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casperdaghost 05-28-2011 10:01 AM

gnu screen - separate windows
i am working with screen and it automagically consolidates all the screen into one terminal. however I am looking for a way to each time i create a new screen session it is a new xterm window. I have tried playing with the rcscreen files but don't really know the command, and and searchs for seperate or detached screen are leading me to other topics.

again - instead of having all the screens on one terminal have each screen in its own window. So when i control -n to the next window, i can watch myself switch to that window -

theNbomr 05-28-2011 11:39 AM

The whole original point of screen is to make one screen/terminal support multiple sessions. Screen doesn't know about how to create a window because it was made to work on machinery that doesn't even have such a mechanism.
If you need to switch quickly between multiple separate windows, you will need to employ some method outside of screen. Perhaps something such as konsole, with tabbed windows serves you purpose better. I have used a GUI wrapper that inspects screen's 'database' in the /tmp directory to find all screen sessions on a host (including those started by others in a multi-user screen setup), and presents a menu of sessions to which you can attach, each one in its own xterm. It also provides a menu of pre-configured sessions to create, each with a list of commands to stuff into the respective screen session to launch various applications that need to be interactive and shared amongst a group of users.
I know this isn't what you wanted to hear. Sorry.

--- rod.

casperdaghost 05-28-2011 12:47 PM

well that is what i am looking for - splitting those multiple sessions on to different screens.

honeybadger 05-28-2011 01:06 PM

Hi there,
Perhaps you are looking for 'splitvt'?

EricTRA 05-28-2011 01:18 PM


Normally all screen sessions are hidden behind one another. If you want to split the screen into two windows (regions in screen) then type CTRL-A and next S (capital S). Does that suit your needs?

Kind regards,


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