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Cut and paste problems on Linux on a text virtual console no longer works

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From: "Dr. Michael L. Dowling" <Mike.Dowling@HIDDEN>
To: bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN
Subject: Cut and paste problems on Linux on a text virtual console no longer
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I don't believe that emacs can send this report as my ISP expects SASL to=
 port 578.  I therefore
send it using an appropriately configured "mutt" as user agent.

The Report:

If I  use X-windows, there is  no problem with cutting  and pasting from
outside an emacs  buffer into an emacs buffer and  vice versa.  But this
no  longer works  when  in a  text  console.  When  on  a Linux  virtual
console, pasting into an emacs buffer results in the message:

"No selection available"

in the mini-buffer.   Conversely, marking text in  an emacs buffer and pa=
sting  into a virtual
console yields no error, but it does not paste.

I have been using Linux and emacs for decades,  and this used to work unt=
il recently, but just
how recently, I cannot say, probably a month or two.

I've  searched the  Internet, but  the only  mention  of something  simil=
ar said  that it  was
fundamentally impossible, but this  is not true.  I've been using that  f=
eature for years.  (I
had the impression  that the author was using Windows  and wanted to cut
and paste to and to and from a DOS box.)

I use Arch Linux with the latest packages updated every day.  Nothing sel=
f compiled.

My tests were as follows:

  1. Try emacs -q -- still does not work.
  2. Set up a new user with no special  environment, just out of the box.=
  No .emacs file, and
     no bash init files.  Same behaviour.
  3. Now  the strange bit: login  using my normal userid  "mike" and chan=
ge user  to the newly
     created user "joe", and cut and paste works for joe.  ("su - joe" wa=
s used for that.)
  4. Logout, and log back in again as joe (no su -; joe logs in from the
     text terminal), cut and paste no longer works for joe, But change us=
er user
     using "su - mike", and it works for mike!
  5. Is it a shell problem?  Change shell to zsh, same behaviour.
  6. Login as mike  or joe, and call the bash  again.  Now I'm not in a  =
login shell, but same
     behaviour, no cut and paste.

I cannot say for sure that this is an emacs  problem.  It could be a Linu=
x problem, or an Arch
Linux problem.   It might even  be a shell  problem, although with  the a=
bove tests  that seem

In GNU Emacs 25.3.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.19)
 of 2017-09-16 built on juergen
Windowing system distributor 'The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.1190500=
Configured using:
 'configure   --prefix=3D/usr    --sysconfdir=3D/etc   --libexecdir=3D/us=
 --localstatedir=3D/var  --with-x-toolkit=3Dgtk3  --with-xft  --with-modu=
 'CFLAGS=3D-march=3Dx86-64 -mtune=3Dgeneric -O2 -pipe -fstack-protector-s=
 -fno-plt'                                  CPPFLAGS=3D-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=3D=

Configured features:

Important settings:
  value of $LC_CTYPE: en_NZ.UTF-8
  value of $LC_MONETARY: en_IE.UTF-8
  value of $LC_TIME: en_DK.UTF-8
  value of $LANG: en_NZ.UTF-8
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix

Major mode: Lisp Interaction

Minor modes in effect:
  Info-breadcrumbs-in-mode-line-mode: t
  icicle-mode: t
  diff-auto-refine-mode: t
  shell-dirtrack-mode: t
  on-screen-global-mode: t
  display-time-mode: t
  global-highlight-parentheses-mode: t
  highlight-parentheses-mode: t
  minibuffer-depth-indicate-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  global-eldoc-mode: t
  eldoc-mode: t
  electric-indent-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  column-number-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent messages:
Function icicle-repeat-complex-command is already compiled
Turning OFF Icicle mode...done
Turning ON Icicle mode...done
Turning OFF Icicle mode...done
Turning ON Icicle mode...done
Turning ON Icicle mode...done
Appointment reminders enabled (no diary file found)
Loading /usr/share/emacs/25.3/lisp/textmodes/table.elc...done
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.
Computing completion candidates...

Load-path shadows:
None found.

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Memory information:
((conses 16 523402 14043)
 (symbols 48 51189 1)
 (miscs 40 664 299)
 (strings 32 129144 19036)
 (string-bytes 1 3827730)
 (vectors 16 68310)
 (vector-slots 8 1193079 2274)
 (floats 8 557 274)
 (intervals 56 370 0)
 (buffers 976 106))

Dr. Michael L. Dowling
Gau=C3=9Fstr. 27
38106 Braunschweig

Dr. Michael L. Dowling
Gau=C3=9Fstr. 27
38106 Braunschweig

Acknowledgement sent to "Dr. Michael L. Dowling" <Mike.Dowling@HIDDEN>:
New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN. Full text available.
Report forwarded to bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN:
bug#29357; Package emacs. Full text available.
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