How can I cut and paste from xterm _into_ another program ? (NOTE - I am not an IDIOT)

Doug Poland doug at
Thu Oct 13 08:05:22 PDT 2005

On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 09:20:20AM -0500, Will Maier wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 03:11:29PM +0100, Spec wrote:
> > couldn't see if you got an answer to this but I just found out
> > that you can do it (in fedora/xfce anyway).
> This is a feature of the graphical environment (X windows), not the
> operating system or, AFAIK, the window manager.
> > You select text you want to copy in xterm, move focus to where you
> > want to paste it and then press mouse button 5 on my logitech
> > mouse, so just press all mouse buttons on your mouse, one will
> > probably/possibly (at a guess) paste text.
> The traditional binding is 'Mouse 3', which often is the scroll
> wheel or both left and right buttons pressed simultaneously. This
> may differ depending on the mouse.

<SHIFT><INSERT> also works quite nicely for pasting from the keyboard.


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