Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 603742
Copy paste issues
Last modified: 2012-01-27 10:15:43 EST
Description of problem:
When I tripple click a line in gnome terminal to select it and then shift-click another line, all lines between these two get selected just as expected. If I then paste this selection somwhere (other terminal, gedit...) using a middle click, only the tripple clicked line gets pasted.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This has been going on since F12 and is still there in F13 gnome-terminal-2.30.1-1.fc13.i686
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Tripple click a line in gnome terminal to select it
2. Shift click another line in the same terminal to extend the selection
3. middle click to paste the selection somewhere
Only the tripple clicked line gets pasted
All selected lines get pasted
If I use copy/paste from the menu, the problem remains.
If I tripple click and drag to extend the selection all selected lines get copied.
I get this as well, but experience a different aspect of it.
For me, when I have a large amount of text in the scrollback (ie. a couple hundred thousand lines), the fastest way to select the region is:
a) primary click on the start point, then
b) scroll to the end point using the slider, then
c) shift-click on the end point
In this scenario, the "Copy" options don't work. The Edit -> Copy option in the menu isn't enabled (still greyed out), and the Ctrl-Shift-c option doesn't work either.
The only working way to copy large amounts of text like this, is to click the start point with the primary mouse button, and hold it down while using the automatic window scroll that occurs when the cursor has moved to the bottom of the window. *really slow* way of selecting several hundred thousand lines of input, but it seems to be the only way to get info from gnome-terminal to elsewhere on the odd occasion this requirement occurs.
At a guess, I'm thinking there's a bug in the gnome-terminal code that processes the shift-click, not realising it should update the internal text selection.
If that's the case, then fixing that might then automatically fix the copy problems mentioned here.
On RHEL6 I am seeing the same problem as in the description of this bug. Under RHEL5 I had gotten in the habit of this gnome-terminal workflow:
1. triple-click a line
2. scroll way back
3. shift-click to select a lot of text
This no longer works in RHEL6. Only the line that was triple-clicked is put into the copy buffer.
I showed this to a co-worker who figured out a work around. Rather than scrolling around to select all the text, do a "Select All" (Edit -> Select All) and then Copy. (This "Select All" option was not available in RHEL5.) It's a great workaround, but there is definitely something funny going on with copy/paste from gnome-terminal in RHEL6 and (apparently) whatever version(s) of Fedora it is derived from ("Mix of Fedora 12 Fedora 13 and several modifications" according to http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/RHEL#History )
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