Linux – What’s like OSX’s pbcopy for Linux


In a terminal in OSX I can pipe output to pbcopy and then go into a web browser and paste it. I tried this in Linux with xcopy but when I switch to the browser it just overwrites the clipboard with with whatever was in it the last time the browser was used. What works like pbcopy in Linux?

Best Answer

if you have X installed you may try xsel in this way :

alias pbcopy='xsel --clipboard --input'
alias pbpaste='xsel --clipboard --output'

or with xclip :

alias pbcopy='xclip -selection clipboard'
alias pbpaste='xclip -selection clipboard -o'

now you can use'em :

echo 'go to my clipboard' | pbcopy

when I don't have X I use GNU Screen functionality to copy between open shells in a session using keyboard

to copy : Ctrl-a -> Esc -> go to wanted position * -> Space (to begin selecting) -> press k to go forward mark text -> Enter

to paste : Ctrl-a + ]

* movements are done with vim like key bindings (j, k, l & m).

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