Gnu Screen

Running some experiment on a VM server I rapidly ran out of patience having to wait for commands to run, and/or switching back and forth using Ctrl+Z, bg, and fg. My thoughts went back to Nick Black who had introduced me to Gnu Screen several years back, alas I has forgotten the short-cuts, Thankfully Google and the man page came to the rescue.

Since the VM server was a CentOS 6.0 box, with minimal install, I had to install Gnu Screen using;

  1. yum -y install screen

Here’s a summary of the shortcuts that may be useful;

  • Ctrl+A, c : create a new screen
  • Ctrl+A, A : set a name for the screen instead of the default shell name (bash)
  • Ctrl+A, " : lists the screens available
  • Ctrl+A, n : toggle to next screen
  • Ctrl+A, p : toggle to previous screen



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