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I can use keyboard shortcuts and selecting text with the left mouse button allows me to insert the selection within gnome-terminal with the middle mouse button.

However, mouse selection with left button does not copy it to the clipboard and thus is not available to other apps.

I don't want to use the keyboard shortcuts when I select text with the left mouse button, I want to automatically have it in the clipboard (much like putty works on Windows).

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X and GTK+ maintain their own clipboards, which is why selecting text the X way does not automatically dump the selected text into the GTK+ clipboard. gClip can be used to bridge the two.

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I installed it and ran it, but it does not copy the selected text. I looked at the settings, but can't find anything related. Am I missing something? –  mark Apr 4 '10 at 11:58
    
Looking at the web page, it says "Select (paint) something somewhere and click gClip tray-icon with mouse middle button." (Under Use Primary Buffer). Perhaps trying that would work. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 4 '10 at 12:24
    
I see. I'm searching for a solution which does that automatically. –  mark Apr 4 '10 at 12:47
    
Voting up, informative answer, yet not the solution yet. –  mark May 30 '10 at 17:35
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