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GPBS(1) GNUstep System Manual GPBS(1)


gpbs - GNUstep PasteBoard Server




The gpbs daemon serves as a clipboard/pasteboard for GNUstep programs, handling the copying, cutting and pasting of objects as well as drag and drop operations between applications.

Every user needs to have his own instance of gpbs
running. While gpbs will be started automatically as soon as it is needed, it is recommend to start gpbs in a personal login script like ~/.bashrc or ~/.cshrc. Alternatively you can launch gpbs when your windowing system or the window manager is started. For example, on systems with X11 you can launch gpbs from your .xinitrc script or alternatively - if you are running Window Maker - put it in Window Maker's autostart script. See the GNUstep Build Guide for a sample startup script.


attaches gpbs to a remote session.

sends a notification through the NSDistributedNotificationCenter (i.e. gdnc) so that apps know that it has started up. This is only relevant if the application itself tries to startup gpbs (which means gpbs was not started at session login).
starts gpbs as a daemon - mostly this means that all output gets sent to syslog rather than the terminal.
does not fork a separate process
makes bs his logging more verbose


gdomap -L GNUstepGSPasteboardServer will lookup instances of gpbs.

Alternatively, gdomap -N will list all registered names on the local host.


Versions of gpbs up to (including) 1.7.2 have problems with copy and paste of mulit-lingual text, as it used the atom XA_STRING alone to exchange string data between X clients (and thus GNUstep clients). This means gpbs is inherently unable to do cut-and-paste with characters other than ISO Latin1 ones, TAB, and NEWLINE.


gdnc(1), gdomap(8), GNUstep(7) xinit(1) wmaker(1)

The GNUstep Build Guide example startup script: <>


Work on gdnc started August 1997.

This manual page first appeared in gnustep-back 0.8.8 (July 2003).


gpbs was written by Richard Frith-McDonald <>

This man page was written by Martin Brecher <> with contributions from Kazunobu Kuriyama <>.

This man page was updated September 2006 by Dennis Leeuw ( with notes by Adam Fedor (

September 2006 GNUstep