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Q: clipboard pasting between cygwin and windows 2000 apps ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: clipboard pasting between cygwin and windows 2000 apps
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: banchan-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 13 Nov 2002 08:27 PST
Expires: 13 Dec 2002 08:27 PST
Question ID: 106888
hello dear researchers

does anybody know how i can get cygwin and windows 2000 to share
clipboard information ?

for example, i would like to open a word document, highlight a couple
paragraphs, copy it and then be able to share that document with an
emacs session running within my cygwin shell (i also have emacs
installed on my win2000, but i specifically would like to do this with
the emacs via cygwin).


i would like to have a text document open from my mail (mutt) from an
xterm in cygwin, highlight that, then somehow paste that to my
netscape browser opened in the windows 2000 for searching.

is there a utility to help me with this?

i thought xclipboard might help me, but i think this will only work on
my cygwin...

thank in advance.
Subject: Re: clipboard pasting between cygwin and windows 2000 apps
Answered By: krobert-ga on 13 Nov 2002 08:45 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Copy and Paste are a little wierd between Cygwin and Windows.  I have
used this for a while and I can tell you that I know of no easy
solution.  When in Cygwin (a bash shell or otherwise), the terminal
captures all (or at least most) control characters. So, Ctrl-C and
Ctrl-V don't work.  The solution, as painful as this is, is to use the
menu in Cygwin's windowbox (the actual Window's window).

Under the menu (accessed by clicking the cygwin icon in the upper left
hand corner of the windowbox... no, Alt doesn't work) you will find a
selection for copy and paste.

Copy is easy, just highlight something (usig the mouse) and hit
<return> in the Cygwin window. Paste needs to be accessed via the menu
system described above.

Copy and paste work normally in external applications (Win2k apps).

Hope this helps!

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