I love using screen at work, especially while I’m in a PuTTy session. Basically, screen lets you open up another bash session without disrupting a current bash session in the same window. So I can open one PuTTy session and with screen emulate multiple. This is nice because I can do something different in each screen session without loosing my place in another. Trust me, it’s awesome.


To download:

apt-get install screen

or (depends on your distribution and packet manager)

yum install screen


Create a screen by typing the command:


Super easy, to detach from a screen:

press CTRL+”a”+”d”

Now what? There is now a floating screen session someone. How do you reconnect to it? First you can list all screen session with:

screen -ls

With knowledge of what screens exist, you can reconnect to one with the command:


Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 6.46.30 PM

To kill the current screen, use:

press CTRL+”a”+”\”

Other helpful shortcuts can be found by pressing:

CTRL+”a” release “?”

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 6.48.08 PM

There you have it! Manage your screens wisely.

Kali Screen Blanking

I was tired of the LCD screen hooked up to my pi going to sleep, this page had an answer that solved my problem.

Basically, the solution that worked for my involved x11-xserver-utils.

sudo apt-get install x11-xserver-utils

I then had to create a file named ~/.xinitrc. I use vim as my basic goto editor but there is always nano.

vim ~/.xinitrc

Inside the file, I added the following lines of code.

xset s off # don't activate screensaver
xset -dpms # disable DPMS (Energy Star) features.
xset s noblank # don't blank the video device

exec /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager # start lxde

Complete. Thanks  goes to Spyslab.