byobu-select-session - Man Page

select and connect to a byobu session


byobu-select-session is an application that lists the available screen sessions running on the system, and prompts the user to select one.  The user also has the option to create a new Byobu session, or launch the default shell without Byobu.

If an invalid selection is chosen 3 times in a row, the user is connected to the youngest session.

By default, if only one session exists, the user is connected to that session, and if no sessions exist, a new session is created -- such that there is no interactive prompt in the normal behavior.  However, some users may choose to always be prompted, by touching the file $BYOBU_CONFIG_DIR/.always-select.

Note that BYOBU_CONFIG_DIR=$HOME/.byobu.

Named sessions that begin with a "." are "hidden" from byobu-select-session(1).  This is useful, for instance, if you do not want a session to be automatically selected at login.  Example:
 byobu -S .hidden



See Also

byobu(1), screen(1)


This manpage and the utility were written by Dustin Kirkland <> for Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others).  Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document and the utility under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 published by the Free Software Foundation.

The complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL on Debian/Ubuntu systems, or in /usr/share/doc/fedora-release-*/GPL on Fedora systems, or on the web at

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12 Jan 2010 byobu