spankmaster79 spankmaster79 - 6 months ago 14
Linux Question

Set screen names with GNU screen

I'm using the

screen
multiplexer tool on the command shell and open a lot of screens. I then forget which process ID associates with which task.

I would like to set a name for a screen but can't find an option in the manpage.

Currently, listing the screens looks like this:

There are screens on:
5422.pts-1.aws1 (Detached)
5448.pts-1.aws1 (Detached)
5027.pts-1.aws1 (Detached)
3 Sockets in /var/run/screen/S-sb.


And I would like to see something like this:

There are screens on:
5422.logCleanWorker (Detached)
5448.overNightLongTask(Detached)
5027.databaseOverNightLongTask (Detached)
3 Sockets in /var/run/screen/S-sb.


How can I do this?

Answer

To create a new screen with the name foo, use

screen -S foo

Then to reattach it, run

screen -r foo  # or use -x, as in
screen -x foo  # for "Multi display mode" (see the man page)