I select some text in an UXTerm window. Then I go to another window and press
Ctrl + V. It pastes something completely different from what I just selected/copied.
So now I press
Home to select the input text to
Delete it, and then press the middle mouse button to paste the actual text I had selected. But now it just re-pastes the same stuff that I just “selected”, erasing the text that I actually wanted to paste.
This madness keeps happening constantly. Some programs use
Ctrl + C and others use “select text” to mean “copy”, and similarly, some programs use
Ctrl + V while others use middle mouse button to paste. This is extremely confusing and annoying, and causes endless problems and anger for me.
I’ve several times tried to talk to Linux people about this problem, but never get any sensible replies. Maybe somebody here can explain why this is the case instead of having a unified, sane, single way of copying and pasting text.
Also, oftentimes, if I close the program from which I copied a text (by either method), it forgets whatever I copied! Why does the clipboard clear just because a window has been closed? Who thought that this was a good design choice?
This is one of the truly “core” parts of using a computer in my world, and the fact that it’s this broken severely cripples me. It was the same thing in XFCE, too, from what I can remember. So maybe it’s not even related to KDE Plasma.
Is there some way to disable this entirely in KDE Plasma (X11) and force
Ctrl + V for pasting? I get that sometimes, such as in a terminal,
Ctrl + C is already occupied to mean something else, so in that case, I can accept that selecting text means copying, but it needs to otherwise be consistent and reliable and not dependent on the “source program” still being open!