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Everybody uses the general OS X clipboard, which can programmatically accessed with pbcopy -general and pbpaste -general. However I noticed that the manpage of pbcopy and pbpaste also mention:

  • -find pasteboard
  • -font pasteboard
  • -ruler pasteboard

Which all seem to function. But how can they be accessed outside of the terminal? And if not, why do they have these descriptive names?

I also noticed that there is yet another clipboard in OS X. Go to the start of a line of text and press ctrl + K. Now go somewhere else and press ctrl + Y. You just yanked some text from a clipboard which is none of the above, as they are all still intact. What's up with that?

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