Managing virtual terminals with Screen


Article from Issue 73/2006

Cast a spell upon your console. Instead of juggling multiple terminals, you can manage all your important command line programs in a single window.

Screen lets you launch multiple virtual consoles in a single termi nal. This gives users the ability to keep processes running on remote com puters after logging off. And you can open up the screen to other users, letting them share your session. The terminal applications on KDE and Gnome point the way: you can launch multiple tabs, just like in a browser, thus combining multiple console sessions in a single program window. If you do not use a GUI, or if you use SSH to work on a remote computer, there is no need to do without this convenience. The Screen tool will help you manage multiple vir tual terminals, giving you the ability to keep processes running if you log off the remote machine. Screen even provides tools that let you share a console session with other users.

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