Can't imagine I'm the first one to wonder, but I really can't find anything on this - maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms.

I'm looking for a terminal emulator that would allow me to navigate through the output like a text file using the keyboard. There are some really good ways to do this inside Emacs. Specifically the FANTASTIC multi-term package which lets you switch between text/terminal mode very easily, but running terminals inside emacs isn't very lightweight.

I'd love something that is exactly like xterm or xrvt but allows you to do something similar. Suggestions?

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    screen and tmux do this Aug 31, 2017 at 21:40
  • Screen and tmux do this, but Emacs do it better. Aug 31, 2017 at 22:37
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    How is the title of your post related to the post itself? You ask nothing about highlighting.
    – egmont
    Sep 1, 2017 at 13:28

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Termite is a very nice lightweight terminal that has keybindings to allow you to scroll through the output buffer as well as to select and copy text all with or without using a mouse.

Otherwise you can use screen or tmux to give you this functionally in any terminal.

  • Termite provided thorough satisfaction. What an elegant little piece of software, exactly what I was looking for. Aug 31, 2017 at 22:54

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