Byobu is an enhanced version of GNU Screen that provides text-based notifications and tabbed window management.

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What terminal emulators are available for heavy terminal users?

I spend a lot of time at the command-line during the workday and at home too since I run Ubuntu exclusively. I've been using the default gnome terminal but I've reached a point where I'd really like ...
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how to run multiple byobu sessions at once?

Currently I don't seem able to run multiple sessions of byobu. After the initial byobu instance, running on one terminal, when I run byobu in another terminal it always attaches to the first byobu ...
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Can Mouse Wheel Scrolling be enabled in Byobu

I've seen elsewhere that scrolling via the mouse wheel (and other mousy events) can be enabled for tmux.. can this feature also be enabled in byobu (over tmux) and how?
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How to get byobu to launch tmux instead of screen?

The latest versions of byobu should apparently be configurable to run tmux instead of screen, but I haven't been able to. Advice appreciated
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How do I make the F-keys work in byobu, for midnight commander (mc), htop, etc?

I use byobu with the tmux backend on my 12.04 server. I'd like to use the midnight commander shortcut keys with it, but the F keys don't work. I've seen some posts on the issues here: ...
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How do I get ctrl-left / ctrl-right to jump a word again in byobu?

On my Ubuntu 11.10 machines running byobu 4.37 I can use the key combination ctrl-left / ctrl-right to jump a word at a time in the terminal. However, on my Ubuntu 12.04 machines with byobu 5.17, this ...
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How do I get a byobu session with a command to run on startup?

I am trying to get Byobu to startup with Ubuntu Server 12.04 when the server starts up. I've figured out how to do this with a screen session but I want it to be in Byobu with all the added features, ...
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Byobu: open different tabs in different windows of the same session

Let's say I have a byobu session running with multiple tabs open. Then if I open a new terminal, and start byobu, it will take me into the same session. If I then switch byobu tabs in one terminal, ...
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What is the <number>! in byobu's status bar mean?

I run byobu on my home server, and I noticed this today - what is it? It's part of the byobu notification/status bar, on a 64-bit 11.10 server.
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How to re-enable function keys in byobu?

I was using byobu on Ubuntu 11.10 Server and I needed to hit a function key in an app, so I hit F9 to bring up the config menu and switched the keybinding set from "f-keys" to "screen-escape-keys". ...
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Will uninstalling the Byobu Window Manager break my GUI?

I'm currently uninstalling redundant applications from my Ubuntu 10.10 system and I came across the Byobu Window Manager under the 'Provided by Canonical' section. Does this play any sort of critical ...
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How do I change the default shell used in Byobu (tmux)?

I've become addicted to Byobu and I've recently shifted from bash to zsh; Now I want to combine the two, however I have a one initial pre-requisite: I cannot make zsh the default shell for my user as ...
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how to make byobu start with terminator by default?

Recently, I have been using byobu and I quite like it. However, I am more of a terminator user than gnome-terminal and I want to launch byobu inside terminator instead of gnome-terminal by default. ...
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Server AMI images don't allow a user to login multiple times

When I log into twice to a new instance of Ubuntu server built for Amazon EC2, both windows will be exactly the same. Anything I type in one is replicated in the other. I never dealt with this when I ...
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How to remove bottom information panel in terminal window on Ubuntu Server AMI images?

The Amazon AMI images have a default information panel at the bottom of the terminal window. I would like to remove this (it disables me from being able to scroll backwards in putty). It looks like ...
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Name a Byobu session?

Is there a way to create identifiable Byobu sessions so that when I've got multiple sessions running, the byobu-select-session menu gives me a list of sessions I can recognize, as opposed to ...
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Can I use mouse click to focus on Byobu splits?

I know Byobu is a terminal multiplexer and mouse is not a priority, but I still would like to know if there is a way to focus on a split using mouse click instead of keyboard shortcuts. In negative ...
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Setting Default Byobu screens

I've just installed Quantal as a fresh install, and want to set up Byobu as it was on my old system. In a previous version of byobu there was an option in byobu-config (via the F9 key) to create new ...
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How do I send a literal F6/etc. in byobu?

In a byobu screen, I ssh'ed into another computer and launched byobu on that computer. Now, I have byobu within byobu. How can I send byobu keystrokes (F2, F3, F6, etc) to the inner byobu rather ...
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Exiting scrollback mode in byobu

In byobu, I am able to enter scrollback mode with F7. However, I am not able to exit by pressing ESC as documented. Nothing happens when I press ESC. In contrast, when I am in screen, I am able to ...
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How to use Byobu keybindings in a nested remote session?

I'm using Byobu (with Tmux, inside of gnome-terminal) and I have a problem with its keybindings (which I probably fail to understand). I launch byobu, open a few windows then, from one of these ...
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byobu and ssh-agent

byobu cannot connect to ssh-agent socket well. actually I can make just one connection via ssh-agent but if I try to establish another ssh connection using the agent, it doesn't work. I've tried ...
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How to split byobu screen?

On the byobu Wikipedia page there is a screenshot with the terminal screen: Can somebody explain me what programs are used here? My guess - at the bottom - vim, top right - terminal, top left - I ...
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dircolors/ls colors not being displayed correctly using byobu

On my NAS box running Ubuntu 11.04 I'm experiencing an odd issue with dircolors inside byobu. Per the image below, everything works fine outside byobu. The prompt (zsh), vim, and everything else works ...
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Bind byobu window to Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut

Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut runs the gnome-terminal by default. I have installed byobu, and I want this shortcut to open the latest used byobu session. When pressed multiple times, I should still have just ...
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Starting byobu with a config file, but getting all the byobu niceties, too?

