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xclipboard - X clipboard client
xclipboard [ -toolkitoption ... ] [ -w ] [ -nw ]
The xclipboard program is used to collect and display text selections
that are sent to the CLIPBOARD by other clients. It is typically used to
save CLIPBOARD selections for later use. It stores each CLIPBOARD selection
as a separate string, each of which can be selected. Each time CLIPBOARD
is asserted by another application, xclipboard transfers the contents
of that selection to a new buffer and displays it in the text window.
Buffers are never automatically deleted, so you'll want to use the delete
button to get rid of useless items.
Since xclipboard uses a Text Widget to display the contents of the
clipboard, text sent to the CLIPBOARD may be re-selected for use in other
applications. xclipboard also responds to requests for the CLIPBOARD
selection from other clients by sending the entire contents of the currently
An xclipboard window has the following buttons across the top:
The xclipboard program accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line options as well as the following:
- When this button is pressed, xclipboard exits.
- When this button is pressed, the current buffer is deleted and the next one displayed.
- Creates a new buffer with no contents. Useful in constructing a new CLIPBOARD selection by hand.
- Displays a File Save dialog box.
Displays a File Save dialog box. Pressing the Accept button saves the currently displayed buffer to the file specified in the text field.
- Displays the next buffer in the list.
- Displays the previous buffer.
In order to specify resources, it is useful to know the hierarchy of
the widgets which compose \fIxclipboard\fR. In the notation below,
indentation indicates hierarchical structure. The widget class name
is given first, followed by the widget instance name.
- This option indicates that lines of text that are too long to be displayed on
one line in the clipboard should wrap around to the following lines.
- This option indicates that long lines of text should not wrap around. This is the default behavior.
Text is copied to the clipboard whenever a client asserts ownership of the
CLIPBOARD selection. Text is copied from the clipboard whenever a
client requests the contents of the CLIPBOARD selection. Examples of
event bindings that a user may wish to include in a resource configuration file to use the clipboard are:
*VT100.Translations: #override \
<Btn3Up>: select-end(CLIPBOARD) \n\
<Btn2Up>: insert-selection(PRIMARY,CLIPBOARD) \n\
<Btn2Down>: ignore ()
individual client documentation for how to make a selection and send it to the CLIPBOARD.
- to get the default host and display number.
- to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
Ralph R. Swick, DEC/MIT Project Athena
- specifies required resources.
Chris D. Peterson, MIT X Consortium
Keith Packard, MIT X Consortium
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