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Terminal - Commands tagged screen - 37 results
ssh(){ L="\$HOME/logs/$(date +%F_%H:%M)-$USER";/usr/bin/ssh -t "$@" "mkdir -p \"${L%/*}\";screen -xRRS $USER script -f \"$L\"";}
2015-10-14 13:14:29
User: flatcap
Functions: ssh

A wrapper around ssh to automatically provide logging and session handling.

This function runs ssh, which runs screen, which runs script.


The logs and the screen session are stored on the server.

This means you can leave a session running and re-attach to it later, or from another machine.




* Log sessions on a remote server

* Transparent - nothing extra to type

* No installation - nothing to copy to the server beforehand



* Function wrapper delegating to ssh

- so nothing to remember

- uses .ssh/config as expected

- passes your command line option to ssh

* Self-contained: no scripts to install on the server

* Uses screen(1), so is:

- detachable

- re-attachable

- shareable

* Records session using script(1)

* Configurable log file location, which may contain variables or whitespace

L="$HOME" # local variable

L="\$HOME" # server variable

L="some space"



* Log dir/file may not contain '~' (which would require eval on the server)



The sessions are named by the local user connecting to the server.

Therefore if you detach and re-run the same command you will reconnect to your original session.

If you want to connect/share another's session simply run:

USER=bob ssh [email protected]


The command above is stripped down to an absolute minimum.

A fully expanded and annotated version is available as a Gist (git pastebin):



If you want to add timing info to script, change the command to:

ssh(){ L="\$HOME/logs/$(date +%F_%H:%M)-$USER";/usr/bin/ssh -t "$@" "mkdir -p \"${L%/*}\";screen -xRRS $USER script --timing=\"$L-timing\" -f \"$L\"";}
alias m='screen -S $$ -m script'
2015-10-01 18:07:18
Functions: alias
Tags: screen script

A quick alias I use right before logging into a server so that I have a log of the transactions as well as the ability to re-connect from another computer. Useful for when your boss says "what commands did you run again on that server?" and you had already closed the terminal ;)

I wrapped it in a script now, with more features, but this is the heart of it.

Never leave home without it.

xbacklight -set 50
2014-02-07 12:03:57
User: gabe240

I'm not sure what apt this is, but it seems to work on most X screens, an is useful for saving power, and not straining your eyes

xdpyinfo | grep dimensions | awk '{print $2}'
screen -R -D -S sessionname -q
complete -C "perl -e [email protected]=split(/ /,\$ENV{COMP_LINE},-1);\$w=pop(@w);for(qx(screen -ls)){print qq/\$1\n/ if (/^\s*\$w/&&/(\d+\.\w+)/||/\d+\.(\$w\w*)/)}'" screen
2013-04-10 17:17:33
User: hubt
Tags: bash screen

this bash command sets it so that when you type "screen ", it searches your running screens, and present valid auto-complete choices. The output is .

Note: You must have programmable completion enabled. Check with "shopt progcomp", set with "shopt -s progcomp"

alias sdr="screen -dR"
2012-10-22 21:46:26
User: tox2ik
Functions: alias
Tags: bash screen

There is no need to use the shell or construct. Screen offers varius ways of detaching and reattaching. man screen and look for -[rRdD].

to create a named session: sdr moo


resume: sdr moo

screen -r irc || screen -S irc irssi
2012-10-19 12:12:54
User: daneoshiga
Functions: screen
Tags: bash screen irssi

Tries to reattach to screen, if it's not available, creates one.

created an alias "irc" for it, since sometimes i forget if there already is a screen session running with irssi, this way I avoid creating a new one by mistake.

s() { screen -d -RR -m -S "$1" -t "$USER"@"$1" ssh "$1"; }
2012-09-07 23:02:52
User: salamando
Functions: screen ssh
Tags: ssh screen Linux

Use as: $ s host1

Will ssh to remote host upon first invocation. Then use C-a d to detatch. Running "s host1" again will resume the shell session on the remote host. Only useful in LAN environment. You'd want to start the screen on the remote host over a WAN.

Adapted from Hack 34 in Linux Server Hacks 2nd Addition.

alias irc="screen -D -R -S chatclient irssi"
2012-08-12 13:24:43
User: expelledboy
Functions: alias

This command attempts to attach to existing irssi session, if one exists, otherwise creates one.

I use "irc" because I use different irc clients depending on what system I am working on. Consistency is queen.

screen -S [name] -d -m [<command>]
2012-08-10 09:30:22
User: bones
Functions: screen

Starts a detached screen with the given screen-name.

