I'm running spacemacs v.0.200.9 on emacs v.25.1.1, on macOS 10.11 and 10.12. And I'm not happy with how the clipboard works between the OS and emacs.

Here's the behaviour I'd expect:

  • [X] Cmd + c in the OS then Cmd + v in emacs pastes whatever was copied
  • [X] Cmd + c in emacs then Cmd + v in OS pastes whatever was copied
  • [ ] d or x in emacs does not copy to the OS clipboard

At the moment, any use of d or x in emacs (yes, this is evil) modifies the clipboard. I would like this behaviour to disappear. I would be ready to have special keys combos to copy from emacs or paste in emacs to achieve this.

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    @lawlist Thank you for your suggestion, I've amended the title to - hopefully - better reflect that it appears it's about shortcuts after all.
    – basbabybel
    Feb 16, 2018 at 16:27
  • I can't quite tell from your question - do you want to keep the system clipboard separate from the kill ring? If so there's a good package for that.
    – mclear
    Feb 17, 2018 at 6:51
  • @mclear this worked beautifully. If you want to pop it into a proper answer I will mark it as accepted. Thank you!
    – basbabybel
    Feb 20, 2018 at 22:19

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Simpleclip seems like what you need. From the docs: simpleclip-mode radically simplifies clipboard handling: the system clipboard and the Emacs kill ring are made completely independent, and never influence each other.

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