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I would like to force GNU screen to reflow to the existing terminal width when I reattach a session. It seems to me this worked properly before I upgraded a machine to CentOS 6, but I cannot figure out how to restore it. (TERM=xterm)

Whenever I reattach a session, regardless of state when I detached it, it launches at 80 columns, resizing my terminal (PuTTY, in this case) along with it.

I'm launching & reattaching with:

screen -aA -R <session>

My .screenrc contains only the following, and a few irrelevant key bindings:

term xterm

defscrollback 10000

# status line at the bottom
hardstatus on
hardstatus alwayslastline
hardstatus string "${-}%{.0c}%-w%{.y0}%f%n %t%{-}%+w %=%{..G}[%H] %{..Y} %D %M %d, %Y %c | Load: %l"
caption splitonly "%{.yK}%3n t"
caption string "%{.c0}%3n %t"

vbell off

# Fix fullscreen programs
altscreen on
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You might have better luck with tmux, I can dynamically resize my Terminal window and the tmux inside will follow. – number5 Nov 13 '13 at 23:15

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after you reattach a ctrl-a F runs the "fit" command to resize the current window. if you reattach using the -A option it should resize all windows when you reattach. Are there others still attached to the screen session when you are attaching? For instance, are you having to use -x to reattach instead of -r? you can detach others when you reattach with "screen -D -r" instead of "screen -x", and I'd expect this to automatically refit windows.

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I am launching with -a -A, and no one else is attached. – Michael Dec 13 '11 at 15:49
This is still a problem with screen via Ubuntu 14.04. Fit doesn't work. Disconnecting and reconnecting does. Screen 4.2.1 is available from trusty backports. See the user backports documentation for information on enabling and using packages from the backports repository. – Greg Bell Oct 26 at 10:24
Even after doing this, I had to resize my terminal window to send whatever signal screen needed to actually do the resize. – krs013 Oct 29 at 3:25

Try adding this (from /etc/screenrc) to your ~/.screenrc:

# Change the xterm initialization string from is2=\E[!p\E[?3;4l\E[4l\E>
# (This fixes the "Aborted because of window size change" konsole symptoms found
#  in bug #134198)
termcapinfo xterm* 'is=\E[r\E[m\E[2J\E[H\E[?7h\E[?1;4;6l'

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