A few snippets to make your prompt look better when using screen for linux.

Add the below to your .bashrc so each tab created when you generate a new screen shows user@hostname

function rename_screen_tab () { echo -ne “\x1bk$@\x1b\\”; return 0; }

if [[ “$TERM” = screen* ]]; then
PROMPT_COMMAND=’rename_screen_tab ${USER}@${HOSTNAME%%.*}’
[ “$HOSTNAME” = “hostname-of-mainbox” ] && PROMPT_COMMAND=’rename_screen_tab ${SCREEN_TAB:-$USER}’

Add the below to your .screenrc

hardstatus off
caption always “%?%F%{= Kk}%:%{=u kR}%?  %h %-024=%{+b} %C%a %D %d %M %Y%{= db}”
hardstatus alwayslastline
hardstatus string ‘%{= kG}[ %{G}%H %{g}][%= %{= kw}%?%-Lw%?%{r}(%{W}%n*%f%t%?(%u)%?%{r})%{w}%?%+Lw%?%?%= %{g}][%{B} %d/%m %{W}%c %{g}]’
shelltitle “$ |bash”

Note: the hardstatus string should be on the one line.