record a session to a file.. use script.
creates a typescript file that can be played back. App available to play them back, compiled from RPM util-linux
SCRIPT(1) BSD General Commands Manual SCRIPT(1) NAME script - make typescript of terminal session SYNOPSIS script [-a] [-f] [-q] [-t] [file] DESCRIPTION Script makes a typescript of everything printed on your terminal. It is useful for students who need a hardcopy record of an interactive session as proof of an assignment, as the typescript file can be printed out later with lpr(1). If the argument file is given, script saves all dialogue in file. If no file name is given, the typescript is saved in the file typescript. Options: -a Append the output to file or typescript, retaining the prior con- tents. -f Flush output after each write. This is nice for telecooperation: One person does `mkfifo foo; script -f foo' and another can supervise real-time what is being done using `cat foo'. -q Be quiet. -t Output timeing data to standard error. This data contains two fields, separated by a space. The first field indicates how much time elapsed since the previous output. The second field indi- cates how many characters were output this time. This information can be used to replay typescripts with realistic typing and out- put delays. The script ends when the forked shell exits (a control-D to exit the Bourne shell (sh(1)), and exit, logout or control-d (if ignoreeof is not set) for the C-shell, csh(1)). Certain interactive commands, such as vi(1), create garbage in the type- script file. Script works best with commands that do not manipulate the screen, the results are meant to emulate a hardcopy terminal.
Playback of script files
REPLAY(1) User Contributed Perl Documentation REPLAY(1) NAME replay - play back typescripts, using timing information SYNOPSIS replay timingfile [typescