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After upgrading Cygwin I couldn’t use the clipboard when working remotely through ssh until I found that the trick was to call an xterm with the right parameter:
"XWin -clipboard -multiwindow"

(I also had previously checked the option “Quick Edit Mode” inside Cygwin properties, which you access right-clicking the top bar and selecting properties. When I tried that alone, as I read would, it didn’t work for me. This is trivial to experts but worth knowing for beginners. )

Also to remember, the way to paste something into an xterm window in *nix is to use the middle button.

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