I got my command for Ctrl+C - c - t (i.e. invoke org-capture) slightly wrong (i.e. missed a key or something when trying to type it). I know I got it wrong because it didn't work but instead changed something in one of my open buffers slightly (sorry, I can't remember what, and I don't know what key I mistyped). Now, if I try to use Ctrl+C-c-t again, it's giving me the following debug error:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "Selection owner couldn't convert" UTF8_STRING)
  x-get-selection-internal(CLIPBOARD UTF8_STRING nil nil)
  #f(compiled-function (selection-symbol target-type &optional time-stamp terminal) #<bytecode 0x1fe12375f05f>)(CLIPBOARD UTF8_STRING)
  apply(#f(compiled-function (selection-symbol target-type &optional time-stamp terminal) #<bytecode 0x1fe12375f05f>) (CLIPBOARD UTF8_STRING))
  gui-backend-get-selection(CLIPBOARD UTF8_STRING)
  gui-get-selection(CLIPBOARD UTF8_STRING)
  funcall-interactively(org-capture nil)
  call-interactively(org-capture nil nil)

This is entirely opaque to me -- any idea what it might be and how to fix it?

  • If I do M-x org-capture the command works fine... May 20, 2021 at 13:56
  • What does C-h k C-c c t return?
    – Tyler
    May 20, 2021 at 15:23
  • I restarted my computer and it fixed itself... restarting emacs didn't seem to help on its own. Sorry, this question can be disregarded. Thanks for your help! May 25, 2021 at 17:22
  • It happens! Strange that restarting Emacs didn't help. That should be the same as restarting your computer, unless you're running Emacs in server/daemon mode.
    – Tyler
    May 25, 2021 at 17:44

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The command view-lossage, bound to C-h l by default, will display the last few input keystrokes and the commands run. This can be helpful when trying to untangle the consequences of a mis-pressed key.

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