I was unable to resume my screen session this morning, even after I killed the old screen -r session.

svtbuild@dvm-2:~/rfs$ screen -r 17757.pts-0.dvm-2
There is a screen on:
    17757.pts-0.dvm-2   (11/27/2012 04:49:19 PM)    (Attached)
There is no screen to be resumed matching 17757.pts-0.dvm-2.

After waiting for a while I was able to resume. How can I do this more reliably?

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    From the screen manpage: screen -D -R. – ott-- Dec 10 '12 at 15:47
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    @ott-- If this is the solution, can you post it as an answer with a short explanation of the flags? – Bernhard Dec 10 '12 at 16:19

From the screen manpage:

screen -D -R
Attach here and now. In detail this means: If a session is running, then reattach.
If necessary detach and logout remotely first. If it was not running create it
and notify the user.

As mentioned for the options -D -RR, unless you know the status of your session(s), you should check it with screen -list.

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