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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, because the byobu installed on my vultr VPS does. But anywhere else it does not behave like this. So I guess there must be some options hidden.

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  • Not sure what is the exact question. But if you have long output, you can pipe it through less to get "scroll" over that buffer. It is automatic sometimes, but you can suppress it by piping the output through cat – Jakuje Aug 17 '15 at 12:38
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You certainly can save the entire contents of your current Byobu window or split to a buffer, using the hot key Shift-F7.

Shift-F7                     Save history to $BYOBU_RUN_DIR/printscreen

Full disclosure: I am the author and maintainer of Byobu.

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  • alt+F7 or shift+F7 would open vim on my old machine (Ubuntu 14.04), I was not able to do it on my new machine with Ubuntu 16.04 and byobu 5.106. Do you have any clue? – RNA Dec 6 '17 at 4:03
  • Can I change output path to $PWD/printscreen instead of $BYOBU_RUN_DIR/printscreen ? – biocyberman Jul 10 '18 at 9:00

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