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I have several CLI application ideas that would be nice to run as an "overlay" on top of my terminal session.

In other words I would like to superimpose a box containing a real live shell prompt on top of whatever is currently displaying in my terminal. Nothing more than that.

It could work exactly like tmux except instead of windows and panes, it would just be a one-line-high terminal on top of whatever is existing, but I don't really need a "real" one-line-high terminal; it could just be a prompt by some other means, if that's possible.

Any ideas of where to start solving this?

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    So you are looking more-or-less for a non-modifiable tmux layout without pane borders?
    – peterph
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 18:47
  • @peterph I'm not really sure what you mean. I'm just looking for any way of temporarily overlaying a shell prompt on top of my terminal so that if I'm in an ncurses app and I just want to run a quick command I can; like making a new tmux pane, typing a command, and closing the pane, but much faster and thus entirely different in terms of "user experience".
    – themirror
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 19:02
  • Do you mean a scratchpad?
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 19:11
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    Why not just create a new window? You would need some kind of hotkey to switch to your overlay anyway, so I don't see an advantage in that compared to a window. Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 19:56
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    @themirror another iteration: are you looking for a CLI/curses equivalent of Tilda, Yakuake or Guake?
    – peterph
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 23:32

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