Finally working bash_completion in GNU screen

I was struggling without bash_completion in GNU screen and the solution was adding the following to .screenrc:

defshell -bash

Some more info at:

My .screenrc

# ~/.screenrc
# Thanks to:

startup_message off

defshell -bash # dash makes it a login shell

vbell on # no annoying audible bell
vbell_msg "  !! Something interesting has happened !!  "
activity "%c activity -> %n%f %t"
bell "%c bell -> %n%f %t^G"

autodetach on  # autodetach session on hangup instead of terminating screen completely
altscreen on
defscrollback 5000
defutf8 on
defnonblock on
msgwait 1 # message timeout 1 second
shelltitle "$ |bash"

defmonitor on # turn monitoring on
activity "%"  # tell me when stuff happens!

# allow bold colors - necessary for some reason
attrcolor b ".I"

term screen-256color
termcapinfo screen* 'Co#256:AB=\E[48;5;%dm:AF=\E[38;5;%dm'
termcapinfo screen* ti@:te@ # make scrollbar work

defbce on # erase background with current bg color

bind R eval "source $HOME/.screenrc" "echo '.screenrc reloaded!'"
bind % screen -t htop htop

screen -t netlog 0 watch -n 2 -d lsof -iTCP -P
screen 1 mc
screen 2
screen 3
screen 4

backtick 0 0 0 whoami # set "%0`" to equal the output of `whoami`

hardstatus alwayslastline "%{.bW} %-w%{.rW}%n %t%{-}%+w %=%{..} %l | %0`@%H | %D %c:%s %d.%m.%Y"

Author: Michal Zuber

Full stack developer, biker and rollerblader. Owner and developer at Co-founded Blog at

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