scrollable terminal emulator

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Thu May 5 12:47:04 PDT 2016

I have found out how :)  thank you very much for pointing the way.

Copying from xterm to another application :

When you highlight something in xterm, it gets copied to your primary
buffer. The only way to paste something from your primary buffer is to
click your scroll (on your scroll mouse) or click your left and right
keys of your mouse simultaneously.

ctrl-v pastes from your clipboard. xterm does not recognise the
clipboard and nor does it recognise the keys ctrl-v. Hence, the
conventional copy-paste method does not work.

I would recommend you try the following -
(a) Open xterm and select (highlight) the text you want to copy
(b) Go to the application where you want to paste the text. Hover your
mouse above the place where you want to paste.
(c) Click your scroll button on your mouse.

One should be very careful about the primary buffer. Being very
volatile, any higlighting will erase the buffer of its previous
contents. For instance, an alt-d (in firefox) will replace the
contents of your primary buffer with the url of your opened tab.

Copying from another application to xterm :

Most other applications, the process of copying to the clipboard
results in copying to the primary buffer as well. For instance, when
we wish to copy (for instance) the url opened in a certain tab, we do
the following -
(a) Open the tab and highlight the url (a ctrl-a or alt-d, etc)
(b) Click ctrl-c to copy the string
Here, in step (a), we write to the primary buffer and in step (b), we
write to the clipboard.

Thus, when we wish to copy some text and paste it in xterm, all we
need to do is select the text (highlight it) and move your cursor to
xterm and click the scroll button.
(Note : We don't need to do a ctrl-c!)

If you wish to fiddle around a little more with your xterm
keybindings, etc., this article might help you -
It certainly helped me a lot!


Best Regards.


On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM, Antonio Olivares
<olivares14031 at> wrote:
> Thank you for your input :)  I can use it to paste with shift+ins, but
> if I want to copy to a webpage, using the mouse-select, I cannot paste
> anything :(
> Best Regards,
> Antonio
> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Vasily Postnicov <shamaz.mazum at> wrote:
>> Just in case, xterm is able to do all these things you want. Just
>> mouse-select to "copy", shift+ins to paste, shift pageup/pagedown to scroll.
>> 5 мая 2016 г. 21:52 пользователь "Antonio Olivares"
>> <olivares14031 at> написал:
>>> Dear dragonflyusers,
>>> Is there a scrollable terminal emulator for lumina desktop.  I just
>>> have xterm and I cannot copy/paste commands.  i like the simplicity of
>>> this desktop and want to keep it simple.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Antonio

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