Okay OpenBSD 6.9 is mostly good to go. Just trying to figure out why screen is fighting with me over UTF-8 again. And this latest version doesn't seem to have the -U switch anymore. And "utf8 on " is no longer a valid command.

Odd. the -U option is mentioned in the screen man page but the actual installed version of screen gives an Unknown option error.

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Okay, so OpenBSD's GNU Screen package wasn't built with UTF-8 Support.

For those who know how to properly contribute and report bugs, how is the best way to report this?

Okay, so after some discussion with the fine folks in on Freenode, it looks like this is the reason for UTF-8 being disabled in GNU Screen on OpenBSD:

So perhaps in 3 or 4 years when they get around to releasing a new version, it can be enabled in OpenBSD again.

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@RussSharek it definitely does. I just tend to use screen, and then tmux inside screen.

Though this has me thinking about how I could change my workflow. Perhaps my first tmux session could be run with an alternate config with screen key bindings (C-a) or something.


You can also create a hotkey which toggles disabling and enabling the local prefix so you can pass the keys through to the remote session.

I avoid nesting them, keep my keybinds enabled, and theme each session different colors. I ran a command on the wrong machine just enough times that I don't fully trust myself. :)


I used screen for a long time, and remapped ctrl-a in tmux to use it because it was burned deep into my muscle memory.

@egret In the end this is where I went and the folks there helped me find some info on why it was purposely disabled.

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