Emacs: Sync Copy/Paste Clipboards with Linux X11

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

In Linux, if copy/paste doesn't work with other apps, you can add this:

;; after copy Ctrl+c in Linux X11, you can paste by `yank' in emacs
(setq x-select-enable-clipboard t)

;; after mouse selection in X11, you can paste by `yank' in emacs
(setq x-select-enable-primary t)

In X11, there are 2 major copy/paste mechanisms:

The primary selection and clipboard are independent.


If you want to sync X11's “primary selection” and “clipboard” always, see: Linux: Sync X11 Primary Selection and Clipboard