screenbin - use Amazon EC2 to host a shared screen session

Distribution: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository: Ubuntu Universe i386
Package name: screenbin
Package version: 1.5
Package release: 0ubuntu1
Package architecture: all
Package type: deb
Installed size: 56 B
Download size: 5.92 KB
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screenbin uses Amazon's EC2 cloud to dynamically instantiate an Ubuntu instance in the cloud, install a specified list of ssh keys, and launch a shared screen session as a guest user. In this manner, screenbin is a collaborative tool like pastebin, or gobby, but provides a shared shell environment. This is particularly useful for synchronous code reviews, education, collaborative debugging, and demonstrations when a shared terminal between two or more people is required. Amazon EC2 provides a central location accessible via ssh by all parties, such that no individual needs to modify local firewall settings to allow incoming ssh access. And the 'throw-away' nature of EC2 instances allows the host to immediately destroy the instance should anything go wrong.



    Source package: screenbin

    Install Howto

    1. Update the package index:
      # sudo apt-get update
    2. Install screenbin deb package:
      # sudo apt-get install screenbin


    • /usr/bin/screenbin
    • /usr/share/doc/screenbin/changelog.Debian.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/screenbin/copyright
    • /usr/share/man/man1/screenbin.1.gz


    2010-04-24 - Dustin Kirkland <> screenbin (1.5-0ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low * screenbin: Update for 10.04 EC2 guests, LP: #569500 - add URL pointer to - ditch friend_lp_ssh lookup; use ssh-import-lp-id in guest - drop vim and screen from needed packages (now seeded) - drop screen-profiles references, deprecated - call byobu-launcher-install directly - drop screen.real reference, deprecated - update help-text for --guest option - launch byobu with motd+shell

    2009-11-10 - Dustin Kirkland <> screenbin (1.4-0ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low * screenbin: add support for karmic guests, which use byobu rather than screen-profiles; increase the security slightly by execing the guest's screen attachment; LP: #471917

    2009-04-29 - Dustin Kirkland <> screenbin (1.3-0ubuntu1) karmic; urgency=low * debian/control: depend on ec2-api-tools * screenbin: heavily reworked to support two separate modes -- read-only and read-write * screenbin.1: refer to screen-profiles

    2009-02-16 - Dustin Kirkland <> screenbin (1.1-0ubuntu1) jaunty; urgency=low * screenbin: updated initial package per REVU

    2009-01-12 - Dustin Kirkland <> screenbin (1.0-0ubuntu1) jaunty; urgency=low * Initial packaging for Ubuntu, LP: #316542