I'm using i3 and normally I can copy text between windows no problem but if I close the window where the text is copied from before pasting the clipboard seems to get cleared.

Any ideas on how I can fix this?

Update: Found that this happens with terminal but not with firefox.

  • Does this happen with every application that you copied text from? I sometimes experience similar behaviour, but I think it's only a few applications that do this.
    – Wieland
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 9:13
  • @wieland I think you're right because I only noticed with terminal and now that I try with Firefox it should. Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 13:24

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I found out that having a clipboard manager application (like clipit) fixes this issue.

  • That's true. Just to give reasoning to it: Managing a clipboard is not the job of a window manager, but of a clipboard manager.
    – Trollwut
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 14:59

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