My .screenrc file

I use screen quite a bit. Here is what I have put together for a custom screen session:

Here is a good screen reference:

# Turn off that annoying start up message
startup_message off
# Turn the even more annoying whole-screen-flash-on-tab-complete "feature"
vbell off
# I use control+a for beginning-of-line, this remaps it to the tick/tilda key
escape ``
# Bind tick+e to show the tick character since tick+tick is too convenience to toggle windows
escape `e
# Window list at the bottom. hostname, centered tabs and redmarked active windows:
hardstatus alwayslastline
hardstatus string '%{= kG}[ %{G}%H %{g}][%= %{= kw}%?%-Lw%?%{r}(%{W}%n*%f%t%?(%u)%?%{r})%{w}%?%+Lw%?%?%= %{g}][%{B} %d/%m %{W}%c %{g}]'
  1. #1 by Brie on July 30, 2010 - 1:29 am

    If you’re using a Debian-based OS and are interested in taking the .screenrc concept to the next level, check out a project called ‘byobu’.

    Launchpad here:

    The screenshots are pretty awesome, as well. :).


  2. #2 by jeffro on August 3, 2010 - 8:57 am

    You have made an addict out of me Brie! I love byobu! I have already replaced it as my default screen ‘manager’. Good catch and thanks for the link!

  3. #3 by clark on December 24, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Just wanted to make a shoutout – you’ve just blown my screen use to a whole ‘nother level with remapping the escape character. Hats off to you good sir!

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