GNU Screen is a command line utility which allows the user to create multiple shell sessions on one connection. These sessions are decoupled from the primary connection and so maintain state for the user, even if the connection is dropped.

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Why do i get a file named history in each folder in bash?

For some reason I get a bash history file in each and every folder where I issue any command. The file is called history rather than the normal .bash_history. My .bash_profile has the following that ...
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how to show battery percentage on gnu screen hardstatus line

I currently have this as my hardstatus last line on gnu-screen the ~/.screenrc entry is as follows (just incase someone want something similar) hardstatus alwayslastline '%{= g}[ %{G}%H %{g}][%= ...
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Strange behaviour of vim inside of gnu-screen

I use screen a lot and inside one of my screen windows, I use vim a lot. I have, however, sometimes, some strange behaviour of vim: After a while of using vim and switching forth and back between ...
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Correctly display the GNU screen session title in status bar

in GNU screen, I want the title of the session to be displayed in the status bar. It is working but not exactly as I wanted. I have the following backtick defined in my .screenrc: backtick 100 30 30 ...
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Using GNU screen to create a split screen environment from command line

Could someone please point me towards the syntax for using GNU screen from the command line. On a previous cluster, I managed to create a bash script that would create X number of tiled shells, each ...
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How can I set the parity bits when using screen to access a serial port

I typically use screen(1) to open a serial port with the command: sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB2 115200 I've tried setting parenb (and a number of other things) using the following command: sudo screen ...
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Running Screen after switching users

After switching users (with su) I cannot run screen: % screen -L Cannot open your terminal '/dev/pts/5'. How can I run screen after switching users?
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Get growl notifications from within a unix screen which is not in focus from a remote SSH session

Using iTerm2 I have growl notifications working within a (unix) screen session on remote servers when that window has screen's focus: My server's ~/.bashrc has: growl() { local ...
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Is there a way to send a screen command to a screen session “above” my current screen?

I would like to be able to send a screen command to a screen session "above" my current screen session (which is on another server). Imagine the scenario of starting an initial screen session and from ...
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How can I ring the audio bell within a bash script running under gnu screen?

In a konsole terminal window outside of screen running a bash shell with TERM set to konsole-256color if I type: echo -n $'\a' or echo -n $'\eg' or ./ringbell where contents of ./ringbell is ...
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How to determine if a screen is running jobs without attaching to it?

I wrote a zsh script that launches many screen sessions and runs a different command in each of them. When the script is executed there are 72 screens in total, so checking if a job is finished or not ...
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How to give each virtual terminal in GNU Screen it's own background color?

I have a dream: I want each virtual terminal within GNU Screen to have it's own unique background color. I think I can fake it in an .bashrc script that emits xterm control codes to set background ...
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GNU screen changes vim syntax highlighting colors

I am trying to use vim inside a GNU screen session, but whenever I open vim inside screen the syntax highlighting uses completely different colors when compared to when I open vim outside GNU screen. ...
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bash doesn't show current working directory on screen

When using iTerm2 on my OS X, the bash prompt shows my current working directory normally: mbp:tp0 renato$ But when I use screen, the bash prompt changes to: bash-3.2$ How I make the bash prompt ...
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How can I cause vim to copy text to GNU screen's clipboard buffer?

I want to yank text with a command to vim and have it end up in screen's clipboard where it can be pasted to a different application via ^A] later. vim needs to do the copying (not screen's copy mode) ...
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screen - reattach last session

Is there a way of getting screen to directly reattach to the last used session if there are multiple sessions available? I always have at least one screen session running on my server, and always ...
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Launch screen terminals with set directory

How can I get my screen session to open different terminals in different directories on login? For example, In my .screenrc file I have the following: screen -t bash0 screen -t bash1 screen -t bash2 ...
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“screen is terminating” for non-root

When I try to run screen as a non-root user I get: screen [screen is terminating] immediately, though it works fine for root ls -alh /usr/bin/screen -rwxr-sr-x 1 root screen 465K Jun 9 20:30 ...
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Bash Script Display Remote Screen Session to User

I'm kind of new to bash scripting and I'm having trouble figuring out how to accomplish this. I'm working on a script that is designed to backup and manage a java application that runs within a ...
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Why when I run a program in a detached screen section it became very slow?

I am not so into Linux and I have the following situation related a strange behavior of the screen command. The situation is the following one: one a RaspBerry Pi I have installed Raspbian (that is a ...
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java app running in screen starts a process and this child is NOT in screen

I'm running a spigot server in screen, it is a java app. When it crashes and goes down gracefully it calls a restart script as a last action. This script simply contains a java -jar spigot.jar. The ...
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'screen -R' is slow when creating a new screen

When starting a new screen session with screen -R, some text at the bottom of the screen informs me it is creating a new screen. It takes about 5 seconds before bash starts seemingly because of this. ...
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How to set the GNU screen log file name non-interactively

I'm trying to parse the output of a screen session from a script. The man page of screen says I can use the command logfile, but gives no indication of the syntax to use when I launch screen ...
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Detaching from a GNU Screen suddenly clears the terminal

I feel so stupid for asking this, but here goes: I updated my Ubuntu (Server) install today from 13.10 to 14.04. Before the upgrade detaching from screen did not clear the terminal and now it does. ...
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Moving windows in GNU screen

I use GNU screen daily and I wonder is it possible to move windows in the window-list. Say I have Num Name Flags 0 emacs ...
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How to send message both to netcat and other script?

