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Painless Tmux

A Sane Person's Guide to Command Line Happiness

About the Book

In the old days you had a big ol’ green screen on your desk with a big ol’ clicky keyboard. You typed in a command, that command got sent to a mainframe somewhere and the screen showed you what happened and we called it high tech. Now we all have these multi-core computing beasts on our desks, systems capable of running literally billions of instructions in the time it takes you to blink, but for some reason we’re still treating the command line like a green screen dumb terminal that can only handle one command at a time.

That’s no way to live. Except for the clicky keyboard part. Mechanical keyboards are awesome. But that’s not the point.

Enter tmux. Tmux is a way to get more out of your terminal emulator. Open multiple windows on one screen, and multiple tabs in a single session to have instant access to every aspect of your work all from a single terminal window. While you’re at it you can open up multiple sessions on a single machine, or connect to remote sessions…in short, tmux is your gateway to the matrix. Glowy green letters everywhere! (if that’s your idea of a cool color scheme. I’m not here to judge.)Painless Tmux starts with the understanding that you're an intelligent, busy person who has to get actual work done along with learning to wrangle multiple command lines. This book is designed to help you get comfortable with tmux incrementally, helping you build up the kind of skill you need to fully utilize panes, windows, sessions and all the other power features of tmux. The goal is to introduce you to the 20% of tmux that you'll use most often first, and give you pointers to the 80% you'll use less often when you're ready to explore. Painless Tmux is also designed to be short, easy to read, and inexpensive, so you can learn quickly and painlessly. I think you'll like this book, and I think that before too long you'll find that using tmux is actually fun and that learning it was, well, painless.

About the Author

Nate Dickson
Nate Dickson

Nate Dickson, MBA is a scrum master by day, working for a large non-profit organization in the tops of the Rocky Mountains. By night he writes novels, plays games, and contributes to various open source projects. Nate lives in a cozy little suburb with his wife, kids, and a couple of dogs. It's a good life.

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Table of Contents

    • About this Beta Book
    • Preface
      • Why This Book?
    • Introduction
      • What is Tmux and Why Do I Need It?
      • What This Book Is
      • What This Book Isn’t
      • Who am I?
      • References
      • The Obligatory “Conventions Used in This Book” Section
    • 1. Say Hi to Tmux!
    • 2. The Prefix: For Before We Begin
      • A Tour of the Tmux
    • 3. Interlude: Defining the Terms
      • Tmux
      • Sessions
      • Windows
      • Panes
    • 4. Configuration is Fun
      • Syntax
      • Counting
      • Binding keys
      • Kill it! Kill it with Fire! I mean, kill it with X!
      • Handy Chart of the Changes You Just Made
    • 5. Painless Panes
      • Moving
      • Resizing
      • Resizing, Vim Style
      • Zooming
      • Breaking Window Panes (no, it’s okay!)
      • Using Panes
    • 6. Tmux Windows Work a Lot Like Tabs
      • Windows are for Contexts
      • Monitoring Panes
    • 7. Sessions
      • Sessions are for Projects
      • Session Setup
      • Detaching and Attaching
      • Swapping Sessions
      • The Why of Sessions
    • 8. Copy Mode
      • Entering Copy Mode
      • A Stack of Snips
      • Navigating in Copy Mode
      • Awesome ASCII Screenshots
    • 9. Interlude: Finesse
      • Comments are Free, and Priceless
      • Check it in
      • Finesse Starts With You
    • 10. The Anatomy of Tmux
      • Dividers
      • The Status Bar
    • 11. Customizing Tmux
      • A Word About Colour in Tmux
      • Actually Really Customizing Tmux for Real This Time
      • Status Bar. This is the big one
      • Left (and Right) of Center: Quick Information About Your Environment
      • Super Secret! The Command Line
    • 12. Automating your Tmux Setup
      • Start Simple
      • Multiple Windows
      • Where Am I?
      • Building Blocks
      • Shutting Down
      • Conclusion
    • 13. Remote Tmux
      • Servers
      • Team Tmux
    • 14. Fancy Tmux Tricks
      • Clock!
      • Programmatically Check for an Active Tmux Session
      • IntelliTmux
      • Weather in the Status Bar
    • 15. Conclusion
  • Appendices
    • Installing Tmux
    • All the Command Tables!
      • Config
      • Panes
      • Window Commands
      • Session commands
      • Copy Mode Commands
      • Customizing Tmux
    • Useful Aliases
    • Multiplayer Options
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Digital Ocean
      • Vagrant
      • Setting Up Your Multiplayer Server
    • Vagrant
    • Caps Lock Must Die!
    • About This Book
      • About the Text
      • About the cover
    • Special Thanks
    • If You Got This Book…Somewhere else
  • Notes

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