I found this great tutorial on
tmux by Daniel Miessler that was designed to take you from “wtf tmux” to “omg tmux” with extreme haste. I’m reproducing parts of that blog post here because I find myself googling it at least three times a day. (Because it’s that useful.) Briefly,
tmux is a utility that allows you to connect to a remote server, start a job, and then log off without quitting your job. When you log back in from another location, you can access that job again through
screen utility also does this, but not as well. For instance, if you have a really long username, then you might not be able to start screen, because edge cases.
tmux utility might not be installed on the remote server that you’re interested in using. In that case you’ll have to use
yum to install it if you have those privileges, or bug somebody who does have those privileges. (Having it installed on your local machine doesn’t help you.)
Start a Session
<name> is the name of a new session that you’d like to create.
$ tmux new -s <name>
List the Available Sessions
To get a list of the available sessions, use the easy-to-remember
$ tmux ls
Attach to Session
a is short for attach, and the
-t, I don’t know.
$ tmux a -t <name>
Detach from a Session
Short and sweet like a honey dipped dwarf.
$ tmux detach
Kill a Session
This command uses the
-t option again that I find difficult to remember.
$ tmux kill-session -t <name>