It’s a bit ironic that as a UX developer I spend most of my time in the terminal. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for new tools that improve my command line user experience.
tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a separate program, to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached.
Here’s a quick look at a simple Teamocil and
tmux layout in action:
To set up your own
tmux session, you’ll need to install it via your favorite package manager. On the Mac, I use Homebrew.
brew install tmux
Next, you’ll need the Teamocil gem:
gem install teamocil
Now we need to set up our layout:
mkdir ~/.teamocil touch ~/.teamocil/styles.yml
Here’s my quick 50-50 split example from the screenshot:
thechangelog » cat ~/.teamocil/styles.yml ~/Blogs/thechangelog windows: - name: prototype splits: - cmd: cd ~/hp/code/styles - cmd: - cd ~/hp/code/styles - serve width: 50%
Now we just run
$ tmux $ teamocil styles
Be sure and check the Readme for more info or how to create vertically split layouts, too.