In gnu screen I can set the window title using Ctrl-a Shift-a <name>. When I am inside bash prompt I can determine whether I am inside screen by checking the variable $STY. Can I check some variable and determine the name of the currently open window?

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There's not a variable for the current window title, but $WINDOW has the window number which I believe can be used in any command that takes the title.

If you just want to see the window title, then C-a N (Ctrl+a,N) will show the current window number and (title) in the message line (typically appears in the bottom left for a couple of seconds and disappears).

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