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12.1.2 Scrollback

To access and use the contents in the scrollback buffer, use the copy command. See Copy.

Command: defscrollback num

Same as the scrollback command except that the default setting for new windows is changed. Defaults to 100.

Command: scrollback num

Set the size of the scrollback buffer for the current window to num lines. The default scrollback is 100 lines. Use info to view the current setting.

Command: compacthist [state]

This tells screen whether to suppress trailing blank lines when scrolling up text into the history buffer. Turn compacting ‘on’ to hold more useful lines in your scrollback buffer.