Autocutsel utility

This was in Puppy 3.01 and earlier, but not in 4.00 and 4.1. Autocutsel is a little daemon, /usr/bin/autocutsel, that runs in the background when X is running and synchronises the selection-buffer and the clipboard. This is useful for some older apps, such as the rxvt terminal. For example, if you highlight text in rxvt, it immediately goes into the selection-buffer, and may be pasted into another application by means of a middle-button mouse click -- well, this mechanism is generic, works (more or less) for all X applications. Autocutsel does one extra thing though, it copies the contents of the selection-buffer into the clipboard, which means that text highlighted in rxvt can be pasted into another application by CTRL-V or the menu File -> Paste. It does not work in reverse though -- you cannot copy text to the clipboard in another app then paste that into rxvt -- you have to use the traditional highlight-text then middle-button-press to paste into rxvt.

There was a report that Autocutsel does not work in 4.1, but I have just tested this and it works as expected (with the exception of a problem with Geany, described below).

Note that you do have to get the 'autocutsel' PET package out of the Puppy4 repo, not the Puppy3 repo, as the latter has a dependency on libXaw95.

Note also, there is a problem with Geany and the selection-buffer (nothing to do with autocutsel). Often if I highlight text in Geany, it does not go into the selection-buffer and cannot be pasted into rxvt. This is strange, inconsistent behaviour, and I am wondering if it has something to do with the version of Geany as I don't recall this problem before. Installing Autocutsel does not fix it. On the otherhand, I canconsistently highlight text in Abiword and paste it into rxvt.

I already rolled Geany back for Puppy 4.1, to version 0.12, as I wasn't happy with some features of 0.13. Perhaps I should test even older versions.

A note also on Autocutsel. I don't recommend it. It offer a minimal advantage (in my opinion) and has the disadvantage of adding noticeably to the background overhead of the CPU.

Posted on 17 Oct 2008, 16:48


Posted on 17 Oct 2008, 21:36 by JustGreg
My Thoughts
I use Sakura console program in place of rxvt. It is easier to use for cutting and pasting. It is bigger than rxvt, but for me, it is easier to use. It is a good replacement for rxvt.

Posted on 18 Oct 2008, 4:28 by GeoW
Neat Geany Workaround
Try this:

Open your file in Geany and highlight some text

Open a terminal and confirm that you cannot copy

Now, with the text still highlighted, in Geany


Now you can drop the text into the terminal!


Posted on 18 Oct 2008, 7:46 by BarryK
Re: Geany workaround
hey, yes, that works!