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Make GNU Screen Your Default Shell

Oct 18, 2010, 22:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Using GNU Screen can make life much easier, but how often do you start a job and then realize "I wish I'd started screen first"? I used to do it all the time, then I configured things so screen starts by default when I log into my server.

"Why do I want screen to start automatically when I log in? Like many folks, I work from more than one computer. I like to be able to SSH into a machine and pick up where I left off from another system. Many admins and other users like to run their IRC sessions with a combination of GNU Screen and irrsi, just so they can have a persistent session. The more you use screen, the more you'll find that it's a good idea to jump right in on startup. But to do that, you must either remember to start screen every time, or do it automatically. I vote for the automatic startup.

"Sometimes people try to set GNU Screen as the default shell. That might work to some extent, but you also get some weirdness with programs that look into /etc/passwd for your default shell."

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