Posts Tagged “screen”

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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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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There are quite a few articles on how to do this around the internet but I noticed the other day that we did not have one so I decided to make a quick post on how to do this. In previous versions of Windows such as XP all you had to do was press F8 at boot time and the administrator account icon would appear on the log on screen so that administrative tasks could be preformed. This is not the case in Windows Vista or Windows 7. Below I will show how to enable the Administrator account using a elevated command prompt.

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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.

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I’m back with another short post. Today I was adding a screen to one of my racks and I wanted it to display data such as a top session or something of that nature. They are servers so there is no X-server. I got the screen all hooked up and running they way I wanted but after 10 mins or so it went to sleep. This was rater annoying since I wanted it to display all of the time. I did some searching and was was unable to find a suitable fix. One of my friends came through in the clutch with the fix. Its so simple I am almost embarrassed to post it however since I couldn’t find it may be this will help the next guy.

Simply enter this into the framebuffer session you wish to keep on:

setterm -blank 0 > /dev/tty
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