XCUTSEL(1) MachTen Programmer’s Manual XCUTSEL(1)
xcutsel - interchange between cut buffer and selection
xcutsel [ -toolkitoption ...] [-selection selection]
The xcutsel program is used to copy the current selection
into a cut buffer and to make a selection that contains
the current contents of the cut buffer. It acts as a
bridge between applications that don’t support selections
and those that do.
By default, xcutsel will use the
selection named PRIMARY
and the cut buffer CUT_BUFFER0. Either or both of these
can be overridden by command line arguments or by
An xcutsel window has the following buttons:
When this button is pressed, xcutsel exits. Any
selections held by xcutsel are automatically
copy PRIMARY to 0
When this button is pressed, xcutsel copies the
current selection into the cut buffer.
copy 0 to PRIMARY
When this button is pressed, xcutsel converts the
current contents of the cut buffer into the selec-
The button labels reflect the
selection and cutbuffer
selected by command line options or through the resource
When the ‘‘copy 0 to
PRIMARY’’ button is activated, the
button will remain inverted as long as xcutsel remains the
owner of the selection. This serves to remind you which
client owns the current selection. Note that the value of
the selection remains constant; if the cutbuffer is
changed, you must again activate the copy button to
retrieve the new value when desired.
Xcutsel accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line
options as well as the following:
This option specifies the name of the selection to
use. The default is PRIMARY. The only supported
abbreviations for this option are ‘‘-select’’,
‘‘-sel’’ and ‘‘-s’’, as the standard toolkit
option ‘‘-selectionTimeout’’ has a similar name.
This option specifies the cut buffer to use. The
default is cut buffer 0.
This program accepts all of the standard X Toolkit
resource names and classes as well as:
selection (class Selection)
This resource specifies the name of the selection
to use. The default is PRIMARY.
cutBuffer (class CutBuffer)
This resource specifies the number of the cut
buffer to use. The default is 0.
The following instance names may be used when user config-
uration of the labels in them is desired:
sel-cut (class Command)
This is the ‘‘copy SELECTION to BUFFER’’ button.
cut-sel (class Command)
This is the ‘‘copy BUFFER to SELECTION’’ button.
quit (class Command)
This is the ‘‘quit’’ button.
X(1), xclipboard(1), xterm(1), text widget documentation,
individual client documentation for how to make a selec-
There is no way to change the name of the selection or the
number of the cut buffer while the program is running.
Ralph R. Swick, DEC/MIT Project Athena
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