manpage of -R gives the impression that screen -R always resumes a session

Bug #1459653 reported by Karl-Philipp Richter on 2015-05-28
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
screen (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Reading the `-R` section of the manpage of `screen` the user might think that `screen -R` always resumes the last detached session, instead it prompt which session to choose after two have been detached.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
Package: screen 4.2.1-3
Uname: Linux 4.0.1-040001-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.17.2-0ubuntu1.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Thu May 28 14:39:30 2015
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-04-02 (55 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" - Beta amd64 (20150326)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: screen
 current build number: 0
 device name:
 channel: daily
 last update: Unknown
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

summary: - manpage of -R sounds like screen -R always resumes a session
+ manpage of -R gives the impression that screen -R always resumes a
+ session
Axel Beckert (xtaran) wrote :

Thanks for the report. This is indeed an issue.

That description actually belongs to "-RR", not to "-R".

I'll update the Debian package accordingly and it will propagate to Ubuntu afterwards.

Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Axel Beckert (xtaran) wrote :

I've just checked: That's wrong in the upstream version of the man page, too, despite the debian package patches those lines and that feature.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Axel Beckert (xtaran) wrote :
Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package screen - 4.3.0-2

screen (4.3.0-2) unstable; urgency=low

  * Upload to unstable again.
  * Re-add debian/dirs with /etc/tmpfiles.d/ and add a comment why screen
    ships an empty directory.
    + Fixes regression introduced in 4.2.1-4: If systemd is not installed
      and screen is either setuid or neither setuid nor setgid,
      /var/lib/dpkg/info/screen.postinst bailed out with "16:
      /var/lib/dpkg/info/screen.postinst: cannot create
      /etc/tmpfiles.d/screen-cleanup.conf: Directory nonexistent".
    + See comment in debian/dirs for more detailed reasoning.
  * No more ship /lib/systemd/system/screen-cleanup.service in the package
    but link it to /dev/null in postinst and remove the link again in
    postrm. (LP: #1462692)
  * Add fixed bugs reported in Ubuntu to previous changelog entry.
  * Apply wrap-and-sort.

 -- Axel Beckert <email address hidden> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:57:18 +0200

Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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