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Copy the current path. Use -selection clipboard to copy the string to clipboard.
Allows to copy the file contents to X clipboard, and then be pasted in any application with the middle mouse button.
"Copying" things to the X clipboard doesn't normally create a copy. Rather the data to be 'copied' is referenced. This means that if the application that you 'copied' stuff from is closed, that data is lost. If the application that you 'copied' from is suspended with CTRL-Z, there could be some issues if you try to paste it into something.
This command will create a copy of referenced data and have xclip be the provider of it, so you can then go ahead and close the app that contains the original information.
Caveat: I'm not sure if this is binary-safe (though i would expect it to be), and don't know what would happen if you used it to clip a 20 meg gimp image.
This technique becomes more convenient if you set it up as an action in a clipboard manager (eg klipper, parcellite). Some of these applets can take automatic action based on a variety of parameters, so you could probably just get it to always own the clipped data whenever data is clipped.
I use it for embedding images in CSS for Stylish, the Firefox addon.
Thought it might be useful to others.
Assuming that $script contains the filename of a script you'd like to post as part of a comment on this site, this will prefix each line with '$' and pipe it into the X selection. From there just put the cursor in the right place in the comments box and middle-click.
Should work pretty much anywhere with xclip installed. On debian-ish systems this is installed as part of the package "xclip".
shortest alternative without the speed-o-meter"xclip large.xml"
"xclip -o" to get the clipboard content, alternatively [shift key] + insert or middle button of your mouse.