no option to copy an email address in Firefox?

David Benfell benfell at
Wed Aug 20 01:19:47 UTC 2014

On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:01:29PM +0200, Polytropon wrote:
> On Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:35:35 -0700, David Benfell wrote:
> > When I right-click on an email address on my owncloud site, with the
> > intent of copying the address to use in mutt (via an ssh session), it
> > brings up an application dialog. If I hit cancel on the application
> > dialog, I do not have the option to copy the email address.
> You could try to use the edito buffer presemt in X (and
> independent from Firefox and mutt): Select the text with
> the left mouse button (or doubleclick at the address, it
> should be selected now), then switch focus to the terminal
> running mutt, and press the middle mouse button - the
> selected text should now appear. Make sure that the cursor
> is in the correct input field, usually there is no mouse
> support for positioning the cursor prior to output. This
> should work for ssh, as it "emulates keystrokes" and therefore
> doesn't rely on ^C / ^V buffering.
> Note: If you don't have a mouse with three buttons, but
> a mouse wheel, press down the wheel. If your mouse has
> only two buttons, press both.
> I'm using this method regularly to copy text into and out
> of different programs and windows. Needless to say, I have
> a real 3-button mouse. :-)
Generally, I have a very good four-button trackball mouse (so the
middle button is actually upper left). It's only when I'm on the road
and have no place to set up that trackball that I might be reduced to
the awful touchpad and it's awful two buttons.

There's something weird about owncloud that doesn't allow you to swipe
that way (and owncloud is where I keep all my contact information).
It's possible to get it by actually opening up the contact, but this
of course is clumsy and risks an unintended edit.

So I was hoping for 'normal' behavior.

The best answer would be if pycarddav was available as a port on
FreeBSD; this interfaces neatly with mutt (and I'm actually already
configured to use it), but while I see from Google that someone
intended on porting it, apparently they never followed through :-(

David Benfell <benfell at>
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