Bug#632184: gnome-terminal: improve manual on copy paste behavior

Timo Juhani Lindfors timo.lindfors at iki.fi
Thu Jun 30 10:40:46 UTC 2011

Package: gnome-terminal
Version: 2.30.2-1
Severity: wishlist
Tags: patch

The manual says

  "For all text selections, GNOME Terminal copies the selected text
   into the clipboard when you release the mouse button."

but I think it should say

  "For all text selections, GNOME Terminal copies the selected text
   into the primary selection when you release the mouse button. The
   primary selection is an alternative to clipboard."

This is the expected behavior and this is the behavior that
gnome-terminal actually currently implements. If you want to test you
can use the following script to see the contents of primary selection
and clipboard:


function show_container {
    escaped_data="`$cmd | cat -A | tr -d '\n' | cut --bytes=1-70`"
    echo "$name: \"$escaped_data\""

for i in primary secondary clipboard; do
    show_container $i "xclip -o -selection $i"
for i in `seq 0 7`; do
    show_container cut$i "xcb -p $i"

I've attached a patch against git head.

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-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.2
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gnome-terminal depends on:
ii  gnome-terminal-data    2.30.2-1          Data files for the GNOME terminal 
ii  libatk1.0-0            1.30.0-1          The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libc6                  2.11.2-10         Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2       0.88-2.1          simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libgconf2-4            2.28.1-6          GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.24.2-1          The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.20.1-2          The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libice6                2:1.0.6-2         X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libpango1.0-0          1.28.3-1+squeeze2 Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libsm6                 2:1.1.1-1         X11 Session Management library
ii  libvte9                1:0.24.3-2        Terminal emulator widget for GTK+ 
ii  libx11-6               2:1.3.3-4         X11 client-side library

Versions of packages gnome-terminal recommends:
ii  gvfs                     1.6.4-3         userspace virtual filesystem - ser
ii  yelp                     2.30.1+webkit-1 Help browser for GNOME

gnome-terminal suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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