Byobu is a window manager for your terminal. It includes an enhanced profile and configuration utilities for the GNU screen window manager and tmux, such as toggle-able system status notifications and convenience features like splits.

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Byobu vs. GNU Screen vs. tmux — usefulness and transferability of skills [closed]

So far I have used Konsole to manage multiple shell sessions but I haven't tried Byobu, GNU Screen, and tmux, which offer better support for multiple shells. They all share one main feature, which is ...
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How to make screen bigger in byobu

My new server install looks odd: is there anyway to resize it to use the whole terminal window?
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Is there an easy way to save a byobu session such that I can reload it after a reboot?

I understand that there is a way of defining windows that are opened in a session by saving configuration files in $BYOBU_CONFIG_DIR. But is there a way (command or script) to save the current session ...
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How to close window at byobu?

I started to use byobu, and find it really cool thing. It has a lot of hot keys. But I couldn't find one of them, and I stuck with one tricky point. With F2 - you create new window, but how to close ...
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Function key shortcuts in PuTTY/MinTTY and Tmux/Byobu

As a long-time lurker on Stack Exchange, I've found answers to most of my problems without needing to so much as make an account. But today I'm completely stumped with this issue, so I'm reaching out ...
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alternatives to Gnu screen under Cygwin

Are there any terminal multiplexers for Cygwin/Windows other than Gnu's screen? I know of 2 alternatives to the Gnu's screen application: Byobu and TMux. However, neither of these run under Windows ...
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byobu: How to force close a window?

One of the windows within my byobu session mysteriously stops receiving keystrokes. I can open new windows, but that particular window just hangs. So now, every time I invoked byobu, I see 3 windows: ...
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How do I stop byobu from launching at login?

I would like to turn off byobu from launching by default on my Ubuntu computer, how can I do this?
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Terminal *output* history?

I make extensive use of the functions to navigate through the command history in my terminal; I wonder if there is some way to navigate the command output history as well? (besides keeping a large ...
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“No more PTYs” when trying to start screen

When I try to start 'screen' or 'byobu', I get the following error message: $ screen No more PTYs. Sorry, could not find a PTY. [screen is terminating] I seem to have enough though: $ ls /dev/pts ...
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How do I change the order of screens in byobu?

I'd like to bind Shift + ← and Shift + → to move my current screen left/right in the ordering of screens. How can this be done? These are the versions I'm using: $ byobu -v byobu version 2.68 ...
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How can I run byobu from xterm at starting?

I set up byobu auto run with the command byobu-enable. It's great when I log in from terminal or ssh, but how can I make xterm attach to it automatically ? (mate-terminal from Linux mint especially)
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Byobu scrollback buffer on Mac - utilize mouse wheel

I am using Byobu via SSH on a local mac machine. I am aware of the scrollback feature and I am able to enter the scrollback mode via F7. However, it is very inconvenient to scroll by a single line ...
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How to install Python newt or snack in Mac OS X for byobu

I've installed byobu in Mac OS X 10.6.5. It will start, (i.e. it will start a screen session) but in order to run byobu-config and probably in order to do some other things I need a module called ...
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how to paste from byobu's screen buffer (ubuntu 12.04 64bit)

I'm running byobu in gnome-terminal, under ubuntu 12.04 64bit. and trying to copy a screen buffer. i.e. by hitting F7, byobu entering "copy mode", then mark screen text by space key. the question ...
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How do I reset the status bar colors in byobu?

I was playing with the new tmux version of Byobu, and I saw this command: Ctrl-Shift-F5 -Change status bar's color randomly But, now that I've finished playing I'd like to switch the colours back ...
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how to load byobu automatically when terminal started?

I'm using Lubuntu 13.10, and I want to load byobu automatically when I open terminal. I found byobu very flexible and reliable tool and want to use every time when I have to use terminal. I couldn't ...
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how to clear all session on byobu

I want to clear all session at byobu. Now it asks me which one I want to use: nazar@nazar-desktop:~$ byobu Byobu sessions... 1. tmux: 1: 69 windows (created Tue Feb 4 11:11:00 2014) [80x23] ...
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Byobu crashes saying “pipe: Too many open files y”

I am using Ubuntu Server 11.10. I will leave byobu running. But every few hours it will automatically close saying "pipe: Too many open files y". What does this mean and how do I fix it?
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Launch program automatically with screen/byobu using an alias

My screen starup commands look like: screen alias1 screen alias2 alias1 is an alias pointing to command1 alias2 is an alias pointing to command2. alias1 and command1 share the same name. alias2 and ...
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Install python module snack on cygwin for byobu

I'm setting up the terminal multiplexer byobu on cygwin. But it's not fully working, since it has some python dependencies. E.g. F9 toggles the menu, which relies on byobu-config. That needs ...
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Proper Format for Byobu's windows.tmux?

In Byobu 5.17 (using tmux 1.6), how ought I format the windows.tmux file? I've poked around a bit, but have been unable to find a proper answer. For reference, here's the screen version of what I ...
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Default byobu vs tmux

What are the main features of default byobu behavior/config for tmux user? I am thinking what to deploy by default to production servers. tmux wins over screen, because it is immediately visible when ...
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How to view logs online during heavy usage with screen, tmux or Byobu?

