If I try to copy a large file (around 30K) to clipboard with xsel (or xclip), the copy operation fails and the content of clipboard remains unchanged. If it's a hard limit in X11, is there any way to increase this limit, upto a couple of MB?

  • No, there's no such limit. X11 clients may send selection data of any size via the INCR ("incremental") mechanism. If xsel or xclip don't support that, it's because they're buggy. – mosvy Nov 30 '19 at 11:09

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