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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 CLIP‐
BOARD selection from other clients by sending the entire contents of
the currently displayed buffer.

An xclipboard window has the following buttons across the top:

quit When this button is pressed, xclipboard exits.

delete When this button is pressed, the current buffer is deleted and
the next one displayed.

new Creates a new buffer with no contents. Useful in constructing
a new CLIPBOARD selection by hand.

save Displays a File Save dialog box. Pressing the Accept button
saves the currently displayed buffer to the file specified in
the text field.

next 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:

-w 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.

-nw 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, indenta‐
tion 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

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 configura‐
tion file to use the clipboard are:

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


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

DISPLAY 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.

specifies required resources


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

X Version 11 xclipboard 1.1.3 XCLIPBOARD(1)

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