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I actually did not know about xclip, I wrote the utility to use it, not as
an exercise.  Thanks for the link.

Do you have any other favorite command line utilities?

Thanks,
Dan Finnie

On 1/3/08, Chad Perrin <perrin / apotheon.com> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 06:09:58AM +0900, dfinnie wrote:
> > I've been doing a lot of Python for Google's Highly Open Participation
> > contest lately but finally found the time to make a utility I thought
> > of a few weeks ago.  Basically, it allows you to pipe to and from the
> > clipboard on the command line.  Example:
> >
> > daniel@daniel-desktop:~$ echo 'ruby' | clipboard
> > daniel@daniel-desktop:~$ clipboard
> > ruby
> > daniel@daniel-desktop:~$
>
> I'm not saying you shouldn't write this utility -- I've been known to
> duplicate existing utilities at times, too, sometimes with a good reason
> and sometimes for less-good reasons.  However . . .
>
> Are you aware there's a commonly available utility for this already
> called xclip?  I use it pretty extensively.
>
>   ren@kokopelli:~> echo 'ruby'|xclip
>   ren@kokopelli:~> xclip -o
>   ruby
>   ren@kokopelli:~> cat books.txt
>   Policy Made Easy
>   ren@kokopelli:~> xclip books.txt
>   ren@kokopelli:~> xclip -o
>   Policy Made Easy
>   ren@kokopelli:~>
>
> . . . et cetera.
>
> FreeBSD:
>   root@host:/> portinstall xclip
>   (assuming you use portupgrade)
>
> Debian:
>   root@host:/# apt-get install xclip
>
> If you already knew about xclip, I'm curious why you are writing what
> amounts to a Ruby replacement for it.  Are you just practicing?  Do you
> want to rewrite a bunch of utilities in Ruby kinda like the Perl Power
> Tools?  Do you dislike the xclip licensing?
>
> Feel free to refuse to cater to my idle curiosity.  I'm just nosy that
> way.
>
> --
> CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ]
> Leon Festinger: "A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him
> you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts and figures and he
> questions
> your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point."
>
>

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