Mac OS-X-> copy and paste things to and from the clipboard from the shell

command | pbcopy && pbpaste
Copies whatever is piped to the pbcopy command to the clipboard. pbpaste ... well pastes whats on the clipboard.

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By: vaporub
2009-02-16 07:40:36

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  • "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.


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    xclip -o -selection clipboard | xclip -selection clipboard
    intuited · 2009-12-21 19:02:43 1
  • xclip -o > /tmp/spell.tmp # Copy clipboard contents to a temp file aspell check /tmp/spell.tmp # Run aspell on that file cat /tmp/spell.tmp | xclip # Copy the results back to the clipboard, so that you can paste the corrected text I'm not sure xclip is installed in most distributions. If not, you can install x11-apps package


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    xclip -o > /tmp/spell.tmp; aspell check /tmp/spell.tmp ; cat /tmp/spell.tmp | xclip
    alperyilmaz · 2009-03-26 00:49:59 2
  • Great for little scripts that dig up obscure info that you are going to have to paste into another app anyway.


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    cat SomeFile.txt | pbcopy
    unixmonkey734 · 2009-02-13 15:23:10 2
  • I always wanted to be able to copy formatted HTML, like from emails, on trello cards or READMEs... but the formatting is always wrong... But from this two links: * https://jeremywsherman.com/blog/2012/02/08/pasting-html-into-markdown/ * http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3261379/getting-html-source-or-rich-text-from-the-x-clipboard For instance, to to copy an formatted email to a trello card, just: 1. Select the email body 2. run: xclip -selection clipboard -o -t text/html | pandoc -f html -t markdown_github - | xclip -i -t text/plain 3. Paste in your trello card 4. Profit! 8-)


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    xclip -selection clipboard -o -t text/html | pandoc -f html -t markdown_github -
    keymon · 2014-08-18 20:47:46 0

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