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howto change screen hardstatus dynamically with format, from shell ? I successfully configured screen using 256 colors and tabs and so on, here is my .screenrc :

I use the caption for the tabs, and the hardstatus as the way it's meant to be: a messaging status line.

what I wanna do is simple: showing colored messages on hardstatus, from shell scripts returns.

Here is what I managed to do at this point:

# changing xterm window title:
echo -e '\033k'window_title'\033\\'
echo -ne "\ek window_title\e\\"

# sending non colored messages to hardstatus:
echo -ne "\e! hardstatus_global_message\e\\"
echo -ne "\e^ hardstatus_private_message\e\\"

# reformating the hardstatus string:
echo -ne "\e]0; %{.BW}%{..G}colored hardstatus try\e\\"
echo -ne "\e_ %{.BW}%{..G}colored hardstatus try\e\\"

The escape codes are available here:

i still don't see how to reformat the hardstatus string, nor how to send color codes to it, nor if it's even possible or not ? searched here and everywhere for hours, now i'm tired and asking, thanks !

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It is possible to color the hardstatus strings as you are saying. When using the color codes as a script output, you need to use a special ASCII character (005) to escape the color codes, instead of the percent sign (%) that you would normally use in your .screenrc file. In an example script you would have something like this:

echo -ne "Here is$Green Green$White text."

Then, in your .screenrc file, as you may already know, call the above script with a backtick command:

# .screenrc
backtick 101 5 5 /path/to/

hardstatus alwayslastline "%101`"
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