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How to use the selections (clipboards)

- Lahwaacz: "There are more than 2 selections"

Yes, but only two of them are relevant for the user.

>Of the three selections, users should only be concerned with PRIMARY and CLIPBOARD.

- Lahwaacz: "nothing is copied anywhere until it is pasted"

Saying that the content is "copied to the clipboard" is a common phrase. Google "Copy to clipboard" yields 23,600,000 results. We should make use of a common phrase instead of dismissing the term because the implementation avoids copying until the last moment.

This section was supposed to explain how the clipboard is used. How it is implemented would go into the background section. One could add that "*actually* nothing is copied..." later on.

-- Teateawhy (talk) 23:49, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

The misuse of the "copy to clipboard" phrase has important practical implications. If you e.g. select some word in a terminal window, close the terminal and then want to paste it somewhere else, it won't work because the terminal is gone and the text has not been copied anywhere. This is the same for both X11 selections and it is completely irrelevant if some other OS does it differently. Clipboard managers might change this behaviour as they like, I don't know. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 09:21, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
I actually never realized that. Very good point, Lahwaacz! -- Ambrevar (talk) 13:16, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
Ping, should the section be changed based on above discussion? --Fengchao (talk) 09:59, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
I've reworked the section, so this can be probably closed. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 18:51, 17 December 2017 (UTC)


  "In X10, "cut buffers" were introduced."

- (WTF) What the X10 is? (hyperlink should be added) MentalMutant (talk) 15:50, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

See e.g. wikipedia:X Window System#Origin and early development (unfortunately does not mention "cut buffers", so can't be used as a reference). -- Lahwaacz (talk) 16:01, 20 December 2015 (UTC)