xcutsel - interchange between cut buffer and selection
xcutsel [-toolkitoption...] [-selection selection] [-cutbuffer
xcutsel accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line
options as well as the following: This option specifies
the name of the selection to use. The default is PRIMARY.
The only supported abbreviations for this option are
"-select", "-sel" and "-s", as the standard toolkit option
"-selectionTimeout" has a similar name. This option specifies
the cut buffer to use. The default is cut buffer 0.
The xcutsel program is used to copy the current selection
into a cut buffer and to make a selection that contains
the current contents of the cut buffer. It acts as a
bridge between applications that do not support selections
and those that do.
By default, xcutsel will use the selection named PRIMARY
and the cut buffer CUT_BUFFER0. Either or both of these
can be overridden by command line arguments or by
An xcutsel window has the following buttons: When this
button is pressed, xcutsel exits. Any selections held by
xcutsel are automatically released. When this button is
pressed, xcutsel copies the current selection into the cut
buffer. When this button is pressed, xcutsel converts the
current contents of the cut buffer into the selection.
The button labels reflect the selection and cutbuffer
selected by command line options or through the resource
When the "copy 0 to PRIMARY" button is activated, the button
will remain inverted as long as xcutsel remains the
owner of the selection. This serves to remind you which
client owns the current selection. Note that the value of
the selection remains constant; if the cutbuffer is
changed, you must again activate the copy button to
retrieve the new value when desired.
This program accepts all of the standard X Toolkit
resource names and classes as well as: This resource specifies
the name of the selection to use. The default is
PRIMARY. This resource specifies the number of the cut
buffer to use. The default is 0.
The following instance names may be used when user configuration
of the labels in them is desired: This is the
"copy SELECTION to BUFFER" button. This is the "copy
BUFFER to SELECTION" button. This is the "quit" button.
There is no way to change the name of the selection or the
number of the cut buffer while the program is running.
X(1X), xclipboard(1X), xterm(1X), text widget documentation,
individual client documentation for how to make a
Ralph R. Swick, DEC/MIT Project Athena
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