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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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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Vertical Split in GNU Screen on Mac OS X

I recently became enamored with the excellent app in Ubuntu GNU screen. I was really happy to see it installed on my Mac as well, but I can't split vertically... I guess I need to update it somehow. I ...
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gnu screen and splitted regions

I just figured out that it was possible to have split terminals with gnu screen. But the problem is that it doesn't split windows, but create a new region which is always present. I'd like to be ...
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Run a GUI in screen or tmux (or alternative)

I have an application that's gui only that constantly needs to run. The problem is that I can't install a full desktop just for this application (my OS is debian and ubuntu cli). So I was wondering ...
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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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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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GNU Screen - String Escapes

Can somebody please explain or point me to good tutorial about "String Escapes" used in ~/screenrc. I am playing with $PS1 and ~/.screenrc. While $PS1 seems pretty clear (colors, conditions, escape ...
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Reload user group assignments inside tmux (or byobu/screen)

This question handles reloading group assignments without logging out, but it doesn't really treat a situation where you want the group assignments to be reset inside an existing tmux (or byobu or GNU ...
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GNU screen freezes when starting session over SSH, works locally. What's wrong?

On an iMac running Snow Leopard I can open a terminal window and start a 'screen' session with no issues. However, if I ssh into the same machine (from elsewhere or locally) and then try to start a ...
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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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How do I use the terminal SCREEN when chrooted?

How do I allow a user to use SCREEN on a chrooted user? I have tried everything but I keep on failing. I need the user to be able to use SCREEN when they are logged in bash as a chrooted user.
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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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GNU screen command on path not found

When I use GNU screen in the following way, it works: screen java -jar .... but why does screen bukkit .... not work when bukkit is a executable script from my path ($PATH)? I've read here, ...
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Byobu versus gnu screen versus tmux [closed]

So far I have used konsole to manage multiple shell sessions but it seems that byobu, gnu screen, and tmux offer a better support for multiple shells. I have never used neither of them before. One of ...
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install screen from source code

I tried to install the screen command on RedHat from source code. But when I run the configure, it returned configure: error: !!! no tgetent - no screen So does anyone know how to fix it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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GNU screen: change focus in split windows with mouse

Is there a way to enable proper mouse support in GNU screen so that I can switch the focus between split windows using my mouse? In other words, I'm looking for a mouse-driven alternative to typing ...
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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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Bash vs. Gnu screen : Replace Ctrl-A with Ctrl-Shift-A

I'm a new user to GNU Screen. I've been using Bash for a very long time, and I want to give GNU Screen a try. As you know, GNU Screen uses 'C-a' (Control-A) as as the command character. Trouble is, ...
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How do I create a hierarchy of terminals or workspaces?

I'm wondering if there is some way to create a heirarchy/tree of terminals in a screen session on Linux? I don't mind hacking on this, so if there is a project out there that's working on this, I'd ...
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screenrc: How to map “alt+number” to “select a screen window” in gnome terminal

I found this online: bindkey "\261" select 1 bindkey "\262" select 2 bindkey "\263" select 3 .... Basically it maps alt+1 to "select 1"; alt+2 to "select 2". So when you press alt+1, it is ...
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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 do I display the current “session” name or “sockname” of a screen session in the status bar?

I run multiple screen sessions each created with 'screen -S name' and I would like to be able to display in the status bar the name I used to create the current screen session. However, I cannot ...
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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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Running emacs inside screen

I have a screenrc file but I am finding some conflicts when I run emacs inside screen. For e.g, moving across buffers in emacs, Ctrl-right arrow/left arrow, instead of moving back and forth sends ...
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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 do I use tabs with the Linux “Screen” program?

I'm using multiple screen windows and am wondering if it's possible to add a tabbed interface to it, with tab names and keyboard shortcuts for moving between the tabs.
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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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Make GNU screen survive reboot

I am using GNU screen a lot. I find it very annoying that everytime the server has to be rebooted I lose all my sessions (even if I know in advance, I need to set-up everything again). I've searched ...
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Transfer current command to a detachable session (tmux/screen)

I'm currently running a backup and it now needs to be transferred to detachable one like on tmux/screen. Is there a way to do this when the command is currently running? I can send the command the ...
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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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ssh-agent and screen

A while back on StackOverflow, I asked this question about ssh-agent and crontab. I have a similar question now about ssh-agent and screen on linux systems. So, on my Mac, ssh-agent launches at ...
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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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vim under screen under PuTTY working with mouse wheel?

Is there any way to make this work? i'd love to scroll my files in vim with the mouse scroll wheel. Also, i wouldn't mind scrolling the gnu screen buffer with the mouse wheel as well, without having ...
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GNU Screen on MacOS 10.8 says “Be careful! New screen tonight”

GNU Screen on MacOS 10.8 says "Be careful! New screen tonight" when it starts up screen sometimes. Any ideas what causes this, or is there a way to disable it and/or change the text to something else? ...
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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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How to go past window 9 in GNU Screen without going to Window list?

I use GNU Screen tool to keep my sessions alive on the system. To switch between windows I use Ctrl+a N where N is the number of the window. I want to use similar keystroke to access windows with ...
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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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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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ALT+arrow moving between words in ZSH and iTerm 2

I logged in on one of hosting provider servers and noticed ALT + left and ALT + right moved between words in a shell prompt in a screen. What kind of key bindings I need to configure and where to get ...
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Linux: aliases when using `screen`

I'm using screen, and I have several aliases in my ~/.bash_profile, for example python=python-2.6. But for some reasons these aliases don't work when I work in screen. How can I make them work?
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convert screen hardstatus to tmux

I'm a longtime screen user, but the move to tmux is growing inevitable. I have a fairly large .screenrc that I am working toward porting to tmux (I'd like the bulk of my existing workflow to just ...
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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 ...