Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 23:11 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Linux "You are logged into your remote server via SSH and happily plucking along at your keyboard and then it happens. Suddenly, the characters stop moving and then you get the dreaded 'Connection Closed' message. You have just lost your session. You were halfway through some task and now you have to start over. Ugh. Well you can prevent this from happening by using screen. The Linux screen tool can not only save you from disconnection disasters, but it also can increase your productivity by using multiple windows within one SSH session. I use this tool all of the time in our server management work." An older tutorial, and even though I have little to no knowledge about screen, I know one thing: lots of people swear by it.
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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by gilboa on Sun 2nd Sep 2012 16:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
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Say you run apt/yum from command line, using a konsole tab or putty and suddenly, gasp, you lose connection / your X session dies / SSH dies, etc. Recovery, if possible, will be -very- painful.

I never, never, never, never run anything destructive from a normal command prompt - I always use screen.

- Gilboa

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