I can make a selection using Ctrl+Space like so:

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but the problem is that I cannot find the keystroke to copy the selection to the clipboard. I tried this guide but both Ctrl+w and Alt+w did not seem to work.

I tried adding this to my ~/.tmux.conf:

bind -t vi-copy w copy-pipe "xclip -sel clip -i"

but I got this error when I ran source-file ~/.tmux.conf:

home/oleg/.tmux.conf:9: usage: bind-key [-cnr] [-T key-table] key command [arguments]

What is wrong? How to make it work?


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What you're trying to use is old. The changelog states that in the version 2.4:

Key tables have undergone major changes. Mode key tables are no longer separate from the main key tables. All mode key tables have been removed, together with the -t flag to bind-key and unbind-key.


The emacs-copy and vi-copy tables have been replaced by the copy-mode and copy-mode-vi tables. Commands are sent using the -X and -N flags to send-keys.

Your command

bind -t vi-copy w copy-pipe "xclip -sel clip -i"

translates to

bind -T copy-mode-vi w send-keys -X copy-pipe "xclip -sel clip -i"

Note your question mentions Ctrl+w and Alt+w, but the command binds just w. Adjust if needed (use C-w or M-w instead of sole w).

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    @OlegzandrDenman Use C-w instead of sole w. Mar 9, 2020 at 22:58

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