CHAPTER 1

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Terminal Multiplexer

The terminal emulators we use on a day-to-day basis do their job admirably. Having direct access to the shell environment is a fundamental way of life for most software engineers, as it gives us a sense of power and efficiency that cannot be matched by GUI-based applications and mouse interactions.

But even a reasonably modern terminal application can fall short in many areas (such as the Terminal.app on Mac OS X). As an example, imagine your terminal window is busy with a long-running process, and you want to interact with another part of your application or project (but you want to keep an eye on the current process, ...

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