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My ~/.byobu/windows.tmux file is getting a bit complex and I would like to document it with comments.

How to insert comments in Byobu's windows.tmux file?

Using # as seen below results in a unknown command: # error message.

# Start monitors for each customer
new-session -n va /home/me/bin/monitor-1.sh;
new-window -n vk /home/me/bin/monitor-2.sh;
new-window -n vd /home/me/bin/monitor-3.sh;
new-window -n su bash ;

Versions:

$ byobu --version
byobu version 5.92
tmux 1.9
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  • Which version of tmux are you using? – mjturner Jul 24 '15 at 11:42
  • FYI, the byobu developer frequently answers byobu questions in AskUbuntu. Maybe asking there would help? – Cliff Oct 25 '15 at 23:19
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As per the manual page

Users can create a list of windows to launch at startup in $BYOBU_CONFIG_DIR/windows and $BYOBU_CONFIG_DIR/windows.tmux. This file is the same syntax as ~/.screenrc and ~/.tmuxrc, each line specifying a window, as described in screen(1) or tmux(1)

The standard comment character in a tmux configuration file is #. Anything after a # is ignored.

# Set the default keybindings
set -g prefix C-a
unbind-key C-b
bind C-a send-prefix
...
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    Just tried it, and I get: unknown command: # – Nicolas Raoul Jul 24 '15 at 11:03
  • Very strange. I've just double checked the documentation and the windows.tmux format is the same as that of ~/.tmux.conf. Can you paste an excerpt of your file in the original question? – mjturner Jul 24 '15 at 11:28
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You should be able to comment lines with a # character. It may be that this character has to start a line and entries like set ... # setting a new value are not allowed.

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    I've just tested, and in ~/.tmux.conf, anything after a # that's not in quotes is ignored (as expected) – mjturner Jul 24 '15 at 11:27
  • @mjturner: This question is about ~/.byobu/windows.tmux which might be different from ~/.tmux.conf. – Nicolas Raoul Jan 19 '18 at 4:47

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