp ~ a* . and different variations of that but it ...
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copy from main system and paste in vbox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to copy & paste from Ubuntu to Windows? How can i copy the information from my main Ubuntu system and paste that information in the VirtualBox System ? I have ...
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Reliable clipboard manager

There are many clipboard managers available. The first one I used, I found out if messes clipboard history if clipboard contents was multiline - which I found to be very lame and naive Second one ...
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Is there a copy handling progam available that can queue, pause and resume?

Is there a copy handling progam available for ubuntu? Something similar to Copy Handler on Windows which can queue, pause and resume files being copied?
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How to disable automatic copy when selecting text from the keyboard?

I've noticed that in Ubuntu 13.10 selecting text with the keyboard automatically copies it to the clipboard. I don't mind this behavior with the mouse so much, but with the keyboard it really drives ...
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How to gain a permission for copy/pasting for system folders?

I've been using Windows OS before, and it's a bit hard for me copying and pasting to Ubuntu's system folders so. If i drag file or folder into File system folders, I'm getting "permission denied" ...
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Copy paste buffer configuration best practices

There are two copy/paste buffers in Ubuntu: ctrl+c, ctrl+v and alt+ins, shift+ins mouse select and click on selected text. That buffers often appears to mix up, and second buffer doesn't work in ...
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How to migrate the whole system to a new machine?

I use ubuntu to deal with daily job. Now I buy a new laptop, and I want to migrate my whole system(programs, packages, data, settings, etc) to the new machine. I know I can copy my home folder to new ...