Along the same Text manipulation line...

Michael Torrie torriem at
Fri Apr 13 21:14:06 MDT 2007

On Fri, 2007-04-13 at 20:54 -0600, Chris wrote:
> On 4/13/07, Paul Seamons <paul at> wrote:
> >
> > Pasting into emacs in a terminal is awful (GUI is just fine), partly
> > because
> > of the same indent issue, but worse is that the pasted characters come in
> > as
> > keystrokes which can sometimes cause the bell to sound or an error to
> > occur
> > which causes the paste to stop - or even better to jump to another
> > location
> > and continue pasting there.
> I've been pasting into emacsen graphical windows and terminal windows for
> years (decades?) and never encountered such objectionable behaviors.  Am I
> using a different terminal program than you (plain vanilla xterm), or have I
> just been lucky?  Also, what kind of windows are you pasting _from_?

You've been lucky.  A standard terminal indeed does all of the things he
said it does. If the auto-indent is turned on, then you will get a bunch
of indented lines, because the paste is coming in as keystrokes.

> Chris
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