[HOWTO] Install GPaste clipboard manager in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (Gnome-Shell)

I am a programmer and I can’t do without a clipboard manager. If you have never used a clipboard manager before, you don’t know what a great tool you are missing. GPaste is an excellent clipboard tool for Gnome-Shell, however it is neither available in Ubuntu repository, nor in any PPA (as of now). Here is how you can compile it. Open up the terminal and get going.

Install Dependencies

sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-dev libglib2.0-dev intltool automake autoconf valac git libdee-dev gnome-tweak-tool

Download Source

cd; git clone https://github.com/Keruspe/GPaste.git

Compile and Install

cd;cd GPaste
./configure --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

Restart Gnome-Shell
To restart, press Alt+F2, enter ‘r’ (without quotes) and press enter.

Enable GPaste Extension
To enable extension, open up Alt+F2>gnome-tweak-tool (or Activities>Applications>Other>Advanced Settings) and enable GPaste under Shell Extensions.
Enable GPaste with gnome-tweak-tool

You should now see GPaste icon in the top panel. However, it may give the following error message:

(Couldn’t connect to GPaste daemon)

For this, add the GPaste daemon in startup as “gpaste –daemon” in StartUP applications and reboot.

  • Keruspe

    Hi, thank you for this stuff, a little detail, though, if you pass –sysconfdir=/etc  to configure, you won’t have to add the daemon to the session startup manually as you do, it will all be automatic 🙂

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