Questions tagged [gnu-screen]

screen (GNU Screen) is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes (typically interactive shells). For computer monitors, see the tag /monitors.

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GNU screen freezes trying to reattach

I have several long-running GNU screen sessions. I ssh to the box they're running on and run screen -d -r foo to detach them if they're connected anywhere else, and then attach them in my current ...
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How do I bind to Shift+{Left,Right} in tmux?

I'm looking at tmux from screen, and have hit a bump while configuring the (highly configurable!) tmux key bindings. Problem is, in my .screenrc I have bindkey ^[[d prev bindkey ^[[c next bindkey ^[[...
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Clearing GNU Screen after full-screen application

When working at a normal xterm (not sure about a "real" terminal), when a full-screen program such as man or vim is closed, it disappears, leaving your screen so you can see your prompt, and previous ...
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Is there a way to run 'screen' in read-only mode?

I'd like to be able to check progress and output of my existing screen sessions, but in a read-only manner, so as to prevent something from going wrong due to user error. Is there a way to do this?
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GNU screen status bar - how to make it display shell session names?

Let's say I have several shell "tabs" (or screens? sessions?) named bash1, bash2, etc. open in GNU screen. I want the status bar (i.e., the caption line) to display the names as "bash1 | bash2 | ..", ...
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Suggested setup for an ultra-lightweight text-based programming environment in linux

I am looking for suggestions for a setup for my particular needs. I haven't done much linux since college and want to get back into it as a hobby. I have some not-too-powerful hardware (512 MB ram, ...
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How to get Kali Linux to not go to sleep?

I'm using Kali linux on vmware in windows7. I've been trying to crack my wpa password and noticed that when I leave the system running (in process of cracking password) and leave the laptop on and go ...
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Prevent GNU Screen from closing

Is there any way to make GNU Screen not close if I end all its subprocesses? Ideally, it would create a new window running a shell if I accidentally closed the last window.
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What triggers this screen prompt “Screen used by <username> on host01.”?

Every now and then some key combination clears my working (Gnu) screen and brings up this message: Screen used by <username> on host01 Password: What key combination causes this and what does ...
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How do I highlight a search result in tmux?

When I search a terminal window in tmux, it sets the cursor the keyword search, but doesn't highlight the matching word. Screen used to do this, and it was much easier to visually find a match. ...
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Change the parent process of a process?

Is it possible to change the parent process of a process? If yes, how? For example, how does screen manage to attach a screen session and the processes running inside it to different shell ...
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Working with screen and emacs

I'm working with emacs (on the terminal) and I use screen to switch between terminals. The key combination Ctrl+A is grabbed by screen. Is there a way to change screen key binding?
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How do I stop screen from clobbering my titles?

I am using bash and GNU screen on centos7. I notice that if I ssh to another server, change the title (via ctrl+a+A), and log out of the server that my new title gets overwritten by USER@HOST:~. How ...
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Is there a tmux equivalent of “screen -D -R”

I would like to know if there is a way to get tmux to behave like screen -D -R so I could say, have the command as a default command in Putty. These screen switches would force detach of an existing ...
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How to effectively use screen and SSH?

I'd like to configure SSH and screen such that a login will always reattach to a screen session. Ideally, that session would not quit but detach when I press C-d. How can this be achieved? And what ...
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Send command to detached screen and get the output

I've been searching to find a way to send a command to a detached screen session. So far, so good. This is what I've come up with: $ screen -S test -p 0 -X stuff 'command\n' This command works as it ...
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How to allow Page Up in GNU Screen?

I use Vim to edit text files on Linux. Commonly I connect to remote Linux machines using PuTTY from Windows. I use GNU Screen commonly as well. When using Vim inside Screen I am unable to use the ...
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page up in gnu screen with Shift-PageUp [duplicate]

In the Linux terminal the key sequence Shift-PageUp can often be used to scroll up. However, this key sequence doesn't seem to work in gnu screen when ssh'ing to particular machines. I have two ...
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Does a terminal multiplexer have any benefit when used with a tiling window manager?

Both terminal multiplexers (screen, tmux) and keyboard-driven tiling window managers (ratpoison, dwm, xmonad) provide similar functionality. Is there any benefit in using both at the same time? What ...
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Can I easily search my history across many screen windows?

My current screen session has 12 open windows on it. It's been running for weeks... I know I executed an ImageMagick convert command in one of these 12 screen windows sometime last week... is there ...
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GNU Screen window rename nuisance

I like to pop up a screen session with pre-opened SSH connections to the primary servers that I administrate at the office. I give these windows each a very brief name, typically 2-4 characters, so ...
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GNU Screen doesn't echo unicode characters correct

When I do this in my terminal: echo -e "\xF0\x9f\x8d\xba" I get a cool beer mug in my terminal: 🍺 However, when I start screen, and try the same, I'm getting a �. How do I get the nice beer mug? ...
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Showing GNU screen session name and window title in shell prompt

Is there a way to present the GNU Screen session name and window title in the prompt of the shell (let us say, the Bash prompt defined by PS1)?
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How to move window in GNU Screen

I have a window called 'Codes' in window 1, and I want to move it to window 7, is it possible?
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Prevent Logoff from Killing tmux Session

I have noticed that a logoff (log out) from my X user session will kill any tmux session I have initiated, even sessions I had run with sudo tmux and similar commands. I am sure that this formerly did ...
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GNU Screen: How to enable or disable logging while screen is already attached?

