Removing of single/selection of clipoard items

Bug #1594142 reported by Ricky Seltzer
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I use a password manager that has the useful option of putting a password in the clipboard. Aside from clearing the whole list, is there a way to delete just the list items I select?

The delete key doesn't do it. Ubuntu 16.04 (amd64).

If not, this is a security bug.

Oliver Sauder (sao)
information type: Private Security → Public
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Oliver Sauder (sao) wrote :

Currently it is not possible to delete one single item.

It is possible however through the "Security & Privacy" feature to clear data by time or also exclude application such as password managers not to store any data.

See blog post for more details:

Deleting single or selection item has been proposed as plugin in Blueprint

Marking this issue as wishlist therefore.

Changed in diodon:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
summary: - Cannot remove single item from list: Such as a password.
+ Removing of single/selection of clipoard items
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dajare (dajare) wrote :

There is a way to do this which is *fairly* simple. It could be seen as a "workaround", although deleting a single item from the history-list ought (I believe) to be a standard feature of "the best integrated clipboard manager for the Gnome/Unity desktop". ;-)

Since Diodon uses Zeitgeist to store values, you can find the sqlite database, and remove the value from the "text" table. On my installation, the database is found at `/home/me/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite`. I use "DB Browser for SQLite" anyway, so I open the db with it, go to "Browse Data" tab, load the "text" table from the dropdown, locate the line I wish to delete, either by scrolling (newest at bottom), or using the quick filter.

It might sound like a lot, but it only takes a minute, and if you REALLY want to clear a value, this is a pretty painless way to do it.

It would STILL be best for clear-selected-clip to be an out-of-the-box feature of Diodon, though ... seven years after this "bug" was first posted. :-o

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Oliver Sauder (sao) wrote :

Thanks dajare for posting this workaround.

There has been a plugin at which offered support for deleting items. Not sure whether that still works.

I welcome any contribution though implementing this as a PR on

It would be best offered as a plugin and the code base of the plugin above might be a starting point.

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