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How to Set GNU Screen as Your Default Linux Shell

Starting Screen Automatically at Startup

  • October 19, 2010
  • By Joe Brockmeier
GNU screen is an excellent and popular tool for managing multiple console sessions on Linux. Joe Brockmeier shows how to make it your default Linux Linux shell.
Using GNU Screen can make life much easier, but how often do you start a job and then realize "I wish I'd started screen first"? I used to do it all the time, then I configured things so screen starts by default when I log into my server.

Why do I want screen to start automatically when I log in? Like many folks, I work from more than one computer. I like to be able to SSH into a machine and pick up where I left off from another system. Many admins and other users like to run their IRC sessions with a combination of GNU Screen and irrsi, just so they can have a persistent session. The more you use screen, the more you'll find that it's a good idea to jump right in on startup...

Read the rest of Joe Brockmeier's GNU Screen story on Serverwatch.com