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Reattach Screen Script

Filed under: Shell Script Sundays — TheLinuxBlog.com at 2:02 pm on Sunday, April 12, 2009

A friend of mine who happens to be an avid screen user sent me this snippet below:

### Reattach to a screen if one exists ###
if [[ $TERM != 'screen' ]] ; then
if [[ `screen -list | grep -v "No" | awk '$2 { print }' | wc -l` == 0 ]] ; then
screen
else
screen -dr
fi
fi

What this handy snippet does is looks for a screen session, if it finds one it detaches the running screen, and reattaches it(-dr) if it isn’t lucky enough to find one, then it just starts a session up for you. Its rather handy to put in your .bashrc file to auto launch a screen session. The only thing I have modified for my use is replacing -dr for -x to enable me to reattach the screen without detaching the session I may have had open on another terminal. It works pretty well, although when you open a new “screen” CTRL-a + c, the tab doesn’t show up on the other sessions until you change to it, or cycle through them. It isn’t a big deal and could even be a local configuration issue. Anyway, enjoy this snippet and as always let me know if you found it useful.