I can for example, copy three lines to the clipboard with
"+y3j. But I nothing happens when I attempt to yank chars to the clipboard with, say,
Ultimately, I want to copy chunks of 4000 chars.
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I think this will work:
Then you should be able to yank characters, spanning lines.
Unfortunately this has the side effect of having the h and l able to "wrap" across lines if you use them at the beginning/end of a line, so you may want to do this instead:
Then use the Left and Right arrow keys in your key sequence instead of h or l.
I don't know why your
"+y3l doesn't work, as it should work just fine, and works for me.