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    Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    I've installed linux server 12.04 LTS and I have run

    sudo blkid
    I want to edit the fstab file so another partition is mounted automatically and I wanted to copy and paste the uuid=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    . . . how do I do that without the mouse?

    Thanks
    Last edited by GMHilltop; September 5th, 2013 at 08:02 PM. Reason: removing solved from the Title

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    Hi:

    # first, make a backup
    cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak

    # append output of blkid at the end of fstab
    sudo blkid >> /etc/fstab

    # CAUTION:
    # >> append
    # > OVERWRITE - delete original contents of the file begin redirected

    # edit fstab
    sudo nano /etc/fstab

    # in nano:
    # ctrl+U cut
    # ctrl+K paste

    Cheers

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    Thanks alarme. That helps

    Learning how to work in terminal is coming slowly, but surely.
    I am sort of surprised that there isn't a more graceful way to handle this.

    If the output were to be 'Huge' it could hammer in a awful lot of crap at the end of a file when all you want is one line.

    So far I've been pleasantly surprised with navigating and the shortcuts (like hitting TAB) in terminal - this is the first thing that I've run into that seem rather archaic.

    Is this the ONLY way of dealing with this sort of a situation?

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    If you are looking for keyboard shortcuts and if ctrl+c and ctrl+v didn't work for copy & paste, then you may use ctrl+shift+c and ctrl+shift+v to do the same as mentioned in the help page for working with terminal.

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    You can also use Ctrl-K to cut from the cursor position to the end of the line, and Ctrl-Y to retrieve ("yank") the cut text. These are the same commands used in Emacs and Emacs clones like jed.
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    [SOLVED] Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    Thanks everyone for the help. There simply doesn't seem to be a 'nice' way to do it.

    The second post vyalarme here works best for my purposes although the WARNING IS WELL NOTED - the difference between ONE ' > ' and TWO ' >> ' could be disastrous!
    Like I said, I'd have thought there would have been a better way to do this by now considering how long linux has been running. Oh well.

    ctrl+v, ctrl+shift+v, etc simply do not work.

    I'll just have to get used to the way of copying and pasting with VIM and NANO

    Thanks again everyone.

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    Re: [SOLVED] Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    Using SSH to connect with a terminal app gives the greatest joy using copy/paste for text console tasks.

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    Can you use the same method for copying info from one file to another?

    In other words:

    sudo /etc/my_first_file >> /etc/my_2nd_file

    Will that append the data in the first file to the 2nd?

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    Re: Copy & Paste using Keyboard ONLY in Terminal?

    I am not sure what I am doing wrong:

    Code:
    sudo blkid>>test_file 
    -bash: test_file: Permission denied

    I created an empty file with
    Code:
    touch test_file
    Everything is owned by root, what am I missing?
    Why is the permission denied?

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