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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 Apr 1 16:43:59 2003
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 6 - Mature


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GNU Screen v.4.5.1
     posted by anaumov, Sun Feb 26 21:17:48 2017 - 0 replies

I'm glad to announce that the new version of GNU Screen (4.5.1) has been released today!

4.5.1 is a bugfix/security release.
We fixed few crashes and, of course, problem with privilege escalation.
We also changed behavior of '-L' option: now you can set new logfile name using '-Logfile' option and '-L' just tells screen to turn on logging. ...

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GNU Screen v.4.5.0
     posted by anaumov, Tue Jan 17 20:46:37 2017 - 0 replies

GNU Screen v4.5.0 is now available.

The 4.5.0 release is mostly a bugfix release:
-> broken handling of "bind u digraph U+" (bug #48691)
-> crash with long $TERM (bug #48983)
-> crash when bumping blank window ...

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GNU Screen v.4.3.1
     posted by amade, Sun Jun 28 22:01:54 2015 - 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 Jun 13 17:36:28 2015 - 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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