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Re: format windowlist view with color.

From: Micah Cowan
Subject: Re: format windowlist view with color.
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:37:52 -0700
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Bruce Edge wrote:
> I have a lot of stuff in my screen sessions. 30+ terminal sessions on a
> dozen or more machines.
> I've tries a lot of things to make it more readable at a glance, but it
> keeps coming back to wanting color to highlight sections of it.
> Does anyone know how to add color escape sequences to the windowlist view?
> I have RTFM'd and experimented a lot, but it just prints whatever escape
> seq I put in it.

"Put in it"? How have you put anything in the windowlist view? The
windowlist is not modifiable, to my knowledge.

A common technique is to use the hardstatus to keep track of windows
(see the bottom of the "String Escapes" section for a handy example of
this). Not sure if that'll help a ton with 30+ terminal sessions...

You may find the "group" functionality of the current development
sources to be handy; you can create a group window with

  C-a : screen -t my-group //group

and then any windows you create from the group window, or from a window
that's part of the group, will be a part of that group. When in a window
that's part of a group, only other windows of that group will show up in
the windowlist or hardstatus %w/%W escapes (you can get a full list by
giving windowlist the -m option).

You can also change the group a window is in with

  C-a : group my-group

The feature's currently got some glitches (Killing a group window seems
to freeze screen for me, but only sometimes). But it can be a useful
organization tool.

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