This command configures the use and emulation of the terminal’s hardstatus line. The first form toggles whether
will use the hardware status line to display messages. If the
flag is set to ‘off’, these messages
are overlaid in reverse video mode at the display line. The default
setting is ‘on’.
The second form tells screen what to do if the terminal doesn’t
have a hardstatus line (i.e. the termcap/terminfo capabilities
"hs", "ts", "fs" and "ds" are not set). If the type
lastline is used, screen will reserve the first/last
line of the display for the hardstatus.
screen’s message mechanism and
screen never to display the hardstatus.
If you prepend the word
always to the type (e.g.,
screen will use
the type even if the terminal supports a hardstatus line.
The third form specifies the contents of the hardstatus line.
%h is used as default string, i.e., the stored hardstatus of the
current window (settable via ‘ESC]0;^G’ or ‘ESC_\\’) is
You can customize this to any string you like including
string escapes (see String Escapes).
If you leave
out the argument string, the current string is displayed.
You can mix the second and third form by providing the string as additional argument.