[lug] Cutting and Pasting..

John Hernandez John.Hernandez at noaa.gov
Fri Mar 2 16:48:08 MST 2001

Amen.  I'm constantly frustrated by this, too.  Most of the time, when I don't need to hold things in the buffer for very long, I just use the highlight + middle button to paste trick.  But cut/copy/paste buffers seem far from consistent between apps.  I guess the problem stems from the basic UNIX philosophy of freedom to choose toolkits and so forth.  Both a blessing and a curse.  I won't even attempt to propose a solution.  Sigh...

Andrew Reberry wrote:
> I have a gripe.  I would like a solution, but I do have a gripe...
> In general, I find it very difficult to cut and paste between
> applications.  Be it a lack of standards, but it seems that a lot of
> programs do not want to "work" together.
> Some programs use ALT-V and ALT-C key combinations, others use CTRL-X
> and CTRL-C.  Yet other programs use CTRL-C and CTRL-V.  I even believe
> I've used CTRL-Insert and SHIFT-Insert as well.  This is half the
> problem.  Why not the same keys, and why should I have to remember "Oh,
> I'm in this program and thus must use the CTRL-V key combo.
> The second part of the problem is what I find to be incompatible
> applications...
> Say I cut something out of Opera using CTRL-C.  I then want to paste it
> into netscape composer using ALT-V. The problem though is that what I
> cut out of Opera is not being pasted into Netscape.  Instead something
> I cut yesterday is being placed into Netscape.   I can't even get these
> two applications to talk to each other when cutting and pasting.
> To me this is very poor and unacceptable.  As I said, I would not mind
> answers, but as I see it any solution is simply a workaround to the
> problem.
> Andrew
> reberrya at colorado.edu
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