Cutting files/folders and Finder's Clipboard

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This is quite hard to explain but I'll do my best. When cutting a file or folder its path becomes the next item on the clipboard, but it doesn't actually appear there (Finder > Edit > Show Clipboard). It's like it goes to it's own clipboard that overides the Finder's one, if that makes any sense. I use a clipboard manager and this makes it very confusing because this "phantom" clipboard contents is not added to the history.

An example of the problem might better illustrate the problem :

Let's say I copy the words "Snooker cue". The text is added to the clipboard and I can see it in Finder's clipboard and the clipboard manager. Then I cut a folder in the finder and paste it somewhere. The latest item in the clipboard manager is still the text "Snooker cue" so cmd+v should paste "Snooker Cue" but instead the path of the cut file is pasted instead, in this case "/Users/Jimmy/Desktop/untitled folder".

A solution to this could be to make the cut command act the same way as copy in regard to the clipboard.
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Jolly Jimmy, Champion

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Has no one else encountered this problem? This gets on my nerves every day of the week. Even copying the path to the actual clipboard instead of this phantom one would be better than what's going on now.
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I thought Roman handled this. Roman implemented this feature.

I will pass this to him and we will see if there is any technical limitation to this. Definitely I agree with you.
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OK, brilliant.

Thanks.
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This should be fixed in version 1.1.2:
http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/beta...
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I don't really find that having a blank text clipping added to the clipboard as much of an improvement to be honest. Could it not work in the same way text is cut, in regards to the clipboard? When you cut text, it's copied to the clipboard. If this could work for files and folders there would be the added advantage of being able to paste the cut item multiple times into several different places.

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Opening mutliple tabs at once is greatly improved and very fast, no more flickering, thank you for this :)
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Is anyone else using a clipboard manager? When I cut a file the path is copied to finder's clipboard but only a blank text clipping appears in my clipboard manager.

Also, Antonin, is there a technical reason that would prevent cutting items from working like cutting text (text is copied to clipboard when cut)
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I use LaunchBar as my clipboard manager and it works as intended.
I can see the files I cut in my clipboard history and paste them like other items.

What clipboard manager do you use?
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I just tried LaunchBar, and I only get a small text clipping with the path of the cut file in it's clipboard history, just as with the other couple of clipboard managers that I've recently tried. I use iClip, it's admittedly slightly outdated but I've tried every clipboard manager under the sun and it's the only one that suits my needs.
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I was not trying to sell you LaunchBar ;)
LB clipboard manager is really basic but as I use LB for a lot of things and I don't want to run another app just for that.

Maybe I didn't understand you correctly, sorry.

It works in LB if you cut a file, then paste it from LB without copying something else to the clipboard in the meantime, exactly as the "normal" clipboard.

Now, the file stays where it is and is grayed out until you paste it or use the clipboard for something else, but if you want to paste it from your clipboard manager history, should the file stay "scheduled for cut" forever? If you already pasted it elsewhere, the path in the clipboard manager history doesn't exist anymore anyway.

It works for txt/rtf because the clipboard managers store a copy of the text somewhere, but for files, only a reference to the file is copied. To actually store a copy of all the files you cut would be a baaad idea.

As you propose, they could put the file's path in the clipboard as if it was copied, but the path would be wrong as soon as you move/paste the file.

I hope my english is comprehensible.
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Why would that be a bad idea? It's not up to the finder; I know finder only keeps a note of the original path but my clipboard manager doesn't. I can copy something, move it and then continue to paste it elsewhere without a problem, no issues with it losing the path, it keeps up to speed with where the copied file is.