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Gpm provides mouse support to text-based Linux applications like the Emacs editor and the Midnight Commander file management system. Gpm also provides console cut-and-paste operations using the mouse and includes a program to allow pop-up menus to appear at the click of a mouse button.
I'm okay with using the mouse to copy-paste from a terminal, but because the terminal might interpret characters differently I wanted to by-pass it completely, sort of like redirecting output to the clipboard. I guess there's no easy way to do this, otherwise google would have found something by now...
I'm familiar with redirection, the example I give in my first post is pretty straight-forward: I'm wondering if there is some series of shell commands that will allow me to easily redirect output to the clipboard.
i.e. say I have some text "bar" in file "foo.txt". Currently inorder to get these contents into the copy buffer I need to do something like "cat foo.txt" then copy-paste the console output. This is both tedious and prone to error as I discovered with certain non-ASCII data. So what I'd like to be able to do instead is directly insert something into the copy-buffer. The only solution I've found to do this is xclip, so I'm wondering if there are any, more native, alternatives.
Can you give an example of what you can't do; without posting "cat foo.txt > clipboard". What do you intend to do with what winds up in the clipboard?
The most classic example that I can come up with is how to copy text from a browser screen to a gnome terminal. In the browser, merely highlight and CTL-C, and in the terminal use "ALT-P". But, as others mentioned, this is a function of the gnome-terminal.
To be honest, the idea came from these forums when I wanted to post the output of various logs in pastebin. Gedit garbled some of them and high-lighting from the console seemed primitive, I just thought there would be a better way, like "cat foo.log > clipboard", go to pastebin, ctrl+v.