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I'm trying to use Byobu on a Linux server via SSH from Windows.
I've tried with MobaXterm and putty, but some of the F key combinations simply don't work. In MobaXterm there is even a dedicated Byobu terminal type setting, but the F5-F8 keys ignore the key combinations with Ctrl.

I've listed the codes sent to the terminal with cat -v. The code for example F6 is ^[[17~, but for Ctrl+F6, it sends the exact same code.

Is there any terminal client for Windows that can send distinct codes for all F-keys with all modifiers (Ctrl, Alt, Shift)?

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because its about Windows software – Romeo Ninov Feb 14 at 20:52
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    byobu is a linux software, ssh is a linux technology, and many people are using linux from windows. So I don't think it's totally off-topic. Btw why is there even a putty keyword defined? It is a windows software. – csadam Feb 14 at 20:59
  • See if these suggestions help (on PuTTY): askubuntu.com/q/529258/819150 – filbranden Feb 15 at 6:54
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Terminals running in MS-Windows

You can run various X clients on MS-windows (including terminal emulators), but you will need to run an X11 server on your MS-windows machine: See Cygwin.

Terminals running remotely, but displayed localy

You can also use VNC, to forward a desktop (does not have to be shared with the real display(screen, keyboard, pointing device) at the remote end).

You can use X11, to forward individual application windows to your local machine: see Cygwin.

Virtual machines

You can run Gnu/Linux, inside Virtual-Box. This way you can install whatever software you want. It has seamless mode, where windows from host and guest appear together on the same desktop (It works almost seamlessly). On a modern CPU, Virutal-Box is fast.

  • MobaXterm contains an X server, so it's not a problem. But for this solution I have to install the GUI packages on the Linux server, right? (I mostly use headless virtual machines via ssh.) – csadam Feb 15 at 13:08
  • You can install GUI clients on the Gnu/Linux server, or install them on the local MS-Windows terminal (they can run under Cygwin). – ctrl-alt-delor Feb 15 at 13:15
  • I've tried to install gnome-terminal and terminator in MobaXterm's internal cygwin, but none of them wants to start for some reason. Then I've tested the "native" bash shell included in Windows 10 (Windows subsystem for Linux) and it seems to work correctly. (Unfortunately I'm using Win 8.1 on my primary machine) If you can add this to the answer, then I will accept it as there are no other suggestions. – csadam Feb 21 at 15:03
  • Why not add an answer of you own? – ctrl-alt-delor Feb 21 at 15:55

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