January 27, 2009

SHORTCUTS: linux screen keyboard shortcuts

"screen is a much under utilised program, which provides the following functionality:

* Remote terminal session management (detaching or sharing terminal sessions)
* unlimited windows (unlike the hardcoded number of Linux virtual consoles)
* scrollback buffer (not limited to video memory like Linux virtual consoles)
* copy/paste between windows
* notification of either activity or inactivity in a window
* split terminal (horizontally) into multiple regions (vertical support added Aug 2008)
* locking other users out of terminal

See also my screen settings

Key Action Notes
Ctrl+a c new window
Ctrl+a n next window I bind F12 to this
Ctrl+a p previous window I bind F11 to this
Ctrl+a " select window from list I have window list in the status line
Ctrl+a Ctrl+a previous window viewed

Ctrl+a S split terminal horizontally into regions Ctrl+a c to create new window there
Ctrl+a :resize resize region
Ctrl+a :fit fit screen size to new terminal size Ctrl+a F is the same. Do after resizing xterm
Ctrl+a :remove remove region Ctrl+a X is the same
Ctrl+a tab Move to next region

Ctrl+a d detach screen from terminal Start screen with -r option to reattach
Ctrl+a A set window title
Ctrl+a x lock session Enter user password to unlock
Ctrl+a [ enter scrollback/copy mode Enter to start and end copy region. Ctrl+a ] to leave this mode
Ctrl+a ] paste buffer Supports pasting between windows
Ctrl+a > write paste buffer to file useful for copying between screens
Ctrl+a < read paste buffer from file useful for pasting between screens

Ctrl+a ? show key bindings/command names Note unbound commands only in man page
Ctrl+a : goto screen command prompt up shows last command entered" pixelbeat.org

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