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How to select text in BASH terminal using the keyboard without mouse?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10

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If it's possible it probably depends on your terminal (xterm, rxvt, something else). So what do you use? – Nifle Jan 2 '11 at 16:08
see also – Nikos Alexandris Jul 5 '13 at 8:12

Perhaps this works (source)

You can use GNU screen's copy and paste commands.

Quick tutorial:

  1. Open screen: screen (or screen myprog my args here)
  2. Run your program, producing output you want copied
  3. Enter copy mode: ^A [
  4. Move your cursor to the start point
  5. Hit enter
  6. Move your cursor to the end point
  7. Hit enter
  8. Paste: ^A ]

Screen is much more powerful than that (I use it to tab several virtual terminals without the need for a special terminal emulator, and also so that I don't loose my sessions when X crashes or something). To get out of screen, simply end your shell session, or type ^A ^.

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