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System Name: screen
Name: GNU Screen
Group Type: Official GNU software

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This project is part of the GNU Project.

Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells. Each virtual terminal provides the functions of the DEC VT100 terminal and, in addition, several control functions from the ANSI X3.64 (ISO 6429) and ISO 2022 standards (e.g., insert/delete line and support for multiple character sets). There is a scrollback history buffer for each virtual terminal and a copy-and-paste mechanism that allows the user to move text regions between windows. When screen is called, it creates a single window with a shell in it (or the specified command) and then gets out of your way so that you can use the program as you normally would. Then, at any time, you can create new (full-screen) windows with other programs in them (including more shells), kill the current window, view a list of the active windows, turn output logging on and off, copy text between windows, view the scrollback history, switch between windows, etc. All windows run their programs completely independent of each other. Programs continue to run when their window is currently not visible and even when the whole screen session is detached from the users terminal.

The screen package comes with a reference manual in nroff and texinfo format. An excellent wiki about screen (including tutorials) is at

Registration Date: Tue 01 Apr 2003 04:43:59 PM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 6 - Mature


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GNU Screen v.4.3.1
     posted by amade, Sun 28 Jun 2015 10:01:54 PM UTC - 0 replies

I'm announcing availability of GNU Screen v.4.3.1

This is a bug fix release.

Just one fixed bug:

  • Visible content get messed up after window resize

Release is available for download at:
or your closest mirror (may have some delay)

Please report any bugs or regressions.

GNU Screen v.4.3.0
     posted by amade, Sat 13 Jun 2015 05:36:28 PM UTC - 0 replies

I'm announcing availability of GNU Screen v.4.3.0

So more than a year after previous release there is new one, hopefully
even better. As for things that changed:

  • Introduce Xx string escape showing the executed command of a window
  • Implement dead/zombie window polling, allowing for auto reconnecting ...

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GNU Screen v.4.2.1
     posted by amade, Sun 27 Apr 2014 11:07:09 PM UTC - 0 replies

I'm announcing availability of GNU Screen v.4.2.1

Few days ago I released v.4.2.0 on screen-devel, this release was
status quo of current repository at that time. Almost immediately after
that I started applying patches from distributions and fixing some bugs. ...

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     posted by jnweiger, Thu 21 Feb 2013 07:07:46 PM UTC - 0 replies

I just learned about this development branch. Untested. Please comment. --

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