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Re: OT

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: OT
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008 11:07:19 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> Do you have trouble keeping track of active region vs. kill ring in emacs?
> That's approximately the distinction between primary and clipboard in
> the freedesktop.org model, after all.

That's the theory.  The practice is that every application is slightly
different, some offer mouse-1-select and mouse-2-yank, others offer
menu-copy and menu-paste, others offer both, others offer those things
via keybindings (usually without making it clear which it is), yet
others offer those things in a mixed up way with different terminology,

Yes, if you live exclusively within Gnome or within KDE, you may be able
to get a clear mental model, but the Free world predates those things
and is much larger than that.  I've never *ever* needed to distinguish
between the CLIPBOARD and the PRIMARY.  The only reason I could ever
think of to distinguish them is if you have some braindead application
like klipper which eagerly reads whatever's in the CLIPBOARD, even if
it's 100MB large on an X11 client connected remotely.


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