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    how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    Hi
    i want to select some text from vim using "yank" command and then access the same on shell prompt
    using ^v or shift ^Insert.How can that be done.

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    If you yank into the "+ register, it will go into the x11 selection, which can be pasted using shift-insert.

    So, to yank a whole line in normal mode:
    Code:
    "+yy
    To yank a whole line in command mode:
    Code:
    :yank +
    More info available in the vim help (:help clipboard)

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    I read the help page and also tried what you said but any of the things did not worked.
    Here is my file
    temp.txt
    some arbit
    something
    non
    ppr
    Now I open the above file in vim and scroll down to third line.
    Press
    :"+yy
    and then open gedit a blank file opens there
    press
    Shift+Insert
    nothing gets pasted there.
    I also tried right click of mouse but it sill does not work.
    I have tried various other permutations also but things didn't happened as I wanted.

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    The paste "command" in gedit is Ctrl+V and not Shift+Insert. The rest of what you did is just the same.
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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    Using * instead of + will put it into the middle-click buffer. It's still amazing to me how many people don't know this feature exists.

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    It works until the clip board buffer does not get over written.
    What I mean to say if I have pasted the lines of vi like this on shell or gedit (what ever)
    now I copy some thing from Firefox (a URL)
    and repeat the steps from where I started the thread
    this time the same steps do not work on both case (shell or gedit)
    so the "+ register or "* is not being shared with x11 or some thing prevents writing to clip board buffer.
    When you over write the clip board buffer from previous "+ command by a new paste from some different x11 application.

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    Quote Originally Posted by trent.josephsen View Post
    Using * instead of + will put it into the middle-click buffer. It's still amazing to me how many people don't know this feature exists.
    Thanks, i logged in after a few months, specially to thank you. This issue was driving me nuts. Using * instead of + did the trick for me.

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    If you're using the simple plain vim, it doesn't have support for the system clipboard:
    Code:
    vim --version | grep xterm
    Will give
    Code:
    -xterm_clipboard
    You have two options:
    1)Compile vim yourself, with the xterm_clipboard flag on
    2)Uninstall vim, install gvim and use it as vim, ie. don't use the ui, but call vim from terminal, the same way you did when you had vim. If you give:
    Code:
    vim --version | grep xterm
    you will get a line with
    Code:
    +xterm_clipboard
    and both the + and * buffers will be enabled.

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    By default, Ubuntu installs the vim-tiny package, which is a ultra-light version of the console "vim" only.

    Most people should simply install the vim-gtk (or vim-gnome) package. This package will provide both the graphical "gvim" and the console "vim", but in a "huge" configuration that includes support for the clipboard. It is not necessary to uninstall vim-tiny first.

    If you really don't want any gui support (i.e. you have no X libraries installed), then you should install the vim package, which is the full "huge" configuration for the console "vim".

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    Re: how to copy from vim and paste it on system clip board

    Thanks a lot guys. I was looking for this feature for sometime. I could resolve this by following the suggestions mentioned here. This is what I did.

    I had vim 7.2 on my system with no xterm-clipboard support. I tried the tricks of using * or + register. Storing any text in these registers inside vim was not getting available outside vim.
    $ vim --version | grep xterm
    -xterm_clipboard

    Then I removed vim and installed vim-gnone
    $ sudo apt-get purge vim
    $ sudo apt-get autoremove (removes other unwanted packages from system, in this case related to vim)
    $ sudo apt-get install vim-gnome
    $ vim --version | grep xterm
    -mouse_jsbterm +mouse_netterm -mouse_sysmouse +mouse_xterm +multi_byte
    +X11 -xfontset +xim +xsmp_interact +xterm_clipboard -xterm_save

    Now, when I copy some text in the + register inside the vim editor (e.g. "+yy), it also gets copied to the system clipboard which I can retrieve from some other application outside vim (e.g. terminal bash prompt or gedit editor, by using ^v or Shift+Insert command).
    Not sure about the * register, though. It does not work for me.

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