I'm trying to make some client-server interface. Think of it as one-on-one chat. What I want to achieve are two horizontal views. Bottom for my (server) input, top for client output and my input. ...
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How to press Ctrl+a+A

I was reading an answer about placing a tabs bar at the bottom of GNU Screen, and it said to press Ctrl+a+A. Clearly I cannot press A again while still pressing a, and why are the two capitalized ...
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How to append to screen buffer file?

If I have multiple log files open in several screens and I want to copy all useful traces to a single file, I initially copy them to the screen scrollback buffer file. Doing ">" after selecting text ...
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Local echo using Screen to connect to a serial terminal

Reading through the book "Building Wireless Sensor Networks" I learned that you can use the Screen utility to attach to a serial console. I tried using it to connect to an XBee module and it seemed ...
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Auto Complete to Windows input queue from text on printed screen

I have a bin which output hostnames to stdout in following format (Usually, it is ~20 lines): ldn0000000002;ldn0000000040;ldn00000000055;ldn0000000117;nyk0000000001;nyk0000000002;tky0000000001 Then ...
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GNU screen mirroring (-x) with different size monitors/resolution

I'm using "screen -x" to mirror screens across two systems at the same time, but I seem to have an issue with resolutions. On most of my screen windows, the top portion (or bottom) is cut off when I ...
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GNU screen. nothing happens when trying to resume session

I have a D-LINK nas (Linux 3.2.34 armv7l), where I have screen, compiled from sources. Everything was fine until something happened and now I can't resume the session. The symptoms are as follows ...
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Creating multiple screens in a for loop to run parellel programs and sending commands to each

Before flagging this questions as redundant, i have read and tried every answer to similar questions with no success I have this loop where it traverses a directory structure, and runs a program ...
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gnu/screen: session-name in status-line

How do I add the GNU/Screen's session-name (as set by C-a :sessionname foo) to its' status line? The manual says that S is the escape code for session name but when I try to add %S to my caption I ...
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Archlinux - Autostart `screen` after boot

I'm building some small internet radio player using Archlinux. All I need right now is to autostart (without login!) script or just command: su -c 'screen "vlc (a lot of parameters)"' vlc_user By ...
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See entire output of process in 'screen'

I am running a script in screen, which takes several days to run. Occasionally, I log back in to check the output, and I'd like to see the output during the times I did not have the screen attached. ...
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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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How to bind exit to a key?

When I am using screen, every time I use kill, it prompts a confirmation and ask me whether to really kill (which I really do after pressing so many keys). To get around this I type exit instead. But ...
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Remove vertical split bar of a termincal multiplexer, vacating the space instead of hiding it

For the last decade I usually work in a full-screen mode terminal emulator (often xterm), and often with vertical split. The recent GNU Screen offers vertical split with ctrl-a |. 1280×720 offers 160 ...
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why does screen cause problems with sftp?

I love to use screen, but I haven't really had much experience using it over ssh. At work I recently was issued a shell account and I decided to try to configure it so that screen gets run when I ...
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GNU Screen: deleted directory screen was started in

I started screen in a directory I since deleted and every time I open a new window I get the following error: shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent ...
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GNU screen lost encoding settings after detached and reattached

I set the defencoding and encoding in the .screenrc, defencoding GBK encoding GBK GBK After I detached and reattached the session, the encoding settings don't work. screen -r -d -S session How ...
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Launching GUI apps from GNU screen on OS X

On OS X 10.9.1, when I try to launch GUI Apps on OS X from within a GNU screen terminal, the app simply hangs without showing a window. Launching the same app from a regular terminal outside screen ...
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Increasing scrollback for screen in putty

I use screen a lot. Whenever I scroll up, I see that there is the screen command I used to reattach to the screen. I was wondering if we can increasing the size of scrollback for screen from screen ...
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Echo to screen session and to file

I want to execute the following command: echo $RANDOM 2>&1 >> test.txt in this screen session: screen -S test -X eval 'stuff "echo $RANDOM 2>&1 >> test.txt\015"' ...
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Placing an “anchor” in GNU Screen

Usually, especially when debugging code, I have the code spit out a ton of data and since I'm using GNU Screen, I scroll back through the output to see what I need. But it's not always easy to find ...
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Vim not colouring the end of lines when run inside screen

When vim is started inside of gnu screen it does not colour the background after text. Screen looks like it should be setup for handling 256 colours correctly: $ screen $ tput colors 256 $ echo ...
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VIM/Screen background color is inverted for non-text characters

I'm trying to use a vim while inside a screen session. For some reason, the background color for the parts of the screen without text are displaying as dark while the parts with text are displaying as ...
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How to persist `gnu screen` layout after restart

I am using the screen split in 3 with vim on the left, and two other screens split horizontally on the right. I know that when detaching from a screen, I can save the layout with :layout save ...
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PATH not set in GNU Screen, OS X 10.9

I'm not a regular user of screen but every few weeks I use for some delicate tasks. However yesterday when starting I was unable to execute any command (ls, ssh, mkdir), quick debugging revealed that ...