Re: [Rd] Perhaps a stupid question about clipboards....

From: Byron Ellis <>
Date: Fri 12 Jan 2007 - 19:18:02 GMT

On 1/12/07, Prof Brian Ripley <> wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Jan 2007, Byron Ellis wrote:
> X11 has two, and with an extension three, and all can be accessed via
> file().

OS X supports arbitrarily and even uniquely named pasteboards (for use as an IPC mechanism). I suppose a URI-esque "clipboard://" structure could be used to figure out what you mean with "clipboard" pointing to the "general" pasteboard.

> That is because no one has contributed it. Please do so yourself.
> When you do, please bear in the mind the convenience factor I pointed out
> earlier in this thread.

That's probably because accessing the clipboard/pasteboards without access to Objective-C is not documented and may not even be possible (pbpaste and friends link the Objective-C frameworks to get the job done). I saw that ObjC compiling has been added to R-devel so it may now be not so bad...

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