I'd like to replicate tmux copy-mode without using a multiplexer.

As far as I know xterm does not have this capability. Do other terminal emulators support such mode?

An example:

  • Ctrl-[ to enter copy-mode
  • vi cursor motions (e.g. ? to search backwards)
  • v - begin selection
  • y - yank as X11 selection (shared between windows)
  • p - paste from X11 selection

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Possibly the only one capable of this is Termite.


Keyboard Selection Feature


Doesn't Have:

It looks like majority of terminals are based on VTE, so patching VTE here - https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=78291 - is a way to make it feature generally available for developers.

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