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Other screen tips
Authored by: norby on Nov 15, '02 12:35:22PM
  1. Use a .screenrc (in your home directory) to save your most used options, like this (I use ^W instead of ^A for reasons similar to the other poster, but use ^Z far too often to sacrifice it to screen): defscrollback 2000 vbell off startup_message off escape "^Ww"
  2. Use screen -x to connect to the same session from multiple places - you don't have to disconnect to re-connect from elsewhere.
  3. Screen has its own built-in scrollback. Use -[ to go into scroll mode, Ctrl-F/B go forward and back a page, and depending on whether your terminal is correctly setup or not, you should be able to use arrow keys, page-up/down, etc. Hit Enter to mark the beginning of a section to copy, then Enter again to mark the end. I think -] pastes, but I don't use it too often, so don't quote me on it. Check the man page for more details (man screen). -? for a key quick-ref while screen is running.
  4. Many terminal issues relating to color, scrollback, etc. can be tweaked by changing the value of the environment variable $TERM before or during your screen session (whether you need to change it before or after depends on what you're trying to accomplish (I'm not going to go into details, as they're too complex for me to understand, and therefore to pass along to anyone else)

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