Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ
Whether it's a modem a vpn that drops, or just accidentally
closing a Windows emulator, sometimes you lose your connection.
Users get kicked out, and that screws up their software.
The usual answer to that is to install "screen" because it will
let you reconnect.
Unfortunately "screen" is a Swiss army knife, and it does way
too much, including terminal emulation that you apparently can't
avoid - it wants to be a vt100 terminal and that's all there is to
it: the darn thing even watches your function keys and oh so
helpfully translates them to vt100 sequences! Lousy idea if your
software doesn't like vt100.
If it DOES like vt100, screen may be just what you want.
I found that "dislocate" is part of the "expect" package and it
does just what I want: allows you to reconnect to a session. It
doesn't do anything else, and that's good.
Of course if you DO want multiple windows and everything else
screen offers, it's a great tool.
To use screen, or dislocate, you need to run them BEFORE you get
Then, when you want to reconnect:
screen -D -R
Binaries of both screen and expect are available from
Skunkware for SCO and of course easily available for Linux..
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