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Introduction to tmux: A GNU Screen Alternative

Mar 16, 2011, 22:07 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"GNU Screen is one of the most useful utilities for any admin, but what if Screen isn't your cup of tea? For the longest time, GNU Screen was the only game in town -- but the up-and-coming tmux is worth checking out.

"What's tmux? Like Screen, it's a "terminal multiplexer," which is a fancy way of saying you can run multiple sessions in the same terminal (and then some). Like Screen, tmux does much more than just let you manage "windows" (or, you know, screens if you prefer) running pseudo terminals.

"How does tmux differ from Screen? Aside from licensing (GNU Screen is GPL'ed, tmux is BSD licensed), which is a big hairball that I won't get into, tmux offers a few features that Screen does not."

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