I installed xfce4-screenshooter-plugin on my xfce VirtualBox Debian 8 and. with use of xfce4-screenshooter --help I bound PrScr and Ctrl + PrScr to capture full screen and active window screenshots respectively:

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This can be done in Settings->Keyboard->Application Shortcuts. However when I use this, as well as when I just run the command, clipboard contains data that neither MSPaint on real machine (I'm using VirtualBox), nor GIMP (running in the VirtualBox) can process. When I paste, I get loading cursor animation. MSPaint eventually shows this dialog:

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GIMP just silently fails and pastes nothing. ClipMan, however, has no problem reading the image and showing it in history:

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If I click that history item, the image is no longer corrupted and can be pasted in both image editors.

I just wonder: what's wrong? Is there something I need to configure or is just the plugin broken?


Based on comments I tried another plugin, this is output of Gnome screenshot utility:

XXXXX@debianvirtualbox:~/$ gnome-screenshot -w -c
** Message: Unable to use GNOME Shell's builtin screenshot interface, resorting to fallback X11.

Again, nothing appeared in clipboard. However if I copy something before triggering the command it's gone when it terminates.

  • Have you tried Ctrl+Shift+V to paste as a new image in gimp? I doubt it will make a difference but you may as well try. Could it be that ClipMan is the problem? Have you tried pasting when ClipMan is not running?
    – terdon
    Oct 1, 2015 at 12:35
  • ClipMan is not causing the issue and is only workaround so far (just tested). But now, after restarting clipman, I can't get any screenshots in clipboard at all. Neither after shuting it down again. Oct 1, 2015 at 13:03
  • Strange. Perhaps Xfce is using the wrong clipboard and can't deal with complex data. Do you have the same issue with another screenshot program, gnome-screenshot for example?
    – terdon
    Oct 1, 2015 at 13:05
  • @terdon gnome doesn't work either. I noticed that although it doesn't put image in clipboard it manages to clean it. Oct 1, 2015 at 15:18
  • Can you edit your question to make it more ovvious what is runningwhere? (Paint, GIMP, ClipMan, xfce-screenshooter, ...) Oct 19, 2015 at 13:01

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You could use a temporary file and then feed that to a new Gimp process, like this:

xfce4-screenshooter -w --open /usr/bin/gimp

(screenshooter will create a file in /tmp and pass the filename as argument to gimp)

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