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Share your terminal session real-time

Terminal - Share your terminal session real-time
mkfifo foo; script -f foo
2011-09-08 02:51:44
User: realist
Functions: mkfifo script
Share your terminal session real-time

One person does `mkfifo foo; script -f foo' and another can supervise real-time what is being done using `cat foo'.


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Terminal - Alternatives
tb send xmpp:[email protected]
2013-04-08 00:29:43

After installing Termbeamer (see termbeamer.com) you can use it to share a terminal session with one or more others even from behind a firewall or NAT.

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I wasn't able to reproduce your commando on a RHEL 5.5. Can you please add more detailed instructions?



Comment by ztank1013 246 weeks and 4 days ago

See also

screen -x

for a more advanced solution where all sharing persons can type in the session. (Although it needs elaborate setup to work with different users.)

Comment by hfs 246 weeks and 4 days ago

Nice thinking but not really working here on a CentOS 5.3 box.

Comment by DaveQB 246 weeks and 3 days ago

ztank, read the man pages for the 'script' command, and much will become clear. Essentially, script records all keystrokes, stdin and stdout, including timing information. The '-f' option allows you to specify a file where all of this information will be stored. Catting that file will send all of this back out to the screen, echoed at the same rate that the commands were typed in. You will have to make sure that script is installed on your box for this command to work.

To test this:

in one terminal,

mkfifo foo

in a second terminal

cat foo

in the first terminal

script -f foo

Then run several commands in the first terminal, and they will be echoed in both terminal 1 and terminal 2.

Comment by bartonski 245 weeks and 5 days ago

if you want to keep a transcript of the session, you can simply run

script -f asdf

then have observers run

tail -f asdf

(In this case asdf is *not* a fifo)

For some reason, there is a slight delay between typing and seeing text echo under 'tail -f asdf' (whereas I saw no delay when catting the fifo 'foo').

Comment by bartonski 245 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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