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[Fwd: Re: New screen features available]

From: Brian Mathis
Subject: [Fwd: Re: New screen features available]
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:02:50 -0500
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This came directly to me.  I think it was supposed to go to the group.  Pesky "Reply All" button!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: New screen features available
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 03:04:37 -0500
From: Richard Bronosky <address@hidden>
To: Brian Mathis <address@hidden>
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This would be useful with things like running "top" on a wide screen LCD.  I'm lucky enough to have a pivoting LCD and a Linux distro that make it easy to use, but I think think this solves the problem for the masses.  The problem is this:  We have these wide screen displays that are great for movies, but suck for documents.  How do we (best) use them as shell terminals?

On 2/9/07, Brian Mathis <address@hidden> wrote:
Andy Harrison wrote:
> On 2/9/07, Michael Schroeder
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 09, 2007 at 01:47:55PM -0500, Brian Mathis wrote:
>> > I'm not sure my description is good enough, but the idea is that on a
>> > wide terminal, you could split that space into 2, and create an extra
>> > long terminal for 1 program to use.
>> This is actually doable, It's just a matter of setting up the
>> "viewports" in the "canvas". Compile screen with -DHOLE to get
>> another example of a non-standard layout.
>> How about the other screen users? Do you think it's worth to
>> implement something like this?
> I don't see this as an important feature.  The suggested example can
> already be accomplished easily in vim, especially with the
> 'scrollbind' feature.  Having an extra long terminal just isn't that
> big of a deal when screen's scrollback buffer is so easily accessible.
This feature in vim is definitely similar, but that's just one
application.  There are many more where making this type of
functionality available would apply across the board.  It would be
useful in all sorts of editors, email clients, irc, etc...  and not
everyone uses vim.  The beauty of screen is that you don't need an
implementation of this type of window control in every app
independently.  I think it takes the idea of virtual terminals to a new

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