tmux is rapidly becoming the de facto standard in regards to terminal multiplexers with its breadth of features and ease of configuration. It is one of the fastest growing tools in the developer's toolkit due to its power in maximizing the productivity of a terminal window. Developers spending a large amount of time in the terminal will benefit greatly from learning how to utilize tmux and its powerful features. By taking a single terminal window and turning it into multiple windows, each with their own state, tmux is like a supercharger for your console.
We begin with a simple introduction to tmux and learn some ways it can help increase productivity in your daily terminal usage. From there, we'll move on to configuring and customizing tmux to make it work, look, and feel the way that best suits your needs. Along the way, we have tutorials and screenshots aplenty so you can follow along and avoid feeling lost. We'll also explain some of the core concepts of tmux, including the way it uses sessions, windows, and panes to divide content and running programs.
After learning some of these beginner topics, we dive into some advanced tmux concepts. We'll touch on how to perform text manipulation to copy and paste text from one window to another or even to and from a file. We'll learn how to use tmux for fault-tolerant SSH sessions or pair programming, and we finish by discussing some other open source tools that can be used alongside tmux to help make it even more powerful.
tmux is an incredibly capable tool that has some concepts which can be tricky to grasp. This book will help demystify some of those tricky bits with many explanations and rich examples in a manner that cannot be found in the tmux documentation.
By the end of this book, you will have a much richer understanding of tmux and its capabilities and all the tools necessary to turbocharge your terminal experience.
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About the Author
Victor Quinn is a technology leader and systems architect whose area of expertise is in leading teams to build APIs and backend systems.
Currently, Victor is building the API and backend system for SocialRadar, a startup company who are in the process of building a mobile app that provides real-time information on the people around you. SocialRadar is building a system for tracking and combining location information from multiple mobile apps and social networks, and Victor is helping to ensure that the API with which those mobile apps communicate is highly scalable and performant.