How to copy/paste text in the UNIX terminal
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To copy - select range of text with the mouse (on some systems you may have to hit Ctrl-C or Apple-C to copy; on Linux selected text is automatically placed onto the system clipboard).
To paste into a file in the Unix command line there are three steps:
- type either "cat > file_name" or "cat >> file_name". In the first case file will be overwritten, in the second case pasted text will be appended to the file.
- actually paste - the action depends on the type of your terminal. In most cases clicking middle mouse button over the terminal screen will work. In Windows-based PUTTY ssh terminal it's right-click
- type in "end of file" command - usually Ctrl-D
Unix pipes give you extra flexibility.
For example you can append sorted copied contents to the file this way:
cat | sort >> file
or even just unique lines from the copied content:
cat | sort | uniq >> file
The pipeline can be built to your specific needs.