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In pidgin, the shortcut of copying a text of chat history <Ctrl> + C does not work. Does anyone know why?

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For Windows, OSX, Ubuntu, built from source, what version? – Kev Sep 18 '11 at 22:54
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If it is working for you from other programs (e.g. not an issue with your keyboard), all I can suggest is that it is either a custom component that pidgin uses for displaying the text which does not have control+c enabled/built in to it, or, the developers have decided to disable it.

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On my system (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit) running Pidgin 2.7.10, Ctrl-C works fine. So there must be something else going on here... like you said, perhaps this is symptomatic of a keyboard issue; or maybe a virus or spyware is infecting his system. – Chris Sep 18 '11 at 23:23

The answer to question is: "Because developers binded this shortcut for chat purposes".

To be more helpful: override short cut keybindings, adding to file ./.purple/gtkrc-2.0 like this:

binding "pidgin-copy" {
  bind "<ctrl>c" { "copy-clipboard" () }
class "*pidgin_conv_imhtml" binding "pidgin-copy"
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