Transfer Your Terminal with Screen

Shawn Powers demonstrates the use of the screen command to resume your command line applications when you switch computers.


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Screen tips

ed neville's picture

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:

Best regards

Screen Woes on OS/X

grabur's picture

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?

From OSX?

Shawn Powers's picture

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 an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


ari_stress's picture

Thanks for the video. Nice tips! :)

Transfer Your Terminal with Screen

Vince's picture

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.

GNU screen is awesome

Adam Backstrom's picture

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.

That Doughnut Was Tasty

Shawn Powers's picture

It was the last doughnut in the box, and they gave me a hard time about it. :)

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

next to ssh, screen is one

jkrider's picture

next to ssh, screen is one of the must haves for a sys admin

mmm... be right back, time for popcorn

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