Using a clipboard is a habit of graphical user interfaces. Although it is possible to do anything you want in a text-based terminal, old habits die hard. So is there a way to use your clipboard, by either filling or emptying it, in the terminal in a FIFO?
There is a way to achieve this in a X compliant system. The program is called xclip. It is not a default program, so you need to install it before using it. SOOO, grab your favorite package manager, apt-get, yum, pacman, or dnf and install xclip.
Also, here is the source.
How to use xclip?
xclip is a more complex program to use for a person that will copy and paste only. So, using aliases will help you.
alias set_clipboard="xclip -selection c" alias get_clipboard="xclip -selection c -o"
Also, if you will keep using xclip, you may add these aliases to either ~/.bash_aliases or ~/.bashrc .
To use those aliases:
$ echo test | set_clipboard $ get_clipboard > test
What if I don’t have the X?
If you’re stuck with the terminal mode, you may use another program with a clipboard. Because since you don’t have X, you don’t have a clipboard. However, mainstream programs like screen have an internal clipboard. You may try to use the screen command of readreg.
For a Mac OS X system, you may use pbcopy. It is a fairly easy-to-use program. To copy, you will just use:
cat example.txt | pbcopy
Then to paste, just use ^V!
What about Windows?
Just don’t use it. JK, if you’re up-to-date, there is a perfectly easy tool to use. The tool is named ‘clip’!
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