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There are plenty of examples how to copy the "contents" of a file from command line with the help of xclip or xsel. What I am looking for is to copy a file from the command line and paste into the file explorer. So I will use a command to copy a file, not only the contents, and use Ctrlv to paste it in UI.

updated xclip-copyfile and xclip-pastefile work close to what I expect, but when I run xclip-copyfile, I can only paste with xclip-pastefile command, not GUI paste.

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I'm not sure what you actually mean when you refer to "contents" and "file". Eg, xsel and xclip do not copy the contents of a file. From man xsel "DESCRIPTION: Retrieve and set the X selection"... Do you mean that you want to copy a filename to the clipboard and then use Ctrl-v in the File Browser's GUI to actually copy that file (ie. the filename and the file's contents) into the browser's current directory? – Peter.O Jun 29 '12 at 13:51
yes Peter. i meant what you mean. i am not sure when the file is actually "opened" when you do GUI copy/paste. But most likely, only file ref is copied into clip, when you paste then source file is opened and copied to target. Xsel xclip examples i found, opens file and copies content and expects you to paste content into a file editor. – mert inan Jun 29 '12 at 18:22
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I use Nautilus, in Ubuntu, as my File Browser, so I can't speak for any other browser.
The way in which Nautilus handles pasting a file via Ctrl-v is quite local to Nautilus, ie. Nautilus only recognizes Ctrl-v as paste a file in response to a copy file command which was issued while in nautilus itself. This means that you can't use Ctrl-v to paste a file whose path you copied in another application.

However, if it suits you, Ctrl+Shift+v can be bound to a script which runs under nautilus-scripts-manager. With this script, you can do pretty much whatever you like.

nautilus-scripts-manager gives you access to some fundamental information about the current directory and which files/directories are selected. One thing I particularly like about "nautilus-scripts" is that it adds its scripts to the File menu item (as well as to the context-menu). This allows you to set a key-binding which is local to Nautilus 3 or Nautilus 2.

Here is a rough example, using your already mentioned xclip-pastefiles example. Note, that as it stands now, it requires that you set up the xclip-copyfiles before running this Ctrl-Shift-v paste script.
Once you have run the setup xclip-copyfiles, you need only navigate to a Nautilus window, and selcet the target directory (or a file in that directory) and press your script's keybinding: Ctrl-Shift-v

# Note: `leafpad' is a simple text editor which doubles as a quick-and-easy testing messsage-box

if [[ -n "$dir" ]] ;then
    # target dir from `Nautilus Scripts' (1st priority)    
    if [[ -e "$dir" ]] ;then
       [[ -d "$dir" ]] || dir="${dir%/*}" 
       [[ -d "$dir" ]] || dir=
  # target dir from $1 (2nd priority)
    if [[ -e "$dir" ]] ;then
       [[ -d "$dir" ]] || dir="${dir%/*}" 
       [[ -d "$dir" ]] || dir=

if [[ -z "$dir" ]] ;then
    # target dir from clipboard (if not in $NAUTILUS_SCRIPT.. or  $1)
   dir="$(xclip -o -sel c)"
   if [[ -e "$dir" ]] ;then
      [[ -d "$dir" ]] || dir="${dir%/*}" 
      [[ -d "$dir" ]] || dir= 

[[ -d "$dir" ]] || { echo "$(basename "$0"): target directory not found in clipboard" |leafpad; exit 1; } 

{ cd   "$dir"
  echo "Current  Directory:" 
  echo "  $dir"
  echo "======="
  echo  xclip-pastefile # run your command  (`echo' is for testing)
} 2>&1 |leafpad 
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Thanks a lot Peter. worked like a charm. a couple of notes for other readers. there is nautilus-scripts-manager and there is also nautilus-script-manager. I think second one is commandline version. The scripts are executed in active windows folder, created this file "/usr/share/nautilus-scripts/paste.sh" – mert inan Jun 30 '12 at 13:01

Highlight the file name and in file explorer's location bar, just press shift+insert

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sorry i could not understand, how do i copy file? Highlight which file source? target? – mert inan Jun 29 '12 at 10:42

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