GNU Screen

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GNU Screen is a wrapper that allows separation between the text program and the shell from which it was launched. This allows the user to, for example, start a text program in a terminal in X, kill X, and continue to interact with the program. Here are a couple of tips and tricks you may be interested in.

Start at window 1

By default, the first screen window is 0. If you'd rather never have a window 0 and start instead with 1, put something like the following in your ~/.screenrc:

bind c screen 1
bind 0 select 10                                                            
screen 1
select 1

Fix for residual editor text

When you open a text editor like nano in screen and then close it, the text may stay visible in your terminal. To fix this, put the following in your ~/.screenrc:

altscreen on