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Re: emacs24 X primary selection changes


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: emacs24 X primary selection changes
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2013 09:47:24 +0200

> Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:11:43 -0700
> From: Bob Proulx <address@hidden>
> 
> But X Window applications have always expected dragging mouse-1 to
> copy text and mouse-2 to paste text.

They still do that, but C-w and M-w in Emacs no longer put text into
the primary selection, and so mouse-2 in another application will not
paste that text.  C-w and M-w now put the text into the clipboard, and
it will only be pasted into other applications with C-v etc.

> Any change away from that isn't "to conform with modern X
> applications" as stated in the NEWS entry.

The change is not in mouse gestures, it is in keyboard keys that copy
and paste text.  These keys now work with the clipboard, not with the
primary selection.  And _that_ change does track the current behavior
of other applications on X.

> But the Windows 8 Metro desktop looks to me like an imitation
> of the previous phone/tablet systems such as Unity, GNOME3, Android
> and iOS.

No, it is a gigantic gamble that desktops are no longer relevant; only
tablets are.

> To wind this thread down let me close by saying that I was stuck.  I
> had read documentation, NEWS, FAQs and searched.  I had tried many
> things.  I failed.  I didn't figure it out.  I asked for help.  I got
> excellent help!  Thank you!  I was able to configure emacs back to my
> liking.  I continue to use emacs happily.
> 
> Thanks to all!

Happy hacking with Emacs!



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