Screen help

Tony Baechler tony at
Wed Apr 3 04:49:05 EDT 2013

Thanks.  Yes, this is perfect.  I still want screen to start when I login as 
a normal user, but exec does what I want.  That way, I can still su to root 
and exit my root shell without logging out.  What used to be four presses of 
^D now only takes one or two.  Perfect!  It even closes my Cygwin window 
which is what I want.  I had no idea it was that simple.  Now I exec ssh 
from Cygwin.

The -d and -R switches to screen are also what I wanted.  That way a new 
screen launches when I connect if I didn't detach from my previous session 
but re-attaches if there is already a detached session.  Perfect!  I knewe 
there was a way to do what I wanted, but I wasn't sure how.

On 4/1/2013 7:13 AM, Devon Stewart wrote:
>  From cygwin: exec ssh ...
>  From ssh: exec su
>  From su: exec screen
> Then from screen, if you hit ^D it'll exit everything. Exec replaces the current running shell with the thing you're exec-ing.
> -Devon

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