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Re: [screen-devel] new ideas for screen

From: Tom Scogland
Subject: Re: [screen-devel] new ideas for screen
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 20:13:47 -0400

On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 8:09 PM, Edward Peschko <address@hidden> wrote:
hey all,

I'm *very* glad that screen seems to have risen from the dead; it's
one of my favorite tools by far and has saved me tons of time over the

However, there are a couple of features that I think would make it a
lot more useful, and I was wondering how feasible it would be to
implement them:

1. Named buffers. right now, there is only one buffer in vim.
I assume you mean "in screen" since vim has buffers available for essentially every printable character, yes? 
I'd like
to have 26 - one per letter.  As for key binding, perhaps C-a <esc>
<return> to get into copy mode (as usual), and when done, press
<C-a>;;<letter>  (ie: <C-a>;;a to get into buffer a, <C-a>;;b in
buffer b, etc). As for pasting, use semicolon to access the correct
buffer, and paste it, ie: <C-a>;<letter> to paste.

This would be incredibly helpful, more times than I could count.

2. Cross search in buffers. Be able to toggle it on and off so that
<C-a>/ searches not only the current buffer but *all* buffers.

3. redefinable 'master' control character (<C-a>). On occasion, I've
had the need for embedding screens within screens (for large
administration jobs on lots of machines). But the control characters
get in the way of each other. It would be very helpful to be able to
define the main control character so that I could be able to send
screen commands to both 'master' and 'slave' commands.
You can, I do this all the time, my primary computer uses C-z and all my target machines use C-a.  just put the following in your screenrc to make it C-z.  Non modified keys can work too, used to use backtick, but as it turns out the mousewheel doesn't get along with that too well, so I would suggest using something modified.

escape ^zz

Anyways, I've been out of screen development for a while, so I'm not
sure how much of this has been already suggested and/or programmed,
but I'd be interested to find out..


AKA:Tom Scogland
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
-Albert Einstein

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