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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 v2 or later
Development Status: 6 - Mature


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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. --

Screen users mailing list
     posted by jnweiger, Fri 28 May 2004 12:37:45 PM UTC - 8 replies

The mailing list, archived at is active again.

IRC Workshop Details
     posted by tvon, Sun 13 Apr 2003 11:41:18 PM UTC - 0 replies

Thanks to all wo contributed to the workshop:

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