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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    Isn't tmux an alternative to byobu+screen?
    – Oli
    Jun 26 '11 at 16:35
  • @Oli it is supposed to be an alternative, yes.
    – Thomas Ward
    Feb 7 '12 at 1:01

Byobu 5.x has excellent support for tmux. New installations of Byobu 5.x and above will default to using tmux as the backend. Upgrades from older versions, however, will not automatically make that switch.

Still, you can manually run byobu with tmux by typing byobu-tmux. Similarly, you can manually choose to run with the screen backend by typing byobu-screen.

Running byobu will launch with your selected default backend. You can choose between tmux and screen by running byobu-select-backend.

kirkland@ubuntu:~$ byobu-select-backend 

Select the byobu backend:
  1. tmux
  2. screen

Choose 1-2 [1]: 1
  • I have tmux and screen on Ubuntu 11.10. I totally uninstalled byobu, including deleting ~/.byobu directory, then installed byobu 5.10 from the launchpad-specified repository. It not only defaults to screen, and when I run byobu-select-backend, it shows tmux as the default, and I select tmux, but when I run byobu, it uses screen. Only if I run byobu-tmux will it use tmux. I think maybe byobu just doesn't like me. Jul 28 '12 at 20:45
  • I had the same problem marty. I trashed by .byobu directory and re-installed and things worked though.
    – nlucaroni
    Oct 2 '13 at 20:26
  • I followed the instructions as you said, but when I print the value of $TERM var, "screen" is returned... why ?
    – alexserver
    Dec 6 '13 at 7:56

I just installed the latest version of Byobu on Ubuntu 10.10 by following these instructions:

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:byobu/ppa
  sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get install byobu

From here: https://launchpad.net/byobu/

Then you can launch it with byobu-tmux

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