Shawn Powers demonstrates the use of the screen command to resume your command line applications when you switch computers.
Screen, mutt, bash and vim are perhaps the tools that I cannot live without.
I've put together a short page detailing what I use most in screen, this might be of use to others:
This is probably a simple keyboard, binding issue, but just when I had swatted up, and saw the virtues of screen, I tried it at work from a terminal to another machine over ssh in OS/X and had a horrible time, with keyboard problems. Anyone else?
Are you ssh'ing into a Linux box, or running screen in OSX? I've never been able to use screen from OSX itself, but had an OK time if I'm ssh'd into a Linux machine...
Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.
Thanks for the video. Nice tips! :)
I like these small videos. Sometime it's a lot easier to see someone do something as they explain it than see it in print.
I can't live without screen these days. My nicely-configured shell turns p hostname into exec ssh hostname 'screen -RD' so I can quickly replace my local shell with screen on a remote server. No worrying about dropped network connections or having to back out of my shells, I just detach and reconnect later.
exec ssh hostname 'screen -RD'
It was the last doughnut in the box, and they gave me a hard time about it. :)
next to ssh, screen is one of the must haves for a sys admin
mmm... be right back, time for popcorn