I am logged in via ssh int a foreign Linux box, and the owner want to assist me from tty1. I tried to convince him to log also in and share a screen with me.

He insists he want to assist me from tty1. Is there a way to make a screen with a console and a terminal ?

I want to explain a bit more . A tty is a native terminal device, the back-end is either hardware or kernel emulated.

A pty (pseudo terminal device) is a terminal device which is emulated by an other program (example: xterm, screen, or ssh are such programs).

My question is if I can make somehow to share a session with a tty in the way we share sessions on screen.

  • You already tagged your question with screen, which is capable of doing this (screen -x). What exactly is your problem with it? Jan 15, 2020 at 12:36
  • how can I add a tty to a screen ? When I open a screen I can only multiply my session.
    – Max Muster
    Jan 15, 2020 at 12:38

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You can share a screen session from multiple terminals with the -x parameter. It doesn't matter what kind of terminal it is.

  1. Log in via SSH
  2. Start screen

  3. Log in on another terminal with the same user

  4. Start screen and attach it to the existing session

    screen -x

Now both terminals have the same session, both can see and type.

  • and how can I do it if I cannot log in from tty1 because I am not there? can I attach the session without being at tty?
    – Max Muster
    Jan 15, 2020 at 13:35

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