adventures in tmux

i know. I KNOW. Varsity right? I can’t take credit, well I sorta can. I was crazy excited after accidentally hitting command+D and splitting the pane, not realizing it only duplicated. This led Max to suggest I go discover the multiplexing god that is tmux.

But like most things I’m finding, most of the forums and wikis and tutorials assume a certain level of knowledge and fail to mention the EXTREMELY IMPORTANT basics.

What i was trying to do- uhm. split a pane. the, like, FIRST thing you should be able to do.

The problem- The prefix (as i learned later it was called) CTL+B and the ” key weren’t working.

The solution- the plus symbols means “at the same time” while the <“> means directly following it.

So yeah, while ALT+SHIFT+TAB is insanely common in pane management, they go and decide it’s now 2 separate commands and don’t bother explaining it ANYWHERE.

This is what makes learning this shit from scratch so infuriating.

It says <Prefix + %>, do i type that whole thing?

or not the <> part?

is “prefix” part of the code or does it means something that i need to input?

and why does it sometimes say CTL+B and sometimes CTL-B?

there’s like 80% consistency and EVERYONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND THE 20% THAT’S NOT EXPLAINED ANYWHERE

AND WHY DON’T THEY COLOR CODE THIS IN STACKED OVERFLOW

AND WHY DOESN’T THE CONFIG FILE COME WITH IT? AND HOW TO I CREATE MY OWN CONFIG FILE SO I CAN JUST COPY THIS THAYER GUY’S CRAP.

;ALSKDFJA;LSFJ

the lesson- you better have friends, a computer science degree or an insane amount of patience.

xo-k

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