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

Kurt Buff kurt.buff at
Sat Nov 27 21:06:59 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 06:53, Chris Brennan <xaero at> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Dave <dave at> wrote:
> >   Yes, I found that, good info.  I'm relying on the site man
> > pages and documentation among others, as I'm finding it too inconvenient
> > (bad short term memory) using the man pages on the system.  At least I
> > can have the website pages open on a nearby laptop.
> >
> >
> 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)
> Don't get me wrong, both serve there purpose. Personally, I prefer tmux but
> I still use screen for some things. So the choice comes down to what you
> find that works for you.

For a standard installation, there's also the base console
functionality: ALT+F(n) key combo - each one, F1 up to (IIRC) F12,
gets a different console. I often leave the main console alone to
display system messages while I work at other consoles.

Or, for that matter, multiple ssh sessions.


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