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On 06/03/2018 04:09 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 20:50 29/05/2018 +0000, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I am starting to experience more copy/paste issues similar to those 
described by Thomas. I am using LO with Linux Mint 18.

Today, I was working in Impress. I've been copying and pasting text 
from one slide to another within a single Impress presentation file. 
Every now and then, the copy function <Ctrl-C> does not copy the new 
text, so that when I press <Ctrl-V>, instead of getting the text I 
just copied, I get a previous copy. It also happened when I tried 
copying text from another program (LyX) into my LO Impress.

I have to say that the simplest explanation of this for both of you - 
and consequently the one recommended by Occam - is still that your 
copy operation - using Ctrl+C - failed to happen. Keyboards do fail or 
become unreliable, so this would hardly be surprising. Pardon my 
asking this, but when did you last remove dust, cat hair, biscuit 
crumbs, paper clips, and so on from your keyboard? Gravity is 
effective at adding these items. Do you use the "C" key often? Are you 
perhaps a member of the Caius College Cambridge Cricket Club?

Here's a suggestion. When you use Ctrl+C you see no feedback of the 
process. In other words, the behaviour is exactly the same whether the 
operation has succeeded or failed, so you cannot tell. This is 
different from using Edit | Copy, where the Edit menu disappears when 
the click is successful, but not otherwise. Similarly, using 
right-click | Copy, the context menu disappears only when your click 
is successful. Just test by using either of these techniques instead. 
If you can reproduce the problem with the *Copy* operation performed 
in either of these ways, there may be some underlying software 
problem; if not, your Ctrl+C is simply not working.

Thank you for the suggestions. As to the dirty keyboard, that doesn't 
seem to be the problem. If it were a bad "C" key, I would have problems 
just typing "C" which I don't. If it were a dirty Ctrl key, then I'd 
have a whole host of other problems with Ctrl key combinations, which I 
don't. But, to be safe, I'll clean it out real well, as it has been a while.

I had also tried your other suggestion. This was a few days ago when I 
first reported the problem. What happened then, if I recall correctly, 
is that I was experiencing the copy/paste problems using the keyboard. I 
then tried selecting text and, using my touchpad, I clicked on the Edit 
menu. At that point, the "Cut" and "Copy" options were greyed out. It's 
as if the program didn't recognize that I had even selected the text. I 
believe at the time, I just closed out of LO and restarted it and all 
was well, and since I sent that email, I haven't had any additional 
copy/paste issues.

So, I'll just keep an eye on things to see if the problem comes up 
again. If/when it does, I'll take some very good notes about what I'm 
doing and see if I can figure out some consistent reproducible 
behaviors. As it stands, this just may have just been a one-off 
occurrence that may never repeat itself. I was just excited at the time 
to be able to confirm what Thomas was experiencing.


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