As some of you may know, screen offers an ability to have a "taskbar"-like bar that is always present and helps navigating around windows, etc. I find this bar irreplaceable.

What is the best configuration you've seen or one that you think is the most optimal/useful?

Mine is described and explained here: Supercharge Your GNU Screen With A Power "Taskbar" And Never Feel Lost Again

screen powerbar

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    It is worth comparing the OPs website as listed in his profile with the link above. Oct 7, 2009 at 0:11
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    dmckee, yeah, that's why I said mine is described there. Oct 7, 2009 at 0:51

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Here is mine:

hardstatus alwayslastline "%{b kw}%H %{r}%1` %{w}| %{g}%c %{w}| %{y}%d.%m.%Y %{w}| %{g}%l %{w}| %{-b kw}%u %-Lw%{= rW}%50> %n%f %t %{-}%+Lw%<"

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host | time | date | load average | obligatory window

I am unable to remember where I got this hardstatus or if I adapt it from an existing one.


This is mine.

Screencopy: (missing bold+underline of current window.

 0-bash  1 bash  2 bash  4 irssi                 ~100%/54C ons 07 oktober  1:48


hardstatus alwayslastline "%{+r} %-w%{+bu I}%n-%t%{-}%+w %= %{+ b}%11` %{-}%D %d %LM %{+b I}%c "

The backtick program returns the information ~ (on AC power) 100% (battery) 54C (temperature)

  • If I had a laptop, that battery indicator would be nice. Oct 24, 2009 at 6:14

Here's mine:

My status line

The code for it:

backtick 1 5 1 screen-status-display
hardstatus alwayslastline "%{= gk}| %H | %{+b .y}%l%{-} | %D %M %d %C | %{+b g}%t (%n)%{-} |%1`"

The backtick script fills the last four status areas. They are:

  1. Progress on ripping CDs
  2. Build manual process is running (a long running task that I like to know when it's done)
  3. What aptitude and kin are doing (flags are aptd (aptitude), dpkg, dnld (aptitude is downloading), and apt)
  4. Indicator of how many tasks I currently have waiting for me (if more than three, the asterisks move back and forth).

I use byobu and the default looks great alt text


Mostly, I just use ctrl-a+" to get the interactive menu of windows, or ctrl-a+' if I know the name of the one I want to jump to. I'd rather no waste a line of realestate to show information that most of the time is useless to me.

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