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(52/231) 1909025 - OSX: text dragged to other app mistakenly dropped into jEdit

jEdit often gets into a state where drag and drop from jEdit to another application does not work properly.

In this state, if I select some text in jEdit and drag/drop it to another application, then the text is pasted in BOTH the other application and into jEdit. The insertion point in jEdit is not generally near the text that was highlighted and dragged, but is at or near the line where the document was last edited.

Just to be clear, let me say that again. I'm dragging text OUT of jEdit and dropping it into another application, but it is mistakenly also dropped back into the jEdit document.

I"m using jEdit version 4.2pre12, Java 1.5.0_13, under OS-X Leopard. The problem has existed for a long time however, e.g. under Tiger too.


Submitted psb6 - 2008-03-06 - 20:17:12z Assigned evanpw
Priority 5 Category editor core
Status Open Group normal bug
Resolution None Visibility No


2011-12-04 - 20:44:06z
How do you get it into such a state? I couldn't reproduce this with current trunk or with 4.2pre12.
2011-12-05 - 22:09:53z
Hello Evan,

Over many years, I've never been able to drag a selection out of jEdit and drop into another app without jEdit modifying the document. This behavior persists in my current version of jEdit, which is 4.3.1 using Java 1.6.0_29 under OS-X 10.6.8. The problem is not limited to a specific destination app receiving the drop.

Presumably, only a small fraction of jEdit users have whatever configuration is causing the problem; if it was common you would no doubt be deluged with complaints about this one.

2011-12-11 - 15:25:05z
Could you try dragging with no plugins loaded and default settings? (You can temporarily rename your ~/Library/jEdit directory to something else). You'll probably have to re-select the "Drag and drop in text area" setting.