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The program is called ncview. I can drag and highlight the text inside, but not even Ctrl-C allows the text to be copied for pasting. Current distribution is a Debian distribution.

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After selecting, Shift-Insert or middle click? – jasonwryan Oct 19 '11 at 22:34
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Selecting text should put that text in your primary selection buffer; this means you may be able to middle-click to paste it into another window.

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