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5 Commands

A command in screen can either be bound to a key, invoked from a screenrc file, or called from the colon prompt (see Customization). As of version 3.3, all commands can be bound to keys, although some may be less useful than others. For a number of real life working examples of the most important commands see the files etc/screenrc and etc/etcscreenrc of your screen distribution.

In this manual, a command definition looks like this:

– Command: command [-n] ARG1 [ARG2] ...
This command does something, but I can't remember what.

An argument in square brackets (‘[]’) is optional. Many commands take an argument of ‘on’ or ‘off’, which is indicated as state in the definition.