While using GNU Screen in copy mode, I sometimes want to abort in the middle and go back to the prompt. What command will exactly achieve that ?

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I think you want to use the Esc key. At least, that is what I use to get out of copy mode in screen.

There are many alternative strategies as well, including hitting q, or hitting the Return key twice.

  • The Return is dangerous. I had a bad experience while doing a distupgrade. It did exit copy mode, but did it also answering an apt-get question about keeping an old file configuration. So, I would prefer a control-a combination to exit copy mode. Any more robust suggestions?
    – DrBeco
    Dec 30, 2019 at 17:08

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