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Move Long Running Linux Process To Screen Session

Have a long running Linux process open in a SSH terminal window and need to shutdown your computer without killing it? I run into this on a regular basis and never spent the time looking into a solution but this past weekend I actually decided to look and came up with a cool solution called reptyr. The reptyr application allows you to open screen and migrate the process to the screen terminal and away from the terminal connection opened without screen. This allows you to detach from the window without killing the process. Below is a quick overview of installing reptyr and how to use it.

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Reattach To A Screen Session, Reattach To A Named Screen Session

If you are not currently using screen on a regular basis you should start. The Linux screen application allows you to keep remote sessions active even when you disconnect from the server via SSH or similar. One thing that will come up when you start using screen is how to create a screen session with a name and then how to reattach to that named screen session. Use the information below to create a meaningfully named screen session, detach from the screen session but leave it active, and then reattach to the same named screen session.

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Sony VGN-TZ180N: Display Not Filling Entire Screen In Windows XP, Resolution Max Is 1024×768

A client recently had me reinstall Windows XP on their Sony Vaio VGN-TZ180N laptop. There were lots of driver issues after installing Windows XP Professional that were mostly resolved by downloading various drivers from Sony’s support site for the laptop. One that caused me a bunch of problems because I assumed it was related to reinstalling the operating system was the display driver. Once I finally figured out what the issue was it was really easy to resolve but again locating the problem was hard to do. Below I describe the drivers to install and how to resolve the issue of the display only filling about half the width of the laptop screen.