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32.8.4 Low-Level Kill Ring

These functions and variables provide access to the kill ring at a lower level, but still convenient for use in Lisp programs, because they take care of interaction with window system selections (see section 29.18 Window System Selections).

Function: current-kill n &optional do-not-move
The function current-kill rotates the yanking pointer, which designates the "front" of the kill ring, by n places (from newer kills to older ones), and returns the text at that place in the ring.

If the optional second argument do-not-move is non-nil, then current-kill doesn't alter the yanking pointer; it just returns the nth kill, counting from the current yanking pointer.

If n is zero, indicating a request for the latest kill, current-kill calls the value of interprogram-paste-function (documented below) before consulting the kill ring.

Function: kill-new string
This function puts the text string into the kill ring as a new entry at the front of the ring. It discards the oldest entry if appropriate. It also invokes the value of interprogram-cut-function (see below).

Function: kill-append string before-p
This function appends the text string to the first entry in the kill ring. Normally string goes at the end of the entry, but if before-p is non-nil, it goes at the beginning. This function also invokes the value of interprogram-cut-function (see below).

Variable: interprogram-paste-function
This variable provides a way of transferring killed text from other programs, when you are using a window system. Its value should be nil or a function of no arguments.

If the value is a function, current-kill calls it to get the "most recent kill". If the function returns a non-nil value, then that value is used as the "most recent kill". If it returns nil, then the first element of kill-ring is used.

The normal use of this hook is to get the window system's primary selection as the most recent kill, even if the selection belongs to another application. See section 29.18 Window System Selections.

Variable: interprogram-cut-function
This variable provides a way of communicating killed text to other programs, when you are using a window system. Its value should be nil or a function of one argument.

If the value is a function, kill-new and kill-append call it with the new first element of the kill ring as an argument.

The normal use of this hook is to set the window system's primary selection from the newly killed text. See section 29.18 Window System Selections.


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