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PBCOPY(1)						      General Commands Manual							 PBCOPY(1)

pbcopy, pbpaste - provide copying and pasting to the pasteboard (the Clipboard) from command line SYNOPSIS
pbcopy [-help] [-pboard {general | ruler | find | font}] pbpaste [-help] [-pboard {general | ruler | find | font}] [-Prefer {txt | rtf | ps}] DESCRIPTION
pbcopy takes the standard input and places it in the specified pasteboard. If no pasteboard is specified, the general pasteboard will be used by default. The input is placed in the pasteboard as plain text data unless it begins with the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file header or the Rich Text Format (RTF) file header, in which case it is placed in the pasteboard as one of those data types. pbpaste removes the data from the pasteboard and writes it to the standard output. It normally looks first for plain text data in the pasteboard and writes that to the standard output; if no plain text data is in the pasteboard it looks for Encapsulated PostScript; if no EPS is present it looks for Rich Text. If none of those types is present in the pasteboard, pbpaste produces no output. * Encoding: pbcopy and pbpaste use locale environment variables to determine the encoding to be used for input and output. For example, absent other locale settings, setting the environment variable LANG=en_US.UTF-8 will cause pbcopy and pbpaste to use UTF-8 for input and output. If an encoding cannot be determined from the locale, the standard C encoding will be used. Use of UTF-8 is recommended. Note that by default the Terminal application uses the UTF-8 encoding and automatically sets the appropriate locale environment variable. OPTIONS
-pboard {general | ruler | find | font} specifies which pasteboard to copy to or paste from. If no pasteboard is given, the general pasteboard will be used by default. -Prefer {txt | rtf | ps} tells pbpaste what type of data to look for in the pasteboard first. As stated above, pbpaste normally looks first for plain text data; however, by specifying -Prefer ps you can tell pbpaste to look first for Encapsulated PostScript. If you specify -Prefer rtf, pbpaste looks first for Rich Text format. In any case, pbpaste looks for the other formats if the preferred one is not found. The txt option replaces the deprecated ascii option, which continues to function as before. Both indicate a preference for plain text. SEE ALSO
ADC Reference Library: Cocoa > Interapplication Communication > Copying and Pasting Carbon > Interapplication Communication > Pasteboard Manager Programming Guide Carbon > Interapplication Communication > Pasteboard Manager Reference BUGS
There is no way to tell pbpaste to get only a specified data type. Apple Computer, Inc. January 12, 2005 PBCOPY(1)

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PBS(8)							    BSD System Manager's Manual 						    PBS(8)

pbs -- general helper tool SYNOPSIS
pbs [-debug] [-dump_pboard] [-dump_userdefs] [-flush_pboard] [-flush_userdefs] language1 language2 ... DESCRIPTION
pbs is an agent for the Services menu. It scans for and vends available Services, to populate the Services menu. pbs is NOT related to the pasteboard. The pasteboard is managed by the pboard agent. pbs normally runs the first time Services are needed in any login session. You may run it manually for debugging Services. If run without any options, pbs will scan for changed Services, cache them along with their English localization on a private pasteboard, and immediately update the Services menu in all running apps. It will also log about any invalid Services declarations in Info.plist. This is useful when developing or testing Services, because it immediately applies any changes. ServicesMenu.strings files for a localization are loaded only when an app running under that localization shows the Services menu. You may pass pbs language codes (e.g. "fr") to cause it to load that localization immediately. pbs has additional options that are useful for debugging, in particular the -dump_pboard option. The complete list of options is: -debug Output debugging information regarding what pbs is doing. -dump_pboard Prints the private pasteboard containing the current Services information. You can use this to determine which apps are providing Ser- vices and where they are located on the filesystem. -dump_userdefs Prints the userdef cache of Services information. pbs caches Services information in its userdefs to avoid scanning the entire system every boot. Changed apps are still detected via FSEvents, so there is no need to flush the userdef cache when installing a new Service. -flush_pboard Erases the private pasteboard containing Services information. The next time the Services menu is shown, pbs will scan for changed Ser- vices and update the pasteboard. -flush_userdefs Erases the userdef cache. -flush Equivalent to -flush_pboard and -flush_userdefs, entirely resetting pbs. The next time Services information is needed, pbs will do a com- plete rescan for apps vending Services, and read their plist. Note: this rescan may be very expensive! HISTORY
First appeared in NextStep. pbs has historically had responsibilities that ranged from pasteboard management to Unicode glyph generation, but now it only does Services. macOS June 1, 2006 macOS
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