Moikka! Here's Adrián. I work for Igalia.

SSH + Screen, a shortcut

Most of the time while administering servers, I open an SSH connection and then a Screen session. Lately I have been using with SSH the -t option to force it to create a PTY, which is needed by some programs which do not work when their output and/or input is not a terminal, and just realized that I can just do:

ssh user@host -t screen

I even have a small script named shsc which does that for me:

#! /bin/bash

opts=( )

for opt in "$@" ; do
    if [[ ${opt} = *@* ]] ; then
        opts=( "${opts[@]}" "${opt}" )

if [[ ${#userhost} -eq 0 ]] ; then
    echo "$(basename "$0"): No '[user]@host' specified"
    exit 1
fi >&2

exec ssh "${userhost#@}" -t screen "${opts[@]}"

The idea is that parameters other than the user and hostname to connect to are passed to Screen, so one can do things like checking where there are alive Screen sessions, and reattach to them:

% shsc -ls
There is a screen on:
  9573.scr    (09/15/2010 06:49:42 PM)    (Detached)
1 Socket in /var/run/screen/S-aperez.

Connection to closed.
% shsc -DRR