It seems like I have two clipboards in Ubuntu?

  • Text piece one: copy/insert via mouse context menu
  • Text piece two: copy/insert via ctrl+c / shift+insert

How comes and where are configuration options for this?

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Yes, on Linux you have two of them, with a slight correction to what you noticed:

  • you have the PRIMARY selection: select something with the mouse, and you can paste it by pressing the middle button (or the left and right buttons at once)
  • and there is the CLIPBOARD selection that is similar to the clipboard on Windows and mac, using the Copy (Crtl+C), Cut (Ctrl+X) and Paste (Ctrl+V) keyboard shortcuts or menu commands (note that in a terminal, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V have other meaning, so you have to press Shift as well).


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