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xclipboard - X clipboard client


xclipboard [ -toolkitoption ... ] [ -w ] [ -nw ]


The xclipboard program is used to collect and display text selections that are sent to the CLIPBOARD by other clients. It is typically used to save CLIPBOARD selections for later use. It stores each CLIPBOARD selection as a separate string, each of which can be selected. Each time CLIPBOARD is asserted by another application, xclipboard transfers the contents of that selection to a new buffer and displays it in the text window. Buffers are never automatically deleted, so you'll want to use the delete button to get rid of useless items.

Since xclipboard uses a Text Widget to display the contents of the clipboard, text sent to the CLIPBOARD may be re-selected for use in other applications. xclipboard also responds to requests for the CLIPBOARD selection from other clients by sending the entire contents of the currently displayed buffer.

An xclipboard window has the following buttons across the top:

When this button is pressed, xclipboard exits.
When this button is pressed, the current buffer is deleted and the next one displayed.
Creates a new buffer with no contents. Useful in constructing a new CLIPBOARD selection by hand.
Displays a File Save dialog box. Pressing the Accept button saves the currently displayed buffer to the file specified in the text field.
Displays the next buffer in the list.
Displays the previous buffer.


The xclipboard program accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line options as well as the following:
This option indicates that lines of text that are too long to be displayed on one line in the clipboard should wrap around to the following lines.
This option indicates that long lines of text should not wrap around. This is the default behavior.


In order to specify resources, it is useful to know the hierarchy of the widgets which compose xclipboard. In the notation below, indentation indicates hierarchical structure. The widget class name is given first, followed by the widget instance name.

XClipboard  xclipboard
    Form  form
        Command  Quit
        Command  delete
        Command  new
        Command  Save
        Command  next
        Command  prev
        Label  index
        Text  text
    TransientShell  fileDialogShell
        Dialog  fileDialog
            Label  label
            Command  accept
            Command  cancel
            Text value
    TransientShell  failDialogShell
        Dialog  failDialog
            Label  label
            Command  continue

Sending/Retrieving Clipboard Contents

Text is copied to the clipboard whenever a client asserts ownership of the CLIPBOARD selection. Text is copied from the clipboard whenever a client requests the contents of the CLIPBOARD selection. Examples of event bindings that a user may wish to include in a resource configuration file to use the clipboard are:

*VT100.Translations: #override \
    <Btn3Up>:    select-end(CLIPBOARD) \n\
    <Btn2Up>:    insert-selection(PRIMARY,CLIPBOARD) \n\
    <Btn2Down>:    ignore ()

See Also

X(7) , xcutsel(1) , xterm(1) , individual client documentation for how to make a selection and send it to the CLIPBOARD.


to get the default host and display number.
to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.


<XRoot>/lib/X11/app-defaults/XClipboard - specifies required resources


Ralph R. Swick, DEC/MIT Project Athena
Chris D. Peterson, MIT X Consortium
Keith Packard, MIT X Consortium

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