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Re: X11 primary selection availability


Hi all,

this is Hella (mentioned by mc). I use Linux Mint Maya (based long-term support version Ubuntu Precise) with Cinnamon.

For me, mouse copy (mark, then insert by middle click) into zim ...

1) works when marking something somewhere outside of zim (e.g., terminal, vim, browser) then change to zim and directly use the middle button on the already opened page
2) does *not* work within zim, e.g., marking something on a page, then middle click somewhere on the same page won't insert anything
3) does *not* work when marking something outside of zim, then go to zim, format something first, for example use 'Strg+2' to make a headline or change to another page, then press the middle button somewhere -> nothing

So it seems when I am already in zim, the buffer is never filled. When I am outside of zim, the buffer is filled, but emptied when doing something in zim like formatting a headline or change to another page.

I never experienced problems with the mouse copy anywhere else on Linux besides zim.

Best wishes,

On 01/12/16 09:23, mc wrote:
(I hope hope this is the right way to post to a mailing list!!)

As another datapoint, I have the same problem
in Zim on kde in Kubuntu 14.04 on multiple machines.
I notice that Hella Reide raised the same problem 19/May this year,
but I didn't see any reply or solution.

Middle-click works correctly in everything else.

For me, and I suspect for Hella
middle-click works within the same Zim page
and it works pasting from Zim to an outside kate/kwrite page,
but when you try to paste into another Zim page
nothing happens,
AND the buffer is cleared.

How do I know the buffer is cleared?
Because after trying to paste to another Zim page,
I can no longer paste to an external kate/kwrite page.

I don't think this is Jaap's problem - it is very platform specific.
But I have been trying to find a solution for a few year
and haven’t found one yet.


On 2016-12-01 02:16, Chris Habasinski wrote:

Works for me too - xubuntu 16.04

On 11/30/2016 12:58 PM, Steffen Schuldenzucker wrote:

Hi Marco,

this works for me (ubuntu, xmonad/LXDE) without any problems.
(just to point out that it's not broken for /everyone/ /all/ the time)

Best, Steffen

On 11/30/16 02:09, arkilho arkilho wrote:
Hello everybody,
this is Marco from Italy, just subscribed with the purpose of asking
you whether there is some internal use of the primary selection that
forbids me (and maybe some of us) to just paste the selected text by
middle mouse click.
This is the good (or at least simple) old cutbuffer, now became X11
primary selection.

I use Debian Jessie with XFCE4, and Zim is my most useful way of
storing my infos, and the primary selection to middle click is my
most useful and fast way to cut&paste, expecially from terminals
like rxvt, but also from firefox selected text..

Did you ever missed this?
Do you have something to suggest me that differs from (for ex)
"throw xfce, use gnome, and write gsettings set
org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse middle-button-enabled true"

As far as I've seen until now, except from some virtual machines,
Zim is really the only software I use that cannot benefit from this
nice feature, so I'm at least wondering if there are some constrains
that will break Zim, internals, boh

Thank you!

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