Diodon 1.9.0, storing clipboard items in memory and more

After a longer time of silence the new Diodon release 1.9.0 has just been released. This release is a maintenance release which allows Diodon to be build in 2020 and beyond.

Besides support for Valac 0.46+ and updated translations, the build system has been changed to meson which is also commonly used in the Gnome community. This change should make the work easier for package maintainers and new contributors alike.

To get started beside installing newest version from git you can either download new release as tarball or install it through the ppa with the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diodon-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install diodon
# and for all Unity users there is also a scope
sudo apt-get install unity-scope-diodon

To note is that with this release Xenial is not supported anymore, but older versions of Diodon will still work of course.

Storing clipoard items in memory

This is not a new feature but a very commonly asked question which I wanted to address. Diodon uses Zeitgeist to store clipboard items. Per default Zeitgeist persists all events in a database. This means clipboard items are also persisted and available across reboots. Some concerns have been raised that copied passwords are also stored on the filesystem.

As explained in this blog post it is possible to exclude certain application copy events like the once from password managers to be added to the clipboard history. However this might not always be sufficient for you. So what you can do instead is to make Zeitgeist store all events in memory. This means once you reboot your machine the clipboard history will be empty again.

To enable this memory storage I recommend you first clear your clipboard history and then execute the following command in a terminal:

echo "ZEITGEIST_DATABASE_PATH=:memory:" >> ~/.pam_environment

After a reboot the memory storage should be activated.


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2 thoughts on “Diodon 1.9.0, storing clipboard items in memory and more

  1. Please, can you update the blog post how “is possible to exclude certain application copy…”

    1. Thanks for your hinter. I have updated the blog post. As a summary what you need to do is to install the package `activity-log-manager` and then start the application with the same name. A window will popup where you can exclude applications from recording.

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