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I have been using the gnome Terminal for 3 months already, but today I can't highlight the words on the terminal suddenly. I can't do so on nedit as well. When I use the 'find' function in nedit to find a keyword, it scrolls to the right place but it doesn't highlight the word. Has anyone ever encountered this before?

Update1: when I press my mouse and move over text on nedit, I can highlight the text temporarily, but the text isn't highlighted anymore if I keep pressing and don't move

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    Is the text selected but not highlighted, i.e. can you use the selection as if it was highlighted? If so, there might be an issue with colours or the TERM setting. – Kusalananda Dec 10 '18 at 14:32
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    Is the terminal also running screen or tmux? Does pressing shift or alt make it work? – Kusalananda Dec 10 '18 at 14:49
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    I guess you have some app (may be part of the DE) which is "stealing" the selection. There are a lot of crappy little kludges floating around, all of them severly broken, supposed to "fix" (disable) the middle button pasting or to "streamline" the cut&pasting -- but I've never used any of them; I'm sorry I cannot help you with more, but If you're using any of them, disable it. – pizdelect Dec 10 '18 at 14:56
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    @hk56740 it can be part of the DE (gnome). To eliminate all doubt, try running another Xorg server (eg. Xephyr :1), run nedit in it (DISPLAY=:1 nedit), and see if it behaves the same. – pizdelect Dec 10 '18 at 15:49
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    hk56740, when you respond to comments, please do not make another comment; instead, click on edit and enhance your original question by expanding it to address the comment. That way, everyone can see your response. – K7AAY Dec 10 '18 at 18:17

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