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Puppet Module for installing and configuring GNU Screen

Christopher Miersma



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Version information

  • 0.1.0 (latest)
released Oct 13th 2017

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cmiersma/gnuscreen — version 0.1.0 Oct 13th 2017


Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with gnuscreen
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  5. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  6. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module installs and configures GNU Screen on a user by user basis. It has been tested on Redhat/CentOS/Fedora distros.

This module is divided into a packages and a config class. The config class can be used by a non-root user. It creates a .screen directory, which can hold multiple configurations and log files. If the .screenrc file does not exist it symlinks to a default config, which is more useful than the system screenrc. Users can overwrite or point the symlink elsewhere, so it will be easy to install this side-by-side with another configuration and use both. Future alternate configurations will be deployed in the same way. Rather than trying to template the .screenrc, this just provides a means of managing multiple alternate config files.


What gnuscreen affects

If you are using ~/.screen or ~/.screenrc for anything, it may cause conflict.

Beginning with gnuscreen

You module is designed to be used on a user by user basis. The default will configure the root user.


This module assumes you have a valid user home. You must pass determine a user's home directory externally and pass that to the module. Otherwise, it will configure root.

Typically, it would be called as below:

class { 'gnuscreen':
  user_home => '/home/username',

This would install this configuration for the user username.


It includes two classes packages and config.


It has only been tested on Fedora, but should work on most Linux distros. The default screen config launches some applications that may not be installed on all systems.


This is currently a minimal release. Anything may change.