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screen gone; moving to tmux

I've been using "screen" since 1995ish. After reading "Is tmux the GNU Screen killer?" I gave tmux a try. I' a convert.

Amazingly enough, I haven't even set up a config file. I'm using the defaults and so far I'm happy.

The only changes I might make in the config file:

  • The default command key should be CTRL-] (that's just a matter of taste)
  • Cmd-SPACE should go to the next window

Color me impressed!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli


I've been wanting to try it out, but I hate changing technologies. I guess I'll have to give it a fair shake, though.

...but *why*? I've used tmux, and so far, I just haven't found a big enough advantage. Also, as an OS X person, Apple patches screen to work with OS X's pasteboard, and tmux is at a disadvantage there (for now).

So, what are you seeing that's better about tmux over screen? (Enough to make the switch.)

Ever since I tried tmux 10 months ago, I haven't looked back. For a config file that isn't cryptic, modern development, and being able to search all of your windows (and many more features), it's replaced screen in my toolbox.