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#1 2023-10-04 06:49:50

Mo_B
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From: Germany
Registered: 2016-03-04
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Clipboard manager recommendation

Hi,

does anybody have a recommendation for a clipboard manager on Xfce?
I was using Parcellite for years now, and found it's incomplete in some areas like it does not automatically clears the clipboard for password managers:
https://github.com/rickyrockrat/parcellite/issues/86
https://github.com/rickyrockrat/parcellite/issues/85

I would like to have a more sophisticated clipboard manager for also keeping text snippets and templates to use.

I know clipman is Xfce's default. It's quite similar to Parcellite from the feature set. Does it behave better with password managers clear requests?

Looking for lists of available clipboard managers I found:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/clipboard#Managers

That GPaste sounds promising, or is that too much Gnome related?


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#2 2023-10-04 08:28:59

Tamaranch
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Registered: 2020-12-31
Posts: 286

Re: Clipboard manager recommendation

Mo_B wrote:

I know clipman is Xfce's default. It's quite similar to Parcellite from the feature set. Does it behave better with password managers clear requests?

No, it's still a feature request: https://gitlab.xfce.org/panel-plugins/x … /issues/72
No snippets or templates either.

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#3 2023-10-04 11:29:51

eriefisher
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From: ON, Canada
Registered: 2008-10-25
Posts: 428

Re: Clipboard manager recommendation

I'm currently using clipman but I was using clipit. It may do what you want. Looks like it's now diodon.

apt show clipit
Package: clipit
Version: 1.4.4+git20190202-2
Priority: optional
Section: misc
Maintainer: Debian QA Group <packages@qa.debian.org>
Installed-Size: 326 kB
Depends: libayatana-appindicator3-1 (>= 0.2.92), libc6 (>= 2.7), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.30.0), libgtk-3-0 (>= 3.19.12), libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libx11-6, xdotool, zenity, diodon
Homepage: https://github.com/CristianHenzel/ClipIt
Tag: interface::graphical, interface::x11, role::program, scope::utility,
 uitoolkit::gtk, x11::application
Download-Size: 62.2 kB
APT-Sources: https://deb.debian.org/debian unstable/main amd64 Packages
Description: lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager (deprecated)
 Clipboard manager with features such as:
  * Save history of your last copied items
  * Search through the history
  * Global hotkeys for most used functions
  * Execute actions with clipboard items
  * Exclude specific items from history
 .
 ClipIt was forked from Parcellite and adds many bugfixes and features to the
 project.
 .
 Diodon is a replacement for ClipIt, which is no longer supported.
 .
 This package may be safely removed after the migration to Diodon is complete.

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#4 2023-10-04 11:32:27

eriefisher
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From: ON, Canada
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Posts: 428

Re: Clipboard manager recommendation

apt show diodon
Package: diodon
Version: 1.13.0-1
Priority: optional
Section: utils
Maintainer: Oliver Sauder <os@esite.ch>
Installed-Size: 1,092 kB
Depends: libdiodon0 (= 1.13.0-1), zeitgeist-core (>= 0.9.14), dconf-gsettings-backend | gsettings-backend, libayatana-appindicator3-1 (>= 0.5.3), libc6 (>= 2.4), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.46), libgtk-3-0 (>= 3.22), libpeas-1.0-0 (>= 1.1.1)
Homepage: https://launchpad.net/diodon
Tag: uitoolkit::gtk
Download-Size: 63.3 kB
APT-Sources: https://deb.debian.org/debian unstable/main amd64 Packages
Description: GTK+ Clipboard manager
 Diodon is a lightweight clipboard manager for Linux written in Vala which
 "aims to be the best integrated clipboard manager for the Gnome/Unity desktop".
 .
 Diodon features include Ubuntu indicator, clipboard sync (primary selection
 and Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V clipboard) and a zeitgeist integration for an infinite
 clipboard history.

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#5 2023-12-01 08:40:14

Mo_B
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From: Germany
Registered: 2016-03-04
Posts: 44

Re: Clipboard manager recommendation

Clipit is a fork from Parcellite which I'm currently using. Latest release was 2020.
Diodon sounds promising (Aiming to be the best integrated clipboard manager for the Unity desktop ...)
I don't see any relationship of Diodon to ClipIt.

Diodon is available on Gentoo via the inofficial gentoo-unity7 Overlay: https://github.com/c4pp4/gentoo-unity7/ … tra/diodon
It further depends on gnome-extra/zeitgeist and dev-libs/dee.
Let's see if it is not too much Unitiy depending and usable on Xfce...


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#6 2023-12-17 01:09:42

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Re: Clipboard manager recommendation

I don't use a clipboard manager myself any more: eventually, I found I resented the time I spent managing the thing. I mean, if you don't have your clipboard manager save Absolutely everything. All the time, you might as well not use one in the first place ... just curate information you want to keep in a dedicated app instead (even if some of it is only temporary and you delete it at the end of the day). Clearing it out on a daily basis was just too mindnumbingly tedious (so, I didn't) and deleting literally hundreds of old entries every couple of months was a chore I didn't relish at all. So, I gave up on the things in favour of actively curating information with apps designed for that specific purpose (Obsidian, Kiwix, that kind of thing).


But ... when I did use one, I swore by  copyQ


It's not without fault: if you're not careful (or even if you are), it will corrupt its database, taking everything with it - fairly frequent backups are essential.

In its favour, however, are:

1. It's very flexible: along with keeping a backup of clipboard activity , you can use it as a notetaker, allowing you to take and organise notes (with custom tags) in multiple categories - it doesn't handle audio/video data, so you can only save path references (not links) to those, but it will store images as well as text.

2. It's cross-platform: Windows, MacOS, Linux - learn once, use everywhere.

3. There's a portable (zero install) Windows version, meaning you can put on a USB key and take your notes and clipboard with you wherever you go (I did myself), so long as you can run it on the host; so, natively on Windows, possibly under Wine (or maybe even Bottles) on Linux - dunno about MacOS, but, if there's a way to run Windows executables there then it might work. And, even if you don't, if you keep the database on a USB key then you just plug the key into whatever host you like and use the native version to read/write it - the app might not be portable under all circumstances, but the data can be.

4. I might be misremembering this, but it's possible that it even has a 'not this item' option (a hot-key combo that means it doesn't store the specific item), but, if it did, then I clearly didn't make enough use of it to resolve my issue of needing to clear the thing out every once in a while (or actually remember whether it does in fact have that option).


As said, backups are essential and it's a good idea not to let the database get too large or contain too many entries - it's better to have dedicated databases for each category of information and simply import them alongside a general 'clipboard' category when you want to use them.

But, if you're prepared to put the time in to keep on top of things, you could do worse - it's definitely the best one I used myself (and I tried a fair few over the years).

Last edited by PseudAnonymous (2023-12-17 01:11:45)


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