Does anyone have recommendations for testing out changes to my hardstatus in .screenrc? Closing and re-opening screen seems inefficient. Perhaps there's a way to reload .screenrc from screen?

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Bah, answering my own question for reference to others:

screen -X hardstatus string 'test'

Documentation here.


You could use the colon command (Ctrl+A,:) and just enter your hardstatus command there.


:source ~/.screenrc

Works just like source for shell startup scripts.

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