Call for testing screen-profiles

Mark Schouten mark at
Thu Jan 15 22:09:51 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-01-15 at 15:29 -0600, Dustin Kirkland wrote:
> The default screen escape sequence, ctrl-a, breaks that.
> We have had extensive discussions, and the consensus was that the
> escape sequence would need to be changed.
> We've settle on ctrl-g, which was proposed by Nick Barcet.  Perhaps he
> can attest as to why ctrl-g was chosen?  Nick?
> Perhaps we should conduct a poll in Launchpad?  I'd think that we can
> change this escape sequence pretty much any time between now and
> Jaunty's official release in April.  But I don't want to change it
> more than once.
> Shall we open the floor for other suggested escape sequences?  Please
> explain your rationale for why your escape sequence is better than
> ctrl-a and ctrl-g...

I see.

However, imho there are three points here:
1: Lot's of people do not have a clue what ctrl-a does. Since Ubuntu
focuses on ease of use, it also automatically attrackts less experienced
users who will not know what ctrl-a is.
2: Experienced screen-users will default to ctrl-a since that's what
they're using for years.
3: Ctrl-a can be done using one hand. ctrl-a space/$digit switches
windows. Maybe it's me, but I don't feel like pressing ctrl-g is a
comfortable move, typing wise.

Anywho, this is just my point of view. Maybe other screen users have a
very different opinion. :)

If there allready was an extensive discussion, don't let me be the one
to start that process all over again. (But do consider my personal view
above ;))

Mark Schouten <mark at>

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