Why i cannot use in Ubuntu 12.10 Console COPY and PASTE ?

May 31, 2013 16.1k views
I cant PASTE in console (Terminal). Does anyone help me how i can do it ? and Can I Upload some file to the server ? THX !!!
8 Answers

I wasn't satisfied with the mod's answer since pretty much every time I've ever needed to use a web console like this, I've needed at the very least paste.

So here's a paste function you can throw into the console. To use:

  1. Open developer tools
  2. Paste this code in and hit enter
  3. sendString('wow, i cannot believe this fundamental functionality is still nonexistent')

You might need to play with the sendDelay (increase) if you're having problems, but I was able to use this to add an authorized key.

To abort the sending of the current string, do sendString()

var sendString = (function(rfb, force, sendDelay) { 
  sendDelay = sendDelay || 25;
  var _q = [];
  var _qStart = function() {
    var chr = _q.shift();
    if (chr) {
      setTimeout(_qStart, sendDelay);
  var _qStop = function() { _q.length = 0; };
  var fn = function sendString(str) {
    str = str || '';
    var chr;
    for (var i=0; i < str.length; i++) {
      chr = str[i].charCodeAt();
  if (rfb.sendString && true !== force) {
    console.warn('rfb.sendString not installed because it already exists.  Use force if you\'d like');
  else {
    rfb.sendString = fn;
  return fn;

There also seems to be copy/paste functionality in the code (disabled?).

If for some reason you're at some moment unable to ssh, and you need to paste in a large chunk of text, you can paste your text into a pastebin.com. Your text will be pasted to something like pastebin.com/xxx. You can then type at the console:

curl pastebin.com/raw.php?i=xxx
To PASTE attempt:



right click


middle mouse click.

To upload files us FTP promgram as FileZilla
I access SSH by MAC TERMINAL its more easy to me...
You cannot paste in the Remote Console. It's meant only for out-of-band emergency access, I recommend using an ssh client: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-log-into-your-droplet-with-putty-for-windows-users
by Etel Sverdlov
PuTTY is an open-source SSH and Telnet client for Windows. It allows you to securely connect to remote servers from a local Windows computer. This tutorial will cover how to connect to your Droplet from your local Windows computer using PuTTY.
My fault I assumed that it was a terminal in Linux or Putty on Windows.


Reading into how to deploy a Ruby on Rails app and I'm instructed to type "gpg --keyserver hkp://keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3" into the console.

  • The web console is meant for emergency access when you are not able to SSH into your droplet. As such it only supports basic functionality.

    Check out this tutorial: How To Connect To Your Droplet with SSH.

    Though, if you still want to use the Web Console to install RVM/Ruby, you can use the short form of the key's ID:

    gpg --keyserver hkp://keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys D39DC0E3
    If you have recently created a DigitalOcean Droplet, and you are new to working with Linux servers, you will need to learn how to use SSH to connect to and manage it. SSH, which stands for Secure Shell, is an encrypted network protocol that is used to for, among other...
    • It only being inconvenient some of the time doesn't make it a good idea.

      That doesn't answer why they don't allow this. Security?

Great solution!

However, I am not able to place a '@' sign either in a normal way or by using your method. Using sendString, a '@' is transformed to a '2' :(

Any ideas?

  • I found a solution!

    Using the sendString method, the '@' was transformed to a '2', so that got me thinking that it might be a keyboard/translation problem. My keyboard is in Danish, so I tried to add a US keyboard. That did the trick: "@" can now be accessed with Shift+2 :)

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