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I'm trying to select all the code in my vim editor in a putty session on my windows 10 and paste it on notepad in windows 10.

once I get into vim with terminal command vim code.s on ubuntu I've tried the widely used :%y+ but get an error saying invalid registry name so its not possible to do that on ubuntu. If any one know how to please let me know.

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Use of the clipboard on Linux requires the X server, so you'd need such on your Windows system (e.g. Cygwin-X), and start the ssh session with X forwarding (ssh -X). As evidenced by the many related questions here, this is a hassle to set up.

As a pragmatic quick workaround, you can

  1. In Vim, write the selection / selected lines (e.g. with :{range}write /tmp/file) to the local (Ubuntu) file system
  2. Use another PuTTY session to pscp that file to your Windows box.
  3. Copy the file to the clipboard / directly insert its contents in a text editor.
  4. (Remove the temp files.)

For just a few lines, selection with the mouse inside the PuTTY window is the fastest, but beware of changes in line breaks, whitespace, :set number and other complications.

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