Can be useful for automatic started scripts and init.d-scripts.

ash prod<tab>
2012-05-12 19:51:02
User: c3w


. a Ruby SSH helper script

. reads a JSON config file to read host, FQDN, user, port, tunnel options

. changes OSX Terminal profiles based on host 'type'


put 'ash' ruby script in your PATH

modify and copy ashrc-dist to ~/.ashrc

configure OSX Terminal profiles, such as "webserver", "development", etc

run "ash myhostname" and away you go!

v.2 will re-attach to a 'screen' named in your ~/.ashrc

cvlc --input-slave pulse://<device> screen:// --screen-fps=15 --screen-top=0 --screen-left=0 --screen-width=640 --screen-height=480 --sout='#transcode{vcodec=FLV1,vb=1600,acodec=aac}:std{access=file,mux=ffmpeg{mux=flv},dst=viewport1.flv}'
2012-04-20 17:55:41
User: ysangkok

Errors in output don't matter. Stop recording: ctrl-c. Result playable with Flash too.

IMPORTANT: Find a Pulse Audio device to capture from: pactl list | grep -A2 'Source #' | grep 'Name: ' | cut -d" " -f2

rlwrap -S "$STY> " sh -c 'while read; do screen -S "'"$STY"'" -X $REPLY; done'
2012-04-16 21:49:06
User: bandie91
Functions: screen sh
Tags: screen rlwrap

run it inside a screen session, you send commands to screen itself!

<ctrl+a>:at "#" stuff "echo hello world^M"
switchMonitor () { LF=/tmp/screen-lock; if [ -f $LF ]; then rm $LF; else touch $LF; sleep .5; while [ -f $LF ]; do xset dpms force off; sleep 2; done; fi };
2011-08-26 17:55:44
User: totti
Functions: rm sleep touch

Use the command to create a script and bind it to a key using keyboard shortcut.


Script locks the screen in a loop until the command is executed again.At first it

screen -x <screen_id>
# su - <user> ; script /dev/null ; screen -r
2011-07-04 16:26:10
User: dmmst19
Functions: screen script su
Tags: screen su pty

Normally, if you su to another user from root and try to resume that other user's screen session, you will get an error like "Cannot open your terminal '/dev/pts/0' - please check." This is because the other user doesn't have permission for root's pty. You can get around this by running a "script" session as the new user, before trying to resume the screen session. Note you will have to execute each of the three commands separately, not all on the same line as shown here.

Credit: I found this at http://www.hjackson.org/blog/archives/2008/11/29/cannot-open-your-terminal-dev-pts-please-check.

echo 'hardstatus alwayslastline " %d-%m-%y %c:%s | %w"' >> $HOME/.screenrc; screen
2011-02-16 08:04:56
User: olorin
Functions: echo

Configures screen to always display the clock in the last line (has to be configured only once).

After that you not only have got the possibility to detach sessions and run them in background, but also have got a nice clock permanently on your screen.

alias irssi="screen -wipe; screen -A -U -x -R -S irssi irssi"
2010-12-15 09:10:53
User: djsmiley2k
Functions: alias

Bash alias for easy irssi within screen, attempts to attach to existing irssi session, if one exists, otherwise creates one - Including wipe for when system reboots and leaves "dead" session.

cd /proc&&ps a -opid=|xargs -I+ sh -c '[[ $PPID -ne + ]]&&echo -e "\n[+]"&&tr -s "\000" " "<+/cmdline&&echo&&tr -s "\000\033" "\nE"<+/environ|sort'

Grabs the cmdline used to execute the process, and the environment that the process is being run under. This is much different than the 'env' command, which only lists the environment for the shell. This is very useful (to me at least) to debug various processes on my server. For example, this lets me see the environment that my apache, mysqld, bind, and other server processes have.

Here's a function I use:

aa_ps_all () { ( cd /proc && command ps -A -opid= | xargs -I'{}' sh -c 'test $PPID -ne {}&&test -r {}/cmdline&&echo -e "\n[{}]"&&tr -s "\000" " "<{}/cmdline&&echo&&tr -s "\000\033" "\nE"<{}/environ|sort&&cat {}/limits' ); }

From my .bash_profile at http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

cat > /dev/null
2010-10-08 14:35:25
User: GouNiNi
Functions: cat

In exemple, screen can bind keys to switch between windows. I like to use Ctrl + Arrow to move left or right window. So I bind like this in .screenrc :

bindkey ^[OD prev # Ctl-left, prev window

bindkey ^[OC next # Ctl-right, next window

bindkey ^f at "#" kill
2010-10-07 12:01:38
Functions: at
Tags: screen

Kills all windows in a gnu screen session and terminates it , on pressing Control-f , useful in closing screen session with large number of windows . Add it to your screenrc .

screen /dev/tty<device> 9600
screen -raAd
2010-04-12 22:54:58
User: rkulla
Functions: screen

By default, screen tries to restore its old window sizes when attaching to resizable terminals. This command is the command-line equivalent to typing ^A F to fit an open screen session to the window.