TMUX - copy mode and how to control multiple servers at once

Two tips which needs to be documented:

The first one is how to copy in tmux, which had me struggling a lot. Most places say that you need to type the following sequence: CTRL+a,[ (note my prefix is CTRL+a instead if CTRL+b). Then something tricky happens: In some servers I found out that selection of text is initiated with either SPACE or CTRL+SPACE. So, try one of them. Navigate with the ARROWS to select the text. Than, copy the selected text with CTRL+W (or ALT+W if that does not work). Now, navigate to the desired place where you want to paste the text and type the following sequence: CTRL+a,].

The second tip is how to control multiple servers with TMUX: First, export a variable called HOSTS holding your servers list, e.g.:

HOSTS="host1 host2 host3 host4 host5"

then run the following script in your BASH:


# a script to ssh multiple servers over multiple tmux panes 

usage() {
    echo "Application Call: "
    echo "$BNAME sessionname"
    echo "before calling the script do: export HOSTS='host1 host2 host3'"
    echo "as a list of hosts to work on, or you will be promted to type"
    echo "the list in." 

starttmux() {
    echo $HOSTS
    if [ -z "$HOSTS" ]; then
       echo -n "Please provide of list of hosts separated by spaces [ENTER]: "
       read HOSTS

    tmux new-session -d -s $sessionname 
    for i in $HOSTS
    tmux split-window -v -t $sessionname "ssh $i"
    tmux select-layout tiled
    #tmux set-window-option synchronize-panes on
    tmux attach -t $sessionname 

BNAME=`basename $0`
if  [ $# -lt 1 ]; then
    exit 0

start tmux

That is all about TMUX for now.

P.S. \ After a long struggle again, I found out how to copy paste in VI mode with tmux:\ SPACE, stars selection. \ CTRL+m copies to buffer.\ CTRL+a,] pastes the buffer.\

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