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bug#6774: Cut and paste with C-w/mouse-2 not working?

From: Jan Djärv
Subject: bug#6774: Cut and paste with C-w/mouse-2 not working?
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:01:29 +0200
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Stefan Monnier skrev 2010-08-10 09.29:

Indeed, I don't think it's good to do so.  The old behavior of setting
PRIMARY only when killing the text seems like the right behavior.
Why would we want to change that?

Because it would conflict with
http://standards.freedesktop.org/clipboards-spec/clipboards-latest.txt, and
most other X applications set PRIMARY without an explicit kill or copy.

That doesn't mean that C-SPC C-f should set PRIMARY.  It just means that
some other operations should be considered as forms of copy/kill.

I think it should and so does the applications that claim to conform. Pressing Shift-Left Arrow starts a selection in those X applications, and that sets PRIMARY. C-SPC C-f is Emacs way of doing shift-selection as I see it.

And because it is convinient to be able to select text and then paste
with middle button in another application.

Indeed, and Emacs-23 does that fine by saying that mouse-selection
performs a `copy'.

But emacs 23.1 at least does not do this for shift-selection. That is unlike the other X apps. Why not take ownership of PRIMARY in this case? It is not as it is a performance issue. You don't have to copy the text until someone asks for it.

        Jan D.

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