[SOLVED] Slackware 14.1: copy/paste with Vim in Xfce Terminal
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Slackware 14.1: copy/paste with Vim in Xfce Terminal
I'm running Slackware64 14.1 + Xfce on my main workhorse PC. I've noticed an annoying change in Vim's behaviour, or maybe it's Xfce's terminal. I can't seem to copy/paste text from another application into Vim. Right now I have Firefox open, and I want to copy/paste text from a webpage into Vim. There's no way to do this.
Location: Northeastern Michigan, where Carhartt is a Designer Label
Distribution: Slackware 32- & 64-bit Stable
It works for me (64-bit, 14.1, Xfce). I just highlight a bunch of text in some other window, do insert in vim, center click and there it is (sometimes I do have to right click in the source and copy then right click and paste in vim, though, don't know why that is).
I do that sort of thing all the time between Google search and Google Translate then copy-paste into the editor without any problem. The only thing that's goofy now an again is that because I always have autoindent set in ~/.exrc and that can get messy but otherwise no problems.
If you're trying to use 'p' or 'P' to paste from the clipboard ("+) into Vim running in the terminal window, you'll need to rebuild Vim to be X-aware by removing the --without-x option in vim.SlackBuild. That is, replace
This doesn't answer your question, but just some information on how I handle it....
I find that keyboard commands sometimes don't work when copying from a graphics application and pasting into VIM. If I use COPY from the EDIT menu found in most graphic applications, then use the PASTE selection of the EDIT menu in the Xfce Terminal Emulator it works 99%-100% of the time.
Before I paste into VIM I open a new line for input ('o' command) then do the paste.
I don't copy/paste very many times a week so this process works for me. Because I'm using this "window menu based solution" I haven't noticed any changes that may have occurred in the last couple of years. I'm currently using Slack64-14.0.
EDIT: You may want to try the copy/paste on different web pages in case the problem is just with one site. I believe a web page can be constructed to make text unselectable. For example, the old trick of placing a single transparent pixel on top of an item on the page.
Last edited by TracyTiger; 01-03-2014 at 11:28 AM.
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