After highlighting text at the command line in Gnome-Terminal with my mouse and then either (1) right-clicking to copy and paste or (2) center-clicking to paste, nothing has been copied. I can copy fine in windows of any other Linux application and paste that material into the command line, but if I try to then copy and paste something from the command window, only the most recent non-command-window text that I copied will be pasted.


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Try highlighting text in gnome-terminal and pressing ctrl+shift+c to copy it. Similarly, pressing ctrl+shift+v should paste text into gnome-terminal.

The idea is that we need the shift key too because at the command line, ctrl+c is used to abort the currently running process.

  • This does not work for me, and it is super frustrating!. When pasting (with the proposed method or with any other usual method "know to men", what's being pasted is some previous text that was copied into the clipboard, seemingly from a gVim window. Is there an explicit way to config this (RedHat 6.6 / GNOME 2.28.2 / GMONE Terminal 2.31.3, running in a remote VM window under Win10).
    – ysap
    Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 2:31

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