Earlier today I could copy/paste text from a windows text file into a cmd shell on brand new Raspberry Pi 4 running WiFi headless, accessed using VNCviewer.

After apt update, apg full-upgrade then reboot, this no longer works, like after the update, the Raspberry Pi 4 clipboard doesn't get the text whereas it did before the update.

I am using Windows 7 to VNCviewer (VNC-Viewer-5.3.2-Windows-64bit) to Raspberry Pi 4 that Raspbian Buster is running.

It still works fine for my Raspberry Pi 3. I need a clue.

  • The last VNC Viewer is : VNC-Viewer-6.19.1115-Windows.exe. You can take a look here maybe – Ephemeral Jan 4 '20 at 20:49
  • Thanks @Ephemeral... got excited.. tried all of the suggestions in link (one at a time, etc.) but unfortunately none worked. Sad thing was that copy/paste worked this AM, before doing updates. Sigh. – JamesRPI4200104 Jan 4 '20 at 21:19
  • Also on your desktop on the top bar you have the VNC icon , right click on it and go to Options and on the left you have in the menu Users and Auths... ensure you have the checkbox Copy-paste text in both directions checked for Globals Auths. (sorry i'm not english maybe your menu names differ). The menu where you can find Options – Ephemeral Jan 4 '20 at 21:41
  • Thanks again @Ephemeral. I had already checked the VNC options, Copy/Paste was enabled. Tried VNC-Viewer-6.19.1115 = same problem. – JamesRPI4200104 Jan 6 '20 at 20:03
  • Since the noted update, I had created and was using a new login, without sudo privs. Copy/Paste didn't work. Logged in as root and Copy/Paste worked again, both directions. Created new login with sudo priv and C/P worked both directions. But, even when using root login, I cant C/P from Firefox in windows to FF on Rpi4 or vice-versa. Using RPi-3B+ I can C/P from FF on RPi to FF on Windows but not the reverse. Smelling like a permissions/privledges issue but I am clueless where to look. About to give up... got a bigger issue to handle and it makes no sense either... – JamesRPI4200104 Jan 6 '20 at 20:04

As noted in my comment above, I found that copy/paste text to/from windows app from/to RPI4 app works* when the user account is setup with sudo privileges (its not necessary to actually use sudo, just have the login in the sudo group). Works when login as root too. * One exception: C/P to/from Firefox in windows from/to Firefox on RPi4 doesnt work, either direction. Moving on...

  • Please accept your own answer with a click on the tick on its left side. Only this will finish the question and it will not pop up again year for year. – Ingo Jan 12 '20 at 13:50

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