Using screen, why can't I re-attach to my session after a lost connection?
In some cases, your previous
screen session may not have detached
properly when you lost your connection. If this happens, you can
detach your session manually.
To see your existing
screen sessions, enter:
This will display a list of your current
screen sessions. For
instance, if you had one attached and one dead screen, you would see:
There are screens on:
25542.pts-28.hostname (Dead ???)
Remove dead screens with 'screen -wipe'.
2 Sockets in /tmp/screens/S-username.
To detach an attached screen, enter:
If you have more than one attached screen, you can specify a
particular screen to detach. For example, to detach the screen in the
above example, you would enter:
screen -D 1636.pts-21.hostname
Once you've done this, you can resume the screen by entering the
screen -r command.
(In the above example, the dead screen isn't causing problems, but you
should probably enter the
screen -wipe command to get rid
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Last modified on August 22, 2008.