Use Cygwin to talk to the Windows clipboard

cat /dev/clipboard; $(somecommand) > /dev/clipboard
I spent a bunch of time yesterday looking for the xsel package in Cygwin- turns out you can use the /dev/clipboard device to do the same thing.
Sample Output
$ ls        
$ touch testfile
$ ls
testfile
$ ls > /dev/clipboard
$ cat /dev/clipboard
testfile

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By: sud0er
2009-07-10 18:48:21

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What Others Think

You actually want to use two ">>" since you can't actually replace the file /dev/clipboard, which echo "output something" > /dev/clipboard attempts todo, and will result in a permission error since you cannot remove/replace a virtual file. Appending information to the clipboard with echo "output something" >> /dev/clipboard will, like a clipboard, also removes what used to be there.
lowjax · 235 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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