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Recently I found the auto-copy on selection feature of gnome-terminal really annoying. However, I tried to look for a way to disable it. As it turns out, there's few documentation for that. I was wondering if there's a way to disable this feature?

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That's not gnome-terminal doing that, it's X. And there's no way to disable it since "copying" in modern environments is just copying the PRIMARY selection to the CLIPBOARD selection therefore disabling it would prevent any copying at all. Just learn to not hit the middle mouse button.

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Could you elaborate on that? According to Gnome Terminal Manual (library.gnome.org/users/gnome-terminal/stable/… ): "For all text selections, GNOME Terminal copies the selected text into the clipboard when you release the mouse button." Also, I wasn't using mouse middle button at all, just normal clicks. –  Frank Oct 20 '10 at 0:00
I'm not seeing the documented behavior, just what X normally does. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 20 '10 at 0:04
My X server doesn't copy on select, nor paste on middle click. Now, if I could just track down how I did it.... –  Coderer Mar 11 '11 at 22:38
@coderer If you figure it out, please let me know! My touchpad likes to throw spurious middle clicks from time to time, so that combined with my habit of selecting text as I read leads to unwanted pastes from time to time (~daily). –  Drooling_Sheep Mar 23 '11 at 1:37


  1. I mouse-select a text I want to auto-copy
  2. I go to a target to paste my copied text
  3. If target place has some text I want to delete or replace, new selection will replace the primary buffer

How do you manage that!?

Autocopy addon in firefox i.e. gives you the option to SHIFT-select or something to prevent the auto-copy action when selecting a text.

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