On 02-Feb-2018 13:13, David Mathog wrote:
I seem to recall that before this if I highlighted a region in an
xterm window, then moved to another X11 application window, and center
clicked, it would paste the highlighted text.  However, if nothing was
highlighted in the last window, nothing would paste.  My memory may be
faulty on this issue though, as I never paid a lot of attention to it
before it started misbehaving.

That wasn't right, but cut/paste is slightly different between "on the console" and "over putty ssh tunnel with X11 Server on Windows".

On an XFCE4 ubuntu system console this is what happens:

I'm guessing this means a non-X terminal?

That is a regular X11 server, xorg 1.15.1.  It just acts differently in that it was possible to "select nothing".

Hmm... I'm not sure what to make of that.

In my brief testing, the behaviour does seem to vary with different terminals: terminator doesn't let you select an empty region, lxterm empties the selection (your expected behaviour), and xterm/rxvt don't change the selection.

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