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Access klipper clipboard on CLI under KDE4 (August 04, 2012)

NOTE: find most recent version on github:

Here’s a little script you can save in your path and do things like

    # paste current clipboard into file
    clipboard > "some_file"
    # copy some file into clipboard
    cat "some_file" | clipboard

Actually I find it rather useful so I thought I should share it.

    # Access your KDE 4 klipper on the command line
    # usage:
    #  ./clipboard
    #    will output current contents of klipper
    #  echo "foobar" | ./clipboard
    #    will put "foobar" into your clipboard/klipper
    # check for stdin
    if ! tty -s && stdin=$(</dev/stdin) && [[ "$stdin" ]]; then
      # get the rest of stdin
      # oh, nice - user input! we set that as current
      # clipboard content
      qdbus org.kde.klipper /klipper setClipboardContents "$stdin"
    # if we reach this point no user input was given and we
    # print out the current contents of the clipboard
    qdbus org.kde.klipper /klipper getClipboardContents

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