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How to redirect output to "clipboard" on command line

This should be verry common



6:03 pm on Dec 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have looked everywhere to for how to redirect the output of a command to the "clipboard" (don't know what this is called in linux). It should be easy. I recall having read something about a "* register or something somewhere.

I want this:

ls -A1 > "clipboard"

Then I can "paste" this anywhere. I can use the mouse methode, but want the output redirect. I'm using cygwin by the way.


11:38 pm on Dec 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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getclip and putclip will let you manipulate the Windows clipboard in Cygwin.


12:42 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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For those not using Cygwin, there is an X-Windows utility called "xclip" which reads STDIN and puts the input into an X clipboard.

cat filename  xclip

X clipboards are not the same as Gnome or KDE clipboards, however. Someone wrote a bash function for KDE called "klip" that uses the KDE utility "klipper" to do the same thing (search for it).. I didn't find anything similar for Gnome, but some Gnome apps play nicely with X clipboards...so maybe xclip would work?

So it will depend on which application are you pasting into, unfortunately.


1:01 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Most (all?) KDE and Gnome apps interact with the X clipboard totally normally. Just middle click to paste instead of C-v.

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