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Using screen on Mac OSX 10.7.1.

Already applied various hacky fixes to get the home and end keys to work, changed the command key to left control key - however now I find the F buttons all do silly things like make the CD eject or change volume settings.

I've tried stabbing at various combinations with, for instance, the fn key, ctrl, shift etc, but to no avail.

So, is there a specific key combo, or is the F9 menu mapped to something different on Mac?

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Screen itself does not have an "f9 menu". I suspect you are meaning the menu added by byobu (previously just called "screen-profiles", see here for a screenshot to see if it is what you are referring to) that adds a number settings and key-bindings (including F9 to get to byobu's configuration menu) to GNU Screen.

Byobu is installed by default by some Ubuntu versions, and is available in the standard repositories of many other Linux distributions, but does not have an "official" package for OSX as far as I know. A quick search finds some tips for getting it installed and working on OSX though, like this page.

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facepalm yes that's it, I was used to using byobu which is installed on my ubuntu server - colour me embarrased :) – jammypeach Oct 28 '11 at 12:47
Nowt to be embarrassed about, sometimes it is setup so byobu is used even if you just run screen so people might not be aware the other exists so wouldn't know the name/term to search for. It is essentially a set of options and scripts that build on customisation options that exist in screen, so there could be other similar tools out there too. – David Spillett Oct 28 '11 at 14:06
much appreciated all the same – jammypeach Oct 28 '11 at 15:27

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