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I often have 5+ screens open for monitoring the server within one screen and it's somewhat annoying to have setup them all up again after a system restart. Usually there is 1 top process and a few tails for watching log files.

Is there a way to have screen automatically open a number of screens with certain commands executed in each scren?

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    Could you add a note indicating that this related to GNU Screen - it's very confusing to read otherwise... – Maximus Minimus Aug 6 '09 at 17:04
  • @mh I added some more tags, thanks for pointing this out. – Andy May Aug 6 '09 at 17:27
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Yes, you can put this into your screenrc, eg.

screen -t Code 0
screen -t Chat 1 irssi
screen -t Shell 2
screen -t Remote 3 ssh user@host
screen -t screen4 4
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You can put the commands in a text file, and then specify that text file as your screenrc, screen will still inherit the entries from the system screenrc file in /etc. The text file might look like:

zombie qr
screen -t sshToServer1 ssh Server1
screen -t logTail tail -f /var/log/foo

The Syntax is:

screen -t title <optional window number> command commandArguments

The zombie qr will make it so if you close that window, you can resurrect it by pressing r. To specify the above text file:

screen -c textfile

If you want to name the screen session, and have reattach the name if there is already a detached session with the same name instead of starting a new one, use -R:

screen -R myScreenSession -c textfile

This way, you can save several different text files for different screen sessions.

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