Features/CopyPasteJustWorks

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Allow "Windows-style" copy & paste that just works! (By default.)

Summary

Add Parcellite to the default (non-upgrade) installation and session for Fedora, using the new daemon mode option ( 'parcellite --daemon' ).

Owner

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 13
  • Last updated: 2009-11-22
  • Percentage of completion: 0%

Detailed Description

Taken from Parcellite About page

About

Parcellite is a lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager. This is a stripped down, basic-features-only clipboard manager with a small memory footprint for those who like simplicity.

Features
  1. Keeps a clipboard history.
  2. Various view options to display items the way you like it.
  3. Daemon mode; guard your clipboard contents when you close applications.
  4. Global hotkeys to display your items quickly.
  5. Perform custom commands using clipboard contents.

The Daemon Mode

Runs completely in the background and is transparent to the end-user. When an application is closed (in a current default installation of Fedora), the contents of the clipboard (if copied from the just-closed window) are generally lost. This is a source of frustration for many users – especially those who are in transition from Windows to Linux. The daemon mode option of Parcellite allows the user to paste previously-copied text into another application after the first application (the one from which the text originated) is closed. This is the behavior that many Windows users have come to expect. The result can be achieved without adding unnecessarily to user-visible configuration or interface clutter commonly associated with full-featured clipboards. There is no need for added complexity, point-and-click interaction, or clipboard-specific key combinations – the user need only press the familiar 'Ctrl-V' sequence.

Benefit to Fedora

  1. Reduces chance for losing work or information.
  2. Lessons barrier to Linux adoption.
  3. Scores user-friendliness points.
  4. Makes Fedora more attractive compared with other distributions.

Scope

  1. Requires including Parcellite in the default installation (non-upgrade).
  2. Requires adding Parcellite to the default (non-upgrade) session ( 'parcellite --daemon' ).

How To Test

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Select the URL from the location bar, then copy via 'Ctrl-C'
  3. Close Firefox
  4. Open gedit
  5. Paste into the text content area via 'Ctrl-V'

This sequence will not work in the current default installation of Fedora, but will work if Parcellite is running in daemon mode.

User Experience

  1. Open Application-A
  2. Select text, then press 'Ctrl-C'
  3. Close Application-A
  4. Open Application-B
  5. Press 'Ctrl-V'
  6. "Hey! It works!"

Dependencies

  • Parcellite and all dependencies are already available in the Fedora repositories.

Contingency Plan

  • Hold off on implementation – do not add to default (non-upgrade) installation and session.

Documentation

Taken from Parcellite Documentation page

Documentation
NAME

Parcellite - Lightweight GTK+ Clipboard Manager

SYNOPSIS

parcellite [OPTION]

DESCRIPTION

Parcellite is a lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager. This is a stripped down, basic-features-only clipboard manager with a small memory footprint for those who like simplicity. Parcellite features a clipboard CLI. Unrecognized options and the contents of your standard input get copied to your clipboard. See CLI EXAMPLES.

OPTIONS

-?, –help Show help options -d, –daemon Run as daemon. Use this mode if you just want Parcellite to keep your clipboard and primary contents safe -n, –no-icon Do not use status icon -c, –clipbard Print clipboard contents -p, –primary Print primary contents

CLI EXAMPLES

echo "copied to clipboard" | parcellite parcellite "copied to clipboard" echo "copied to clipboard" | parcellite -o

ACTIONS

Parcellite's actions perform commands using the contents of your clipboard. "%s" in the command is replaced with the clipboard contents.

SEE ALSO

Website: http://parcellite.sourceforge.net

AUTHOR

Written by Gilberto "Xyhthyx" Miralla <xyhthyx@gmail.com>.

Release Notes

  • Copy & paste action now "just works!" in a default installation of Fedora. Clipboard contents will no longer be lost when an application is closed.