Re: Unbreaking the gnome clipboard

On Mon, Jun 16, 2003 at 08:24:33AM +0100, Mark Finlay wrote:
> > > 2. The ability to make a selection, and use the middle mouse button to paste the selection
> > > even after the selection is lost. ie. the middle mouse button pastes the last selection
> > > instead of being limited to the current one.
> > 
> > 
> > Well, you will have a VERY hard time getting that working :-).
> I have no idea of the technical details involved, but I do know that
> kde's klipper (i think that's what its called) has had this working 
> for as long as i can remember. The only issue, and it's probably a big
> one, is that it only works with kde apps. /me smells a nasty hack.
> Anyway, having the normal clipboard working properly is the number
> one priority IMHO, but it would be nice to get this working at some
> stage...

Friends, hackers, countrymen
I come to whine about Klipper not to praise it.

The damn thing regularly screws Gnumeric to hell due to its
overeager harvesting of content.  Anytime a KDE user files a
clipboard related bug I can be fairly sure that the answer is to
disable Klipper.   To be at all useful, a clipboard manager
absolutely must handle
    - not harvesting large selections
	eg someone does a 'select all' in gnumeric and does not not
	   immediately try to send 20 meg of xml to a clipboard manger.

    - multiple representations
	eg the clipboard manger does not just suck in gnumeric's xml
	  format (our prefered form) when client applications actually
	  want xhtml, or OO style xml.

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