When I copy text from the terminal, I can paste it into the terminal with no problem. I can also paste it into Firefox or TextEdit.

When I try to paste it into my Apple Mail, I get:

Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)

This is something I had in my clipboard a while back—days ago. That day, I was having trouble pasting into Firefox when I copied from Terminal (and instead got the same text noted above). But it doesn't seem localized to Terminal after all.

Right now when I copy text from Apple Mail, I can paste that text back into Apple Mail or into anywhere else. But text copied from anywhere but Apple Mail can't be pasted into Apple Mail; attempting to do so will instead paste into Apple Mail the same text that was last copied in Apple Mail.

I don't even know where to start to try to debug this or see what is causing it. How can I fix this?

(I'll post the output of any diagnostic commands that anyone can suggest.)

  • If cmd/v doesn't work, try ctrl/y instead. Let us know what happens. – Tetsujin Dec 29 '15 at 10:18
  • @Tetsujin, it is very mysteriously working again...but I only posted this question after it happened for the second time, so I expect it will come back at some point. When it does, I'll try Ctrl-y and report what happens. Thanks. :) – Wildcard Dec 31 '15 at 6:22
  • @Tetsujin, it just happened again. Ctrl-y pastes some other text that I had just deleted in the Mail app itself, while Cmd-V pastes the last text I had copied in Mail. But I can't paste text from LibreOffice to Mail, and I can't paste text from Mail to LibreOffice. Actually it looks like the Mail clipboard is the system-wide one, since I can paste from Mail into other places. I'll try restarting LibreOffice. – Wildcard Jan 6 '16 at 19:19

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