Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Managing Multiple Terminal Windows in Ubuntu 12.04/Linux

If you are working on a big project with large directories containing several source files, then there is a good chance that you might need multiple files to be open at the same time. And if you use vim editor or rely more on terminal (CLI) in a linux environment to accomplish your work, then you definitely would have felt the need to manage the multiple terminal windows that lay scattered around all over the desktop. I tried other options like terminator etc., but my friend recently introduced me to Byobu, and I find it to be the best and straightforward option to manage multiple terminal windows.

To install Byobu:
// Install byobu
% sudo apt-get install byobu

To use it:
Open a terminal window (Cntl+Alt+t)

// just type byobu
% byobu

And, now use the following key-bindings to create new terminal window panes and navigate between them.

       F2 - Create a new window

       F3 - Move to previous window

       F4 - Move to next window

       F5 - Reload profile

       F6 - Detach from this session

For more key-bindings and info, go to:

Here's a screen-shot of how i looks:

I hope this helps. :)

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