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byobu is a command-line tool that allows you to use numerous screens within a single terminal emulator instance. More specifically, it's a text based window manager, using either
This post is mostly just a self-reference as I explore byobu, so I may come back later and update this post with more content.
Take a look below at my current multi-window set-up in byobu while I write this blog post:
You can open the help menu with either of the following commands; they will both open the same manpage:
While the manpage contains a ton of information about the functionality of byobu (such as status notifications, sessions, and windows), the first location to explore should be the keybindings section.
The keybindings are configured as follows:
byobu keybindings can be user defined in /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/ (or within .screenrc if byobu-export was used). The common key bindings are: F2 - Create a new window F3 - Move to previous window F4 - Move to next window F5 - Reload profile F6 - Detach from this session F7 - Enter copy/scrollback mode F8 - Re-title a window F9 - Configuration Menu F12 - Lock this terminal shift-F2 - Split the screen horizontally ctrl-F2 - Split the screen vertically shift-F3 - Shift the focus to the previous split region shift-F4 - Shift the focus to the next split region shift-F5 - Join all splits ctrl-F6 - Remove this split ctrl-F5 - Reconnect GPG and SSH sockets shift-F6 - Detach, but do not logout alt-pgup - Enter scrollback mode alt-pgdn - Enter scrollback mode Ctrl-a $ - show detailed status Ctrl-a R - Reload profile Ctrl-a ! - Toggle key bindings on and off Ctrl-a k - Kill the current window Ctrl-a ~ - Save the current window's scrollback buffer