Within a few hours of that post, it was noted that the ASCII character I thought was unpressable and unbound in Emacs was in fact quite pressable (ctrl-p) and bound (up). Dang. And I was so proud... Hubris.
In any case, I was able to do a bit more digging, and in fact, one of the commenters to that post suggested ctrl-^ as his favorite Screen escape character. In fact, the Emacs wiki suggests the same thing. And with that, we're back off and running!
You can read the original-but-updated post here.
Alright, so with that, I've just released Byobu 4.0 into the Byobu PPAs and Ubuntu Oneiric. You can check the changelog if you want all the details, but here's a few highlights:
- Users are prompted the first time they use ctrl-a, if they want that keystroke to operate in Emacs-mode or Screen-mode and the selection is permanently preserved
- Scrollback mode is vastly improved with some new keybindings and tweaks; you can now use alt-pgup and alt-pgdn to scroll through each window's history
- The "printscreen" functionality is much faster, and nicer, opening the buffer file in a new window using your default file viewer (try: F12 ~)
- Added support for a BYOBU_DISABLE environment variable to Byobu's launchers; if we could get this added to OpenSSH's whitelisted environment variables, then you could locally configure your system to launch or never launch Byobu on remote systems over ssh
- Added a utility called 'byobu-quiet', which disables all status notifications and removes the hardstatus line; perhaps attractive to people who might like Byobu's keybindings but don't go for the eye candy