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Force Screen Detatch

Created by dave. Last edited by dave, 14 years and 48 days ago. Viewed 7,355 times. #2
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I was running a screen session remotely and got disconnected somehow. When I connect back in and issue my reconnect-to-screen command, the session hangs for a long time before connectiong.


What appears to happen is that when screen receives the force-detach signal, it is trying to notify the tty that holds it that it is about to leave. Since the tty is hung due to a dropped connection it has to wait for the timeout to happen (which is upwards of five minutes in some cases).


This script looks for a screen session that you own, and kills the bash on that TTY. This lets screen complete the disconnect, and you can reconnect normally.

This script is very crude. It won't work properly in environments where you have multiple screen sessions going. It expects exactly one process owned by you with 'screen' in its name. So if you name this script 'killscreen', it won't work.

if [ ! -z "$STY" ] ; then
  echo Not a good idea to run this from inside screen
  exit 0
PTS=`ps -ef | grep screen | grep -v grep | grep $LOGNAME | awk '{print $6}'`
if [ ! -z "$PTS" ] ; then
  PS=`ps -ef | grep $PTS | grep bash | awk '{print $2}'`
  if [ ! -z "$PS" ] ; then
    echo killing $PS
    kill -9 $PS
    screen -list
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