11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 21, 2010 10:42 AM by thomas_r.
panoptican Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I have come across what I believe to be a bug in the Text Clipping drag and drop feature in 10.6.2 on my MacBook Pro.

In Mail, I've selected text I want to copy into a folder. Selecting text first, you have to also place the cursor over any of the text, not a blank space(another problem?) Then, click and drag the selection into the target folder, this is what does not work as it simply pops you hack over to Mail. There are no errors. However, if I click and drag the selection, it will copy to the desktop properly.

Do I get $5? (Standard bug finding fee from days gone by.)

MacBook Pro 10.6.2, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Text clipping copy and paste
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    This appears to be a failure explicitly with Mail, since it works with Eudora and TextEdit. So, I'd post to the Mail forum and maybe someone can help you resolve it. I don't use Mail, except to test and verify it.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)
    Then, click and drag the selection into the target folder, this is what does not work as it simply pops you hack over to Mail. There are no errors. However, if I click and drag the selection, it will copy to the desktop properly.


    I'm having a hard time understanding what you mean. As I read it, you're saying the difference between what works and what doesn't is dragging to a folder (doesn't work) versus dragging to the desktop (does work)? If that's correct, dragging text from Mail to both a folder and to the desktop works fine here.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    OK. In Mail, f I select the text, click and very slowly drag, it works, resulting in a text clipping. However, if I click and instantly drag, the text unselects and the OS acts like I'm just clicking again. In TextEdit, Eudora, and Safari, clicking and instantly dragging selected text results in a text clipping.

    So, at least here, it works after a fashion. The bug, if any, is related to trying to do things too fast.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)
    Ahh, yes, I've seen that... but you said that it seemed to be a bug "explicitly with Mail" because it worked in TextEdit. I've seen this behavior across all Apple apps, including things like iCal, Pages and iWeb. It's very annoying, I agree.

    However, this doesn't sound exactly like what the original poster describes.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    That's the point, then. It doesn't happen in TextEdit or Eudora. Select the text, click & drag works no matter how fast I try, in those apps. The delay's unique to Mail, which I seldom use. That's why I erroneously concluded that it was unique to Mail. If I used Mail regularly, it would be worth my while to file a bug against the delay, but it isn't. That I'll leave to the OP.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)
    Still, this doesn't sound like what the OP is describing. He says that he drags to somewhere (I'm unclear on exactly where) and that it "pops back to Mail" and fails without any indication, while in other cases it works and makes a text clipping. Not the same thing, unless he's really bad at explaining!
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    My reading of his post indicates that he's trying to drag it into a *target folder*. I do that from Eudora to a Desktop alias to a +Text Clippings+ folder. Keeps things neat and tidy. If, after selecting the text, you try to quickly click & drag, then the text deselects and you can't drag & drop. However, all of this is moot until the OP returns and clarifies things. That said, I'm glad we had this opportunity to converse.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)
    all of this is moot until the OP returns and clarifies things.


    Yup. It always surprises me, when I go back and look through old topics in my subscriptions, to find how many people never do, though. I mean, if you're going to go to the trouble of asking for help, what's up with never bothering to follow up if respondents need clarification?
  • panoptican Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, you're right about the OP not following through on this. (Family related health issues...)

    This still does this for me/to me as I've described. As in the case where you place the cursor, such as inbetween chars on a space char, or how long you hold down the cursor for, doesn't seem to matter.

    I received my MBP, 2.53ghz, base model(5,4) just last December, and upgraded from my PBG4, performing the 'Star Trek-esque' Omega-iconed transfer function(anyone remember that Voyager episode?) I am wondering if I need to do the 'repair permissions' on my system to fix any copied over folders with their read/write issues?

    Sorry for the delay, but it was just an annoying little thing I thought someone might have seen or fixed on their own. Thanks for the replies people. Have a nice day.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    Thanks for the feedback. If what we posted doesn't help, I'm out of ideas since Mail isn't my thing. Good luck.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (29,890 points)
    LOL, you're back! No offense intended, you're obviously an exception to the rule...

    But you still need to clarify the problem! Baltwo and I were both a bit unsure what you were talking about. See my first post on this thread (third one down) for the questions.