I want to copy the default tmux.conf file to my home directory, but I can't find the location in Ubuntu 12.04. The man page states that the file resides at /etc/tmux.conf however this does not match with my setup.
You can use the current (default) settings as a starting point:
tmux show -g | cat > ~/.tmux.conf
Note the pipe to cat is required for now because of a known bug when redirecting tmux stdout to file.
dpkg -L tmux which shows you what files the package installed, there is no default tmux.conf included in the package.
/etc/tmux.conf is just a location that you may use (only makes sense with multiple users using tmux) that will be evaluated before ~/.tmux.conf. You have to create your own .conf file. Have a look at this for example (first hit on google):
There is no default
/etc/tmux.conf file. You can start with the example conf files in
/usr/share/doc/tmux/examples, or look at the manual/web/etc. to come up with your own configuration file.
examples directory contains:
/usr/share/doc/tmux/examples/n-marriott.conf /usr/share/doc/tmux/examples/t-williams.conf /usr/share/doc/tmux/examples/vim-keys.conf /usr/share/doc/tmux/examples/h-boetes.conf /usr/share/doc/tmux/examples/screen-keys.conf
The config file is located in
/usr/share/tmux, not in