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My Ctrl+V produces a different result that RightClick+Paste

I can't reproduce this, it happens randomly, so I can't specify the circumstances just yet. I will as soon as I can make it happen all the time.

Please advise!


$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS
Release:    10.04
Codename:   lucid
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Copy something, highlight something else, then try both paste methods. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 19 '11 at 19:17
    
Just tried this and got the exact same issue. Must be an Ubuntu bug. – paradd0x Apr 19 '11 at 19:19
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holy kernel, you're right. is this addressable? – Mikhail Apr 19 '11 at 19:19
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X actually has three clipboards. Highlighting text moves it into one clipboard (PRIMARY), then performing a copy operation copies it to a second (CLIPBOARD) (the third [SECONDARY] is almost never used). The two paste methods are using different clipboards, which is causing confusion on your part.

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I guess i just won't use the explicit Copy clipboard ;) thanks for clearing this up – Mikhail Apr 19 '11 at 19:24
    
See also jwz.org/doc/x-cut-and-paste.html – grawity Apr 20 '11 at 14:37
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Is it possible to consolidate the two paste boards?? This is such a constant frustration for me. – mehaase Jun 4 '13 at 14:36

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