Re: [wmii] dtach v. screen

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 18:31:08 -0400

On Fri, Jun 02, 2006 at 08:11:54AM -0400, Ross Mohn wrote:
>I really only use screen for detaching. I would prefer to use dtach, but
>when I reconnect, for example, to a shell that is running a compilation,
>I can't see what the previous output was. I've tried all three redraw
>methods, but whenever I reattach to a running shell, the cursor always
>starts at the top and doesn't show the previous output. This doesn't
>work for me when I'm compiling because I don't get the output to tell me
>what happened! Anyone know how to make dtach redraw work the same way it
>does when I reattach using screen?

Unfortunately, dtach is really meant for curses based apps and the like that
manage the screen themselves and doesn't keep a history like screen does. When
you do need such capabilities, you either need screen or some other program to
work in combination with dtach, like window(1).

It really is a better option to use a separate app to handle
catching/remembering output, since that app could be written to ignore control
character output, since you wouldn't run it when using curses apps.

Kris Maglione
Washing your car to make it rain doesn't work.
Received on Sat Jun 03 2006 - 00:31:42 UTC

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