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In an interactive shell session, how do I copy to clipboard text that was cut with Ctrl+U? Without using the mouse, obviously. Thus making it available for other GUI applications, instead of pastable only with Ctrl+Y only in the terminal where the Ctrl+U was issued.

Update: added bash tag to cover answers involving bash-only solutions.

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  • You get your binding to run xclip or similar. Feb 9, 2018 at 22:35
  • ^Y does not remove text; it yanks what was last killed and "pastes" it. Did you mean ^W, ^U, ^K, M-D, and the like?
    – DopeGhoti
    Feb 9, 2018 at 22:40
  • Thanks, DopeGhoti. That was a strange mistake. I updated my post.
    – argle
    Feb 10, 2018 at 8:57
  • I don't think readline has that capacity. Bash does. Do you want this in bash or in some other program? Feb 10, 2018 at 9:02
  • @Gilles Bash is absolutely fine.
    – argle
    Feb 10, 2018 at 9:03

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