"screen" alternative

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Thu Jan 26 15:56:54 PST 2006

On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 05:46:52PM -0600, Will Maier wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 09:25:51PM +0100, Grzegorz Danecki wrote:
> > I'm running 5.4 Stable and I'm looking for something, that can let
> > me detach my session leaving my software running. First thought -
> > "screen", but hey, there is no screen package in ports collection
> > :( Google says something that it was removed due to high cpu
> > utilization few releases ago. Is this true?
> FreeBSD does not distribute a compiled binary package for screen,
> but you are welcome to compile your own. If you have the ports
> system installed (as you probably do), just do the following:
>     cd /usr/ports/misc/screen
>     sudo make install
> That should install screen. If you have questions about the ports
> system, read the manpage or the FreeBSD handbook.
> > Are there any alternatives? Because as I can remember screen was
> > frequently used and highly appreciated application.
> screen works fine on FreeBSD -- the package building process just
> doesn't make it possible for FreeBSD to provide a pre-compiled
> version. As I said, you're welcome to compile your own. It's the
> first thing I do when I set up a new system.

To be clear, there's some kind of bug in screen that causes the
package build to fail under certain circumstances that are not well

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