Re: Screen is ace
Sure. Look at the "hardstatus" capability. I use the following line in my .screenrc_controller:
hardstatus alwayslastline " %d.%m.%y %c \033[42;30m %w \033[m"
which gives the Day.Month.Year Time in blue [sorendition 02 40], and then the name of each "window" in green which I set to the name of the machine with eg:
screen -t lnx21 1 krlogin -t lnx21 screen -D -R -c ~/.screenrc2
which puts window number 1 on the machine called "lnx21", gives it that name, and runs screen with a different configuration .screenrc2. Actually it will re-attach to any previously running screen in case my hosting controller screen dies, and/or create a new screen if one is not found. In that file I have two "windows", so I can run two jobs on the dual proc, with the following status:
hardstatus alwayslastline "%l %n\033[m"
sorendition 06 41
which puts the load average and the window number in magenta with a blue background. The load monitor is 1,5,15 minutes load average so is not all that responsive but good enough for my needs. I recommend using a bold prompt with machine name and current directory which helps a lot with seeing/remembering what is going on. I use /bin/tcsh:
set prompt="%B[%n@%m %c03]%b% "
Running a screen inside a screen requires lots of ctrl-a's!!
I hope that this helps. If you have any problems or want a screenshot let me know.
Screen is ace
I run debugging computational jobs on ~10 dual procs (production is on a larger cluster) so I have a screen session running on each with two terms. Then I have one overall screen which has email etc and contains all of the sessions on the remote machines. I have uptimes as long as the machines ~6 months -- reattaching from home and the office, on holiday etc. With a large history I can look back at the output from all my jobs for the last couple of weeks and with its status-line monitors I can ensure the load average on all the machines stays close to 2.0.
Screen is my effective screen manager. I run emacs (windowless) editting my code and can go home and return to the exact same spot with my kill ring and last modifications intact.