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Scrolling, copying in Mac OS X

From: Christopher rasch
Subject: Scrolling, copying in Mac OS X
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 12:43:27 -0500

I frequently ssh into a remote machine at work from my machine at home (both running Mac OS 10.3.5). I often have to copy and paste error messages in the log files on the remote machine into my mail program ( on my local machine. If the text I want to copy is longer than the size of my Terminal window, I highlight the text in the Terminal buffer by scrolling up the screen. When I paste the copied text into, the formatting (returns, indenting) of the message is preserved.

However, in order to avoid having to restart all of the processes I'm working on if I get disconnected, I've started running screen (1) on the remote machine. Unfortunately, if I run screen, only the text that's visible in the terminal window can be highlighted--nothing in screens history seems to be visible to my local terminal. In addition, if I copy the text in the screen window into my mail program, I lose the space formatting, and it becomes an unreadable mash.

1. Is there a way to set up screen so that I can scroll further back (via Terminal) in it's history? 2. Is there a way I can change screens settings, so that the formatting of text copied from screen is preserved?

I've looked in the user manual linked below, and there are several possible variables I could change. Before I start going through them, I thought I would ask here in case someone knows where I should be looking. Thanks!



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