Ubuntu 17.10: clipboard contents lost if app is closed (Wayland)

Bug #1725888 reported by dennygoot@gmail.com on 2017-10-22
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu 17.10 has no functioning clipboard manager. This means that if you copy something from an application, and then close that application before pasting it elsewhere, it's lost.

For now I was able to fix this issue by installing parcellite.

Also, there should be a better way to add a bug report to launchpad than fudging it like i had to, but I brought this up as a bug before, to no joy.


Steps to reproduce this issue:
1. Install 17.10, boot to desktop
2. Open two applications, let's use a terminal and a browser for example
3. Copy the hostname string from the terminal, paste it to the browser
4. Close the terminal, try to paste the string to the browser again.

Expected result:
* Both step 3 and 4 should work as expected.

Actual result:
* Only step 3 works, after the application was close, the content in your clipboard will lost.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: ubuntu-release-upgrader-core 1:17.10.7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
CrashDB: ubuntu
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Sat Oct 21 20:57:29 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-10-20 (2 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Release amd64 (20171018)
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: ubuntu-release-upgrader
Symptom: release-upgrade
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

dennygoot@gmail.com (dennygoot) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please answer these questions:
* Is this reproducible?
* If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug?

This will help us to find and resolve the problem.

affects: ubuntu-release-upgrader (Ubuntu) → gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
dennygoot@gmail.com (dennygoot) wrote :

I have re-created it on another machine. It seems the steps neccessary to reproduce this is simply to install the operating system. Neither machine had a functional clipboard manager.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

I think this issue is specific to running on GNOME on Wayland.

tags: added: wayland
summary: - Ubuntu 17.10 has no clipboard manager
+ Ubuntu 17.10: clipboard contents lost if app is closed (Wayland)
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

what do you copy between what and what and how?

dennygoot@gmail.com (dennygoot) wrote :

I can add this, this is a completely fresh install as of just three or four days ago via the 17.10 iso. there should be then no trace of Unity, of I am not mistaken. So i think I can attest to this being a gnome issue via wayland. again, simply installing parcellite suffices, as long as you don't mind the parcellite icon constantly being on the top right. but a clipboard manager is really a necessary thing these days if you work on your nix box like I do.

dennygoot@gmail.com (dennygoot) wrote :

Sebastian Bacher, copying between any two programs currently doesn't work unless both programs stay open. i.e., if I open a text editor and copy the contents, then close the text editor and go to another program (or the same text editor), the copied data will be gone. that's why you need a clipboard manager.

dennygoot@gmail.com (dennygoot) wrote :

I gave all the information needed. not incomplete.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → New
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Po-Hsu Lin (cypressyew) on 2018-01-31
description: updated
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