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Ubuntu Polishes GNU Screen

May 26, 2009, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Schluting)

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"To run screen, simply execute the command screen

"You will see a flash, then be at a blank terminal. While it may seem that nothing has happened, what you're looking at is actually a new terminal within screen. You can continue as normal, but sooner or later you will wish to run a new terminal. First, let's get familiar with screen.

"Pressing the control and a keys simultaneously (which we'll denote with C-a from now on) signals screen to interpret the next command. So if you press C-a and let go, then press 'c' for "create," (C-a c) you will be in a new terminal window. You've created a new window within screen. You can view the list of windows with C-a w. If you exit your shell in the new window, screen will automatically destroy the window and you'll be back to the first. Create a few more and type some random commands in each (different ones in each). You can now press C-a then SPACE to move to the next window. If you press C-a a you will return to the previous window. Also, you can select windows directly by typing the number after C-a."

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