new user questions. (Before I back myself into a corner!)

Chip Camden sterling at
Fri Nov 26 22:31:30 UTC 2010

Quoth Polytropon on Friday, 26 November 2010:
> On Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:53:51 -0500, Chris Brennan <xaero at> wrote:
> > There are two options that I know of that could make this part easier for
> > you
> > 
> > 1) screen (tried and true) can do split windows/multiple windows although
> > I've never been able to correctly figure it out
> > 
> > 2) tmux (the pretentious upstart), it's a quick install and it's built in
> > help (^b?) is eternally useful and it's options make more sense then screen
> > (to me at least)
> Along with the Spanish Inquisition, there are three! Three!
> Three options: screen, tmux, and the native solution of
> virtual terminals via Alt+PFx switch. This even allows
> you to use the mouse-driven edit buffer (copy + paste),
> e. g. if you need to compose a command line using the
> examples listed in the man page.
> If you're accessing a system remotely, there is also the
> option of opening -- FOUR! Four options! -- the option
> of opening more than one connection to the remote system,
> and each of them in an own xterm (or KDE Konsole tab
> which I would say if I had been using KDE, but I haven't).
> Of course, this solution also allows you copy + paste
> operations. Other means of accessibility are provided by
> the window manager you're using.

FIVE!  Using a tiling window manager like xmonad, just open another
xterm.  Either share a workspace between them, or put one of them in a
different workspace, depending on whether you like to be able to see both
at the same time and/or have multiple monitors.

> Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! :-)

Yep, it's still a surprise, even after all these years.

Sterling (Chip) Camden    | sterling at | 2048D/3A978E4F |        |
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