Introduction to Screen

Screen is a terminal multiplexor that runs several separate processes, typically interactive shells, on a single physical character-based terminal. Each virtual terminal emulates a DEC VT100 plus several ANSI X3.64 and ISO 2022 functions and also supports configurable input and output translation, serial port support, configurable logging, multi-user support, and UTF-8 character encoding support (currently not supported by LFS). Screen sessions can be detached and resumed later on a different terminal.

Package information

Screen dependencies



Installation of Screen

Install Screen by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-socket-dir=/var/run/screen \
    --with-sys-screenrc=/etc/screenrc &&
sed -i -e "s%/usr/local/etc/screenrc%/etc/screenrc%" {etc,doc}/* &&

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -m 644 etc/etcscreenrc /etc/screenrc

Configuring Screen

Config files

/etc/screenrc and ~/.screenrc

Configuration Information

You may want to look at the example configuration file that was installed and customize it for your needs.


Installed Programs: screen
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /var/run/screen

Short Descriptions


is a terminal multiplexor with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation.

Last updated on 2005-02-07 16:48:17 -0700