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Re: Simple copy & paste problem

From: Thierry Volpiatto
Subject: Re: Simple copy & paste problem
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:06:43 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Joel James Adamson <> writes:

> Andrea Crotti <> writes:
>> This is probably very stupid but every time I step into it and it's very
>> annoying.
>> Supposing I want to copy something from Safari to emacs.
>> So I
>> - select and copy
>> - select and kill the text I want to substitute
>> - try to paste
>> ARGH! Now the text I copied from safari is disappeared...
>> A workardound is to delete first and then copy-paste.
>> But is there a smarter way to solve this?
>> Something like
>> "if I copied something from the os keep it as first in the kill ring"?
> How about drag and drop?  Does that work on OS X?  Select the text, then
> drag it to Emacs.  That's usually what I do when I want to go from
> Firefox to Emacs.

You can't do that if emacs and firefox are on differents desktops.
But you can use mouse2 (don't know for OSX).
You can use that also:

| (defun yank-from-clipboard ()
|   (interactive)
|   (let ((primary (x-selection 'PRIMARY)))
|     (when primary (insert primary))))
| (global-set-key (kbd "C-c v") 'yank-from-clipboard)

Like that nothing is added to emacs kill-ring.

If you don't mind adding to emacs kill-ring:

| ;; (setq interprogram-paste-function 'x-cut-buffer-or-selection-value)
| ;; (setq x-select-enable-primary t)

Thierry Volpiatto
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