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Christopher Bull

Aspiring Oceanographer at the British Antarctic Survey. Big data python enthusiast. Outdoor adventurer.

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Do you remember the moment when you realised in Linux that clicking the mouse wheel pasted selected text? I had a similar reveleation when I discovered xclip recently, a handy utility for pushing text into the clipboard. I’m forever copying and pasting paths from SSH sessions so here’s a bash function that does the work for you…

function clipit() #clipit path 
    if [[ ( $# -eq 0 ) || ( $1 == "--help" ) || ( $1 == "-h" ) ]] ; then
        echo "Usage: clipit FILENAME_PATHNAME" 
        echo "Purpose: gets full path of file or path and places in clipboard." 
        echo "       " 
        echo "Requires: xclip" 
        echo "       " 
        echo "Mandatory arguments: " 
        echo "FILENAME_PATHNAME: path to folder or file" 
        echo "       " 
        echo "Example." 
        echo "clipit filename.txt" 
        echo "       " 
        echo "becomes:       " 
        echo "readlink -e filename.txt|tr -d '\n'|xclip -selection c"

        return 1
  readlink -e ${1}|tr -d '\n'|xclip -selection c

If you’re got apt-get and sudo rights, then you can install xclip with:

sudo apt-get install xclip

If you don’t have either of the above, then you can compile from source with (defaults to the slow but likely available GNU compiler):

wget wget
tar -xvf xclip-0.12.tar.gz
mv xclip-0.12 xclip
cd xclip
./configure --prefix=$HOME/xclip

Seems like a bit of work but it’s pretty quick. And then, once compiled, add the following to your ~/.bashrc…

#add xclip to the end of bash path

This assumes that you compiled in ~/xclip/ as above. Happy speedy copy/pasting!

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