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I learned to use gnu-screen and have been using it for the past several weeks. I got a grip of the basics now, and would be very helpful if I get these queries clarified:

  1. How do I rename / reorder / move windows in Linux screen utility?

    For eg., after a few days of use, I come to a state where the window-numbers are 2, 3, 6, 8. Now I want a new-window to be created at #9, or #7. Is this possible? If yes, how?

    Also, is it possible to 'move' the window #6 to #4 or #7? If yes, how?

  2. Scrolling shortcut: Scroll takes Ctrl-A + Esc, and then Ctrl-u / Ctrl-d. Is there a way to map PgUp / PgDn to do these directly? Or, is there a way to map some key (like F5) to take me to copy mode, and then PgUp / PgDn for scrolling?

  3. I have enabled "caption always", so the current window title is displayed always at the bottom. Is there a way to display the current window's log-file-name and logging status (on/off) in the same caption bar?

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:number X moves window to specific position –  Ency Mar 7 '11 at 18:08
    
Check this out hardstatus string "%{.kG}%-Lw%{.KW}%n%f %t%{-}%+Lw %=%{..G} %H %{..W} %d/%m %C%a " it provides a lot of information (Z$L..) for all windows at time –  Ency Mar 7 '11 at 20:52
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Rangzy these are really multiple questions –  Zac Thompson Mar 8 '11 at 4:40
    
So, should I be posting these as separate question-threads here ? (I am new to participating here, so any guidance will help me to learn fast). Thanks! –  Rangzy Mar 8 '11 at 8:07
    
Ency : thanks for the hardstatus string tip. It shows lot of details, but not the logfile name and status info. Any idea on this ? –  Rangzy Mar 8 '11 at 8:50

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You can renumber the current window with ctrl+a :number x where x is a numeric argument.

You can rename the current window with ctrl+a A

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Renumbering even works if the new number is already in use. In this case the windows exchange their numbers. Nice. –  Uwe Geuder Dec 17 '12 at 14:16
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I was a little confused at first. You have to type the literal string "number" and x is the kind of parameter to the number renaming function. –  rrenaud Sep 6 at 21:10

You may want to look at the source for Byobu. Byobu is a very nice configuration package for Screen which takes a lot of advantage of the bottom bar: https://launchpad.net/byobu

Bostonvaulter's suggestion of tmux is good too if that's available to you. If you have to log on to a lot of systems you don't necessarily have a lot of control over, it's good to know Screen since it's more widely available.

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I would highly suggest you try tmux instead. It has many more features than screen and is much better at managing windows. For example you can do a vertical split whereas with screen you can only do a horizontal split.

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That's not true, in screen do ctrl+A ctrl+| for a vertical split –  Nick Garvey Aug 14 '12 at 0:51
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@NickGarvey the vertical split patch for screen is not in GNU Screen. It is a patch that is applied by some distros. –  Jason Axelson Aug 14 '12 at 1:18
    
Interesting, thanks for the correction. –  Nick Garvey Aug 14 '12 at 1:46

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