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Linux.com: Using Screen for Remote Interaction

Aug 23, 2006, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hollenback)

"Recently I needed to do some distance education; one of my coworkers wanted me to show him how to do software builds on Linux. The only problem was that I'm on the East Coast and he is on the West. How could I show him the build and install process? After considering some alternatives, we found our solution in GNU Screen.

"I considered using the standard Unix utility script to save a log of my typing. script has several problems, not the least of which is the horrible resulting output (script saves everything, including carriage returns and corrections). In addition, this would be completely non-interactive. If my coworker had a question or needed a clarification, we would have to correspond via email afterward. That would be a frustrating experience for both of us..."

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