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When one starts byobu by saying:

byobu -c myconfig

unfortunately the whole session looks like a bare bone screen session. How can I get the full-fledged byobu interface with the status bar and "tabs" for the windows in the session, while at the same time starting byobu with a custom configuration file?

Please note: this is not about configuring what's in $HOME/.byobu because the contents of that are independent from what I want to achieve - which is special purpose (thus the extra configuration file).

Edit: the only "crutch" I've found so far is to interactively enter the screen command:

:source /full/path/to/myconfig

... in order to "source" (similar to how it's done in Bash and other shells) the configuration.

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Okay, there's a couple of ways you can do this...

  1. You can put your customizations in ~/.byoburc, which is sourced last
  2. You can set an environment variable, BYOBU_WINDOWS=/path/to/a/config, and then run byobu. Many people use this to start different byobu sessions with different windows open at launch. For more information here, see the WINDOWS section of the manpage at:
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Whoa, an answer from the developer himself. Cool. Thanks for the concise advice. – 0xC0000022L Oct 23 '11 at 18:30

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