Version of screen in raspbian has this functionality. I thought that Arch being rolling release it would have all the latest software, so why doesn't it have this?


The vertical split in Screen isn't a part of its default functionality. It's a user patch that several distros keep in their repository to go with Screen. Since Arch usually keeps a more update, but 'pure' repository of software, you're missing the patch.

I don't think arch keeps the patch in their repositories, but from some Googling, you can download it here.

In my opinion, screen pails in comparison to Tmux. It has a lot of the features you want built in and is far easier to use. It might be worth a try ;)

Edit: To install the patch, install it like you would a standard Linux application form source.

  1. Run "./configure"
  2. Run "make"
  3. Run "sudo make install"
  4. Delete the folder you extracted the patch to and its archive as they're no longer needed.

Edit2: According to goldilocks (see comments), this will patch the applications binaries, and is not a plugin for an existing installation of screen. This option will require downloading the source for screen and compiling the two together. If you need help with that, please create a second question.

  • Thank you for your answer, I will try tmux, but just for completeness, could you tell HOW I should use the patch given?
    – Euphorbium
    Oct 15 '13 at 18:02
  • @Euphorbium: Please see the edit :)
    – Jacobm001
    Oct 15 '13 at 18:53
  • Those instructions for installing the patch(es) are TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY WRONG. There is no configure script or makefile in that tarball. It's a set of patches, which are .diff files. You need the screen source in order to use them, you then put those files in the build directory and use the patch command (see man patch) with -p1. You cannot patch an existing executable, so you should probably uninstall that.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 15 '13 at 19:09
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    Here: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/96197/… IMO tmux is a good choice tho.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 15 '13 at 19:48
  • @goldilocks: My apologies. It was my understanding that it was more of a plugin type of thing.
    – Jacobm001
    Oct 15 '13 at 22:02

There's an AUR package that includes these source patches: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=58966

If you don't know how to use AUR, then check out the instructions here (it's totally worth it!).

To automate the process of installing AUR packages you could use a tool like Yaourt.

  • <10 rep, can only post 2 links... Source link for yaourt
    – paulw1128
    Oct 23 '13 at 19:05

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