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bug#17172: 24.3.50; Timeouts when pasting from mouse

From: Jan Djärv
Subject: bug#17172: 24.3.50; Timeouts when pasting from mouse
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:53:27 +0200
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/24.4.0


FWIW, there's some info in bug#16737 which looks very much like a
duplicate of this one (I tried merging them but I got an error because
their importance is different). Could you have a look ? In particular I
mentionned there:
Whenever I eval (x-get-selection 'SECONDARY) (or 'PRIMARY or
'CLIPBOARD, for that matter), it hangs for a few seconds and then
throws "Timed out waiting for reply from selection owner". No matter
what is in that selection, even if it is empty.

How do you determine "empty"? If there is no selection owner, XConvertSelection should say so at once, and there would be no timeout.

Hopefully this answers your question.

It does not.  The most important thing with these selection bugs are:
1) Who owns the selection, i.e. the application copied from?
2) What desktop environment is used?

We seen plenty of bad klipper-like software, i.e. daemons that constantly copy selections to themselves so the selected text survives when the application dies.

Your statement of empty selection above suggests that you do run such software, possibly without realizing it. Most KDE users does not know that klipper is running.

        Jan D.

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