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Anyway i can get text from Vim in the windows clipboard?

my sessions are usually via PuTTY, and almost always in a gnu screen

if using :set mouse=v i can highlight some lines and they appear in windows' clipboard.

but for longer texts, selecting it all, and yanking to "+ does nothing.

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Thought, PuTTY does not know anything about remote clipboard. So, it can copy only visible parts of texts. – Maximus Oct 1 '12 at 21:38
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Yanking is a feature of Vim itself which by default only works for that process. If you want yanking to utilize the clipboard you have to use "*y (current selection) or "+y (real clipboard) as described in sections 04.7 and 09.3 of Vim help. Use the following commands in Vim to look this up:

:help 04.7
:help 09.3

PuTTY however has no access to either clipboard of the machine you're connecting to.

A quick workaround would be to use the cat command on the file, not in a screen session, and then select the text in your PuTTY which automatically copies it. Doing this outside a screen session ensures you can scroll up and get all of the text.

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was expecting some way to hook up the 'system' clipboard via "+ or "* with putty's clipboard... – gcb Oct 1 '12 at 22:29
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It's not true that yanking does not work between separate Vim processes. It does work if you are in Windows or in Unix and are running in an X client, either vim in a terminal or gvim. See ":help 04.7" in Vim's built-in help. – garyjohn Oct 2 '12 at 1:21

Found this patch that will redirect print output (any text inside escape \e''[5i and \e''[4i) to the windows clipboard (e.g. to print "test" in bash echo -ne '\e''[5itest\e''[4i')

http://ericmason.net/putty/putty-0.60-clip.patch

if i can find a windows printer driver that sends text to clipboard instead of printing then putty can be used unmodified, just edit Terminal > Remote controlled printing > select your fake print driver

then i just need a macro to echo the escape codes and the buffer contents.

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