vis-clipboard - Man Page

Read from or write to the system clipboard

Synopsis

vis-clipboard--usable
vis-clipboard--copy
vis-clipboard--paste

Description

vis-clipboard wraps various system-specific tools for interacting with a system clipboard, like xsel(1) for X11, pbcopy(1) for Mac OS X, and /dev/clipboard on Cygwin.

vis-clipboard can run in three different ways, depending on the flag given on the command-line.

--usable

In this mode, vis-clipboard looks for a way to interface with the system clipboard. If it finds one, it terminates with exit code 0. If no interface to the system clipboard is available, it terminates with exit code 1.

--copy

In this mode, vis-clipboard reads the content of standard input, and stores it in the system clipboard.

--paste

In this mode, vis-clipboard reads the content of the system clipboard, and writes it to standard output.

Environment

The following environment variables affect the operation of vis-clipboard:

DISPLAY

If non-empty, vis-clipboard will prefer to access the X11 clipboard even if other options are available.

Exit Status

The vis-clipboard utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs. When run with the --usable flag, an exit status of 0 means that it found a supported system-specific tool, while 1 means that clipboard access is not available.

Examples

Test whether clipboard access is available:

if vis-clipboard --usable; then
	echo "Clipboard access available"
else
	echo "No clipboard"
fi

Copy a friendly greeting to the clipboard:

echo "Hello, World" | vis-clipboard --copy

Send the current contents of the system clipboard to be recorded and analyzed:

vis-clipboard --paste | curl -d - https://www.nsa.gov/

See Also

pbcopy(1), pbpaste(1), vis(1), xclip(1), xsel(1)

Referenced By

vis(1).

November 29, 2016