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detach remote console for long running operations

Terminal - detach remote console for long running operations
dtach -c /tmp/wires-mc mc
2009-06-17 22:18:25
User: wires
detach remote console for long running operations

Starts midnightcommander and allows you to detach the console; use ctrl-\ to detach

Then at a later time you can reconnect using

dtach -a /tmp/wires-mc

In my experience dtach works much better for programs like irssi, mutt, mc, aptitude than screen does.


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Upvoted, I'm a screen user, but still I use dtach on machine where screen is not installed and where I can compile it from the small source.

Comment by skinp 456 weeks and 6 days ago

Right. Plus i can never get screen to work corretly with mc, etc... could be me.

ps. thanks for your vim command, it's in my bag of tricks since; use it daily.

Comment by wires 456 weeks and 6 days ago

Why is screen considered not as good for some programs? Just curious.

Comment by bwoodacre 456 weeks and 2 days ago

I was going to post this command. Deserves 10^10 ups!

@bwoodacre For me, using screens when I could use dtach is like using a bazooka to kill a moth (detach function was the only one I ever used in screens).

Comment by leovailati 358 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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