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new terminal window?
Authored by: kerim on Mar 16, '02 07:42:53AM

Excuse my igrnorance, but how is this any different from simply opening a new terminal window?



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new terminal window?
Authored by: osxpez on Mar 16, '02 08:09:36AM
It differs in that you can't close the terminal window and then later expect to be able to attacch to the process that was running when you closed it. This you can do with screen. I often start lengthy, interactive, processes from screen on my computer at home. Then when at work I can check in on the process by logging in to my home computer and attaching to the screen started process. Or vice versa when I start a download or a compile or a sequence of tests or whatever on one of the machines at work. I can then attach to the processes from my home computer.

But you got it right in that screen is very much like an ordinary terminal window. It's just a tad more virtual. =)

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new terminal window?
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 17, '02 10:27:57AM

The advantage of using screen over simply opening a new terminal window is that you retain all the input/output interactivity that may have taken place. If you start a long running task in the background, log out, and then log back in after some time (say a few hours) with a new terminal window, you would've lost any output the long-running task might have generated while you were logged out.



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