Suppose I have an attached screen, but I forgot to execute screen -L initially. Is it possible to enable and disable the logging of the currently attached screen without re-executing screen? I know ...
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How to do block selection in `screen`

In vim, there's a CtrlV to do block selection. How can I do it in screen?
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Can a program detect it is running in a detached screen?

I am running an interactive curses program in a screen session on quite weak hardware. Most of the time, the screen is detached. Is there a way for this program to detect this situation, and basically ...
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Fixing CTRL-* in vim under GNU screen

When running vim under GNU screen, I'm finding that combinations of CTRL with the arrow and Pg* keys don't work as expected. I'm using the Ubuntu 10.10 vim-gnome package. On a different machine, ...
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screen + vim — Any way to automatically set screen window name to open vim filename?

I have a pretty nice screen rc file that shows me the open screen windows almost like tabs at the bottom of the terminal. Currently the windows are named according to my prompt which is not so useful. ...
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Why am I getting 'Name collision between …' errors and how can I fix them?

Every time I try to launch vim or emacs or even top (I think it's actually any command that uses ncurses) in a unix terminal (on a cluster computer over ssh), I get a a continuous stream of 'Name ...
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Redirect linux console on boot

Is it possible on boot to redirect the console output to a screen session? The server has no monitor attached, and I'd like to be able to see the primary console output. I've seen other posts about ...
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Find out which command is running within a screen session

I often leave tasks running within screen so that I can check on them later, but I sometimes need to check which command is running within the screen. It's usually a php script of sorts, such as ...
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.ssh/config way to specify pseudo-tty allocation and command execution

Is there any way to specify, in .ssh/config, a command like: ssh -t remote-host "screen -dR screen_name" so I can easily access the remote screen session with ssh remote-host? Right now I solved ...
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Is there a way to show previous messages in screen?

When I use screen I can only see the current data on the terminal (commands, messages, etc.). Is there a way, apart from printing anything I want to a file, to see the previous messages (the same ...
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Extend the scrollable content of gnu-screen?

Using the screen terminal environment, I ofen enter copy mode by using Ctrl-aEsc. However, the scrollable output is often too short for me to view the desired information. What do I modify to extend ...
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Connect to byobu screen session and execute command?

In a script I am building I'm experimenting with how to automate as much as possible. One of the more interesting challenges is to connect to a byobu screen session and execute a command. So I ...
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Force title on GNU screen

By default, the title of a screen session is the name of the last command entered, which is fine for me, but in some cases I'd like to change it. I know the command Ctrl-A A, but it only changes the ...
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Screen status bar to display current directory for zsh/bash shell

I use GNU screen a lot with zsh as my shell. It would be a nice feature (I think) to be able to display the current directory name (not the full path) as the tab title. I can do that with CTRL+A ...
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GNU screen - Restore a session with splitted screen

When I restore a splitted session of screen, I've got only one print session and have to reconfigure the number of display session. Is there another way to have the original screen configuration?
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Opening multiple split windows with GNU screen with single bash script

I would like to create a bash script to automatically open a screen window with 4 sessions running predetermined commands. I'd like to open htop and slurm on the top two frames, squidview in the ...
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emacs colors based on $TERM environment variable

I want to know if it is possible to make emacs, when running in a gnu screen or tmux session, use the same colors as when TERM=xterm. In a gnu screen or tmux session, TERM=screen and emacs uses a ...
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Screen status bar multiple lines

I am using screen with several tabs open to separate my projects between them. However, when I open too many tabs they just appear off screen and I can no longer see them in my "screen status bar". I ...
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How to screen'ize already running session? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I disown a running process and associate it to a new screen shell? It is a good practice to run long processes in screen session, to protect them from session hangups. ...
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How can I resume a screen that I did not manage to detach?

I use the screen Screen visual consoles. To detach a screen I need to press Ctrl+A followed by D but some time a session is closed without detaching it. It appears as (Attached) on screen -list: ...
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How does `screen` actually work?

I just learned about screen and it looks wonderful. Some questions: How do they actually work? Why are downloads / process not interrupted in screens even though something bad happened?
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Sharing a terminal with multiple users (with screen or otherwise)

I am setting up a server where there are multiple developers working on multiple applications. I have figured out how to give certain developers shared access to the necessary application directories ...
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How to tell if terminal session is running within screen

When running a bash script, I would like to be able to tell if it is running within a screen. Is this possible? I want this so that .bashrc can set the colour of the command prompt depending on ...
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Find out screen id

I want to start a program with SSH using PHP, which works fine, but now I want to kill the screen with PHP, but the only thing I know is the name of the screen. How do I find out the screen ID (...
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GNU Screen switch from vertical split to horizontal and back

I'm using a recent version of GNU Screen, supporting vertical splits. Once I have split a window in 2, how can I switch so that they are both dividing the whole region in half horizontally versus ...