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 ...
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How to make byobu start with byobu -u on login/startup?

How do I make byobu start with unicode support by default? If I have done byobu-enable how I can set this -u option?
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Source/Dot operator error on login. Possibly caused by bad byobu uninstall

I am getting an error message every time I ssh into my box or run sudo -i. It looks like this for login: login as: person chands@ubuntu-server's password: -bash: .: filename argument required .: ...
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How do I integrate Byobu's copy-buffer with the X clipboard?

I want to be able to copy and paste between Byobu and Firefox without having to use a mouse. I could write the copy buffer to a file and open that file with Gedit but I was wondering if there was a ...
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How to resize byobu in Ubuntu 12.10? [closed]

I was a happy user of byobu for many months. I was running it between two Ubuntu 11.10 machines and I never had a problem with window sizes. From my laptop I would connect through ssh to my ...
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When using `byobu` in a PuTTY session cannot create new windows

I have an Ubuntu 10.04.4 web server, and I have set it to run byobu on session startup. To start with it all seems to work fine, for example F9 brings up the menu and F7 starts the copy/paste ...
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How do I reset Byobu's settings?

Right problem is I want use Byobu I really like it BUT I messed up and changed settings in F9 and choose the screen keybindings NOW I cant get back to the F9 settings to change it back and cant use ...
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Byobu screen default for all users

I have installed byobu in my ubuntu 12.04 server installation and set as backend to use screen. What i am trying to do without success is to have all users on my system to use byobu having also ...
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Why Byobu custom status notification code fail to show in color?

The code below runs well in Bash and shows text with proper green background color but when I add it to the ~/.byobu/bin/ folder it shows the escape characters instead. Something like ...
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Byobu doesn't show the colourful status line

I just followed this How to get byobu to launch tmux instead of screen? and updated byobu on my Ubuntu 11.04 64bit notebook. When I was using the old version from Ubuntu repos, there always was ...
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Byobu weird character

After the last byobu's update, I realized that the weird character in bottom left of terminal was not repaired. This character is right or not? See link below. Ubuntu 14.04; Language: English (US); ...
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using a byobu and disconnected session how to see message on screen

I use byobu on sh and was doing some program which was left over for at least 24 hours, I had disconnected from the machine and logged in back after 24 hours is there a way I could see the messages ...
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Why doesn't ctrl-pgup and ctrl-pgdn change tabs in vim when started in byobu?

From what I have read of the documentation, byobu does not use ctrl-pgup or ctrl-pgdn for anything, so why is it that when I start "vim -p file1 file2", and try to move among the different tabs with ...
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Bind Alt-N to Nth window in byobu/screen

I've been trying to bind a shortcut to switching to a specific window in byobu, but I'm not having success. I wanted to bind Alt-(screen's number) but it's not working. I think I'm using the wrong ...
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Notation for Byobu Keybinding Files

Does anyone know what notation is used to represent keyboard keys in Byobu's keybinding files (f-keys.screen etc)? I know what keys I would like to change and have poured through the file trying to ...
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su not properly logged when using byobu [closed]

We're seeing varations in our logs when a user su's from a byobu session vs. a regular shell session. When using a regular session the lines in /var/log/auth.log look like this: root@delta:/var/log# ...
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Revert F3 and F4 behavior in byobu?

With a fresh 12.04 installation of Ubuntu, byobu's interpretation of the function keys seems to have changed. F3 and F4 will still change the active tab on the current session, but it changes it for ...
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Quicklist gnome-terminal don't work with byobu profile

Yesterday I tried to create a Desktop quicklist for my gnome-terminal to open byobu with a specific byobu profile. There's the part of my gnome-terminal.desktop file : [NetBook_Byobu Shortcut Group] ...
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How to show unread IMAP mail count in Byobu

Byobu supports `mail notification': mail - system mail for the current user; the letter '[M]' is displayed in the lower bar toward the left in black text on a grey background How could system mail ...
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Shift+F2 is ignored when using byobu with PuTTY (Windows 7)

Connecting to byobu in Ubuntu 12.04.1 (precise) from PuTTY on a Windows 7 system, when I type Shift+F2 to get a vertical split, nothing happens. Typing plain F2 works and opens a new window. I tried ...
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How would you configure byobu as a login shell?

I need to have my telnet and ssh users use byobu as their login shell. I would like to avoid using .login/.profile/.bashrc and the likes to spawn byobu. I'd like to have byobu as the shell defined in ...
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How do I prevent byobu from duplicating text on all splits?

Recently I started using Byobu, and I'm having a problem with each split just being a duplicate of the original. Whatever I type in one split appears in all of the others. I'm also using Byobu on ...
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Is there any way to find something in byobu window?

Is there a way to find an expression (ctrl-f like command) inside a byobu window?
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I can't seem to close byobu splits using alt f5

I am using byobu with tmux and I am trying to collapse the 4 splits I have on the window, but it is not responsive. When I press alt+F5 nothing happens. How do I collapse the splits in this ...
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Using QQ: How can I make Byobu the default terminal [duplicate]

I really like the Byobu terminal better than the default Gnome terminal that is installed with Ubuntu. How can I make Byobu the default terminal - for example, when I hit control/alt-t I'd like to ...