Is Linux Annoying?
Subject:   Copy/Paste
Date:   2003-09-12 10:51:13
From:   anonymous2
The most annoying problem I have with Linux is Copy/Paste. Copying something out of one application and then pasting it into another is like a dice game, you never really know if your numbers will come up and it will work or not. Then when it doesn't work you have to be creative to find a work around, maybe save as some file, edit the parts you want in a different editor and then maybe reload or copy from that new editor.

The biggest culprits are and Mozilla, but most KDE applications I've tried seem to work okay with each other, and to/from a KDE app seems to work, but to/from Mozilla is up for grabs. A line or two seems to work fine, but for larger amounts it just doesn't work.

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  • Copy/Paste
    2003-12-11 07:51:30  anonymous2 [View]

    This thread is missing the point. It's not about intuition, it's about getting the job done. and when I select OR copy text from OpenOffice I expect it to be insertable in Mozilla Mail.

    Alas, often it isn't. Often you get a few lines or a couple of paragraphs. Often you juist don't get the whole selection and you have to check if anything is missing, which is highly annoying.

    I prefer selecting and middle-clicking, but that doesn't really matter to me. What matters is that either way you can't rely on the operation to succeed. And this is a Bug, a BUG, a BUG!
  • Copy/Paste
    2003-09-12 15:49:34  anonymous2 [View]

    The X11 "standard" way to do Copy/Paste is a bit different from Windows. Some applications (like, Mozilla, XEmacs ...) support both the X11 scheme and the Windows/Mac scheme, which can add to the confusion.

    There is no explicit "Copy" function in X. Instead, simply select the desired text (by highlighting it) -- copying is implicit. It can now be pasted into the same or another window, using the middle mouse button.

    Think of it as "Select"/"Paste", rather than "Copy"/"Paste".