I just recognized a big bug. Could someone please confirm or give me a hint?

When cutting a shape with another shape and repasting the shape back, so both shapes lie beside each other, a small space between the shapes still exists.

I expected no space between the shapes. This is catastrophic if you paint the shapes in another program and you see the small space between them!

Could someone confirm this behavior?

  • As DA01 said... You can also just adjust the position of the pasted shape. Not catastrophic at all.
    – PhiLho
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 15:28
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    When you zoom in, does the space also widen? If not, it's probably not a real gap, but simply an artifact of the imperfect rendering of coincident edges in vector graphics. Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 21:48

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Could you provide a step-by-step process? Normally pasting does not preserve the objects location on the pasteboard...so there's a natural shift. What I often do is duplicate the 'cutting' shape and cut with that, leaving the original shape in the exact same position.

  • Only now I see, that you already gave this answer (+1), I too much concentrated on the counter-question Could you provide a step-by-step process? and with checking if this "bug" exists in Inkscape 0.91
    – Wolf
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 11:10

Not a bug, but a feature: if you paste a shape from the clipboard, it's placed just where your mouse cursor is. As to "paste" the cutting shape back, duplicate it, then cut the duplicate from the other shape:

Try the following steps:

  • draw a rectangle (remove the stroke)
  • Ctrl+C
  • Ctrl+V after moving the mouse a little in x and y direction from the centre
  • Ctrl+D duplicates copied shape (switches selection to new shape)
  • Ctrl+Leftclick first shape (adds it to selection)
  • Ctrl+- (minus key) to cut the duplicated shape from the first shape

The little gap that may show is only a rendering artefact. I tried this with Inkscape 0.91.

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