Normally I use tail -F, but on heavy usage it is getting irresponsible and unreadable. On ssh I also use buyobu to type password only once. But when any of screens become irresponsible then all ...
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byobu won't let me create a new bash window when using xterm [closed]

I am using byobu within xterm. Whenever I try to create a new window with bash, the window opens then immediately closes. Whenever I create a window with plain old sh however, it works fine. I am ...
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Byobu type keybindings for tmux

I have been using Byobu for some time now and really enjoying it. But now thinking of moving back to tmux. The reason is given in the later half of the question. First of all, the question: The ...
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How to get byobu to run screen instead of tmux?

With the recently added tmux support, byobu has started running tmux instead of screen. I did not change any settings. It just started using tmux. I would rather use screen. How can I change this?
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Fish shell syntax highlighting looks weird in byobu-screen

When I am in plain fish shell, a command is highlighted like so: but when I am in byobu-screen and type the same thing, I get: When I do a fish_config and look at my color palette, nothing is ...
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Use Screen commands (C-A C-C, etc.) in byobu-tmux

I was having some troubles with byobu lately while using the screen back-end, so I switched to using the tmux back-end, which works like a charm. The problem is now that my keyboard has tiny F1­-F12 ...
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Installing Byobu on Synology DSM

I have a Synology DS412+ running DSM 5.2. I would like to install and use byobu on this machine when I log in via SSH. I went as far as the following: install ipkg for this DSM/CPU running the ...
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Byobu MONITORED_TEMP displays 35000C instead of 35C

The temperature sensor that byobu uses by default is on the motherboard so I would like to have it display the temperature from coretemp instead. I have this temperature at ...
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byobu: can I predefine a layout with window sizes etc?

I am just starting with byobu and can't figure out this basic thing. I need to set up a predefined layout for my windows in byobu so when I start it, I get the layout I predefined and my programs ...
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mac os x byobu vertical split using iTerm, tmux, zsh

How to get vertical split on Mac OS X in byobu? Ctrl + F2 is not working. It open new window instead of spliting the current. In oposite spliting horizontaly with shift + F2 works ok.
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How to make byobu output the complete history directly to buffer?

It is possible to enter some sort of scrolling back mode with some keys. But I wonder if we can directly output to the buffer and use the scrolling of the terminal app. I noticed it is possible, ...
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byobu troubleshooting ubuntu 12.10 x64

When I enter "byobu-enable" on my ec2 ubuntu 12.10 box, my putty ssh session goes insane. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like: It looks like the windows is being duplicated and time is ...
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Byobu kills windows at will

I use byobu on a virtual server (uname -a shows Linux mezgrman 2.6.32-5-openvz-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Feb 25 01:16:25 UTC 2013 x86_64 GNU/Linux). When I log in to the machine via SSH and byobu isn't ...
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OSX Terminal: Color correction

I am running Byobu on my server and it looks good with the exception of my OS X terminal confusing the blacks. I remember seeing somewhere you can change some mode and the colors actually look ...
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how do I hide byobu status line?

You know, in tmux there's an option set -g status off that allows me to hide the tmux status bar, can I do the same with byobu? I can't find any option that allows me to hide the status bar and gives ...
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How to SSH into a host without starting byobu

My zsh shell automatically starts byobu. The host in question has a 1m loadavg of 300 at the moment (time ssh host time uptime returns in 50 seconds from local, with 3 seconds spent remotely). ...
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byobu in ubuntu always attaches to the same session

It used to be when I ran byobu I would get a new session with a new socket and I could open multiple windows in that one. Now when I run it it concurrently attaches to the same one existing byobu ...
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Is it possible to close the ssh session without closing byobu or the window?

If I use byobu, exit only closes the current shell. And I have to close all the shells to terminate the session, which is terrible, because I want to keep all the shells, which is why I use byobu. ...
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Byobu, get the status bar of tmux backend the same as screen backend

When I use screen as the back-end of byobu, I'm getting a status bar which is composed of only black and red or black and yellow. And it looks more professional. But when I choose tmux as back-end I'm ...
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How to get byobu help screen (shift-F1) to work under a fish login shell?

I can get the Shift-F1 to show the help for a user that has fish as login shell. I get a glimpse of an error message that gets quickly overwritten. It says fish: Variables may not be used as ...
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Byobu custom widget messes up my status bar

I wrote a very small byobu widget, put it in ~/.byobu/bin/, named it correctly (e.g. 60_widget.py); I opened Byobu, pressed F9, enabled the "custom" status notification and saved it. Now the widget ...
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How do I configure status notification color settings in byobu?

How do I set the background and foreground for the status notifications individually? For example, specifically for LOGO or memory? Can I tweak them individually in ~/.byobu/color somehow?
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byobu + screen colors headache

I have byobu installed on FreeBSD, with the users, uptime, load average, cpu count, cpu freq, mem available, mem used, date, and time notification modules enabled, in that order. No matter what I do, ...
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How to re-enable function keys in byobu?

I was using byobu on Ubuntu 11.10 Server and I needed to hit a function key in an app, so I hit F9 to bring up the config menu and switched the keybinding set from "f-keys" to "screen-escape-keys". ...
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X11 forward with multiple logins for the same user

we use a server at work which runs byobu. Everyone of my colleagues logs in with the same Debian user account and gets the byobu session presented. This works quite well as we are all sitting in a ...
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different byobu screens on large cluster depending on the login node

I am trying to use byobu on a large cluster, where I internally get connected to a different login node each time I ssh to the cluster. Normally, one wouldn't even realize the difference, but when I ...
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pipe: too many files open renders entire OS completely useless

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04, and I am having a major problem. Two separate times today, one of my open gnome-terminal sessions locked up and printed the error pipe: too many open files I realize ...