screen – a terminal encapsulator

My title might not be quite accurate, however screen is a great little utility that has a lot of leverage.  My main use for it is to start an application and allowing it to run on my remote machine while I disconnect my ssh connection.  Basically, just ssh into your remote machine and install screen.  Then start the program with the ‘screen’ command.  Now start your task, maybe a torrent with btdownloadcurses.  Whenever you want to disconnect and leave the program to run press Ctrl-a d (Control and ‘a’ key, then ‘d’)  to detach.  Whenever you want to reattach to that session restart screen with the -r command, so ‘screen -r’ and voila you’re back!

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