Automated Screen Launch
September 13, 2011
At my previous company I set myself up a screen server as mentioned in my previous post, “A screen/shell server is awesome!". There were only a half dozen servers there so if the screen server got rebooted, it wasn’t a big deal to get my sessions back up and running. At my new company we use virtual machines, so there are quite a number more “servers” to connect to. As I was setting up my screen server, I realized that I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of reconnecting them all, so I sought an automated solution.
A screen/shell server is awesome!
June 22, 2011
GNU screen is not a new tool and while I’ve known about it for a long time, I’ve never had a use for it. What is the point of having multiplexed terminals when I can simply launch more (under Ubuntu)? When I’m in Windows, I can just launch more SSH connections. While having more screens does make organization of many sessions orderly, I prefer a larger screen and the ability to watch several different sessions at once. So while it might not be useful as just a multiplexer, it turns out GNU Screen is great when you have a dedicated server (a term I am using loosely, basically I mean any machine that’s online 24/7) from which to start AND a decent number of machines to connect to.