cut and paste doesn't work

Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty
Thu Jan 21 09:11:15 GMT 2021

On 21/01/2021 07:34, KAVALAGIOS Panagiotis (EEAS-EXT) wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Cygwin <> On Behalf Of Thomas Wolff
>> Sent: 21 January 2021 02:08
>> Am 20.01.2021 um 21:31 schrieb Wojciech Puchar:
>>> trying to mark text in cygwin windows by mouse doesn't work at all.
>>> Windows 10.
>>> The same cygwin 64 installation on windows 7 works properly.
>>> It was installed to windows 10 host by simply copying whole c:\cygwin
>>> directory.
>>> Everything works except cut&paste.
>> What does `ls -l /dev/clipboard` say?
>> Copying the filesystem rather than installing loses some special file
>> properties, especially in the /dev folder.
>> Not sure whether it's possible to fix that with `mknod`.
> There might be other problems as well. Symlinks are also going to be affected. We couldn't find a reliable solution back in Win7 to simply copy Cygwin installation by preserving the symlinks in a zip archive.
> I would strongly advise to perform a normal installation and simply copy only the contents of your Cygwin home directory (C:\Cygwin\home\<username>). It will be quicker that trying to identify and fix all the possible issues.
> Panos

NB: I don't think I have this problem, but I do seem to have an
unrelated problem where as soon as I select any text in mintty it
immediately replaced my clipboard contents which that selection. This is
very annoying, because when copying text to mintty I frequently click
and drag a small amount of text by accident.

Is this configurable somehow?


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