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Using GNU Screen (when there’s no tmux)

TLDR: using screen when tmux is not available. This isn’t a tmux vs screen post but rather how to use the tools that you have to get the job done.

It’s hard to imagine a day spent on a shell without the use of a terminal multiplexer. My favourite tool for the job is tmux, which comes handy when I’m working on or from an OpenBSD machine. tmux is installed by default on OpenBSD for quite a few releases now (circa 2009), you can see the commit log here.

It is easy to get used to something good šŸ˜‰ However, IT being IT, this wouldn’t be so easy. One reason that I see, is that a lot of servers out there running some sort of Unix-like OS (mainly, Linux) do not have tmux installed. Now the interesting side of this is that I often find the GNU screen installed.

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Resuming …

After a long time without blogging, I’ve decided that it was time to come back to it. During my “offline” period, I had the opportunity to work with different technologies, meet new people and travel to distant places. The interesting side of all of this for me is to experience at first hand how some technologies will fade and how some will come around.

It’s 2015 (almost 2016) and I see myself going back to some of the technologiesĀ that I enjoyed learning during college (yes, 10+ years ago).

I’m excited of what’s coming up next, I think that for anyone working in IT, these are very interesting times, with major new developments happening.

Stay tuned for more.

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