[dev] pseudo-problem copying and pasting

From: Greg Reagle <greg.reagle_AT_umbc.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:14:04 -0500

Whoever posted recently about a problem with Ctrl-y in surf, you might
very well be experiencing a confusion about the way copy and paste works
in X, rather than a genuine bug. Note that surf, by default, when you
press Ctrl-y, copies into PRIMARY, and the paste command in a lot of
programs pastes from CLIPBOARD.

You could change surf to use CLIPBOARD instead, as was detailed in
another post.

You could also try to remember to use the middle mouse button to paste
after pressing Ctrl-y in surf. A lot of mouses don't have a middle
button, so on a two button mouse, middle-mouse button emulation needs to
be turned on. On a mouse with a scroll wheel, that scroll wheel often
functions as the middle button when pressed.

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