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My googling only left me the clue that this was the case for old screen, and now the new screen prompts for confirmation (e.g. whenever I try to kill a window or exit out of screen) . Is there a variable or remapping that will eliminate prompting? Also is there a remapping that will save me the trouble of deleting the window name when I try to rename it?

Screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) 23-Oct-06
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I assume you are referring to GNU screen running on Linux? – terdon Mar 20 '13 at 0:33
yes! I changed the title. – Forethinker Mar 20 '13 at 0:45

Here's an alternative way to rename the current window. It resolves your issue with having to delete the existing window name, however, it doesn't save any keystrokes.

Control+a : (puts screen in command mode)
:title <new window name>

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There is no real answer. The workaround:

  • use exit in the shell instead of ctrl-k
  • never rename your window: Use following script (or something similar)

    case $TERM in
    export PS1="${SCREENTITLE}[\u@\h \W]\$ "
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Where can I find the grammar of the title? – ziyuang Apr 11 '13 at 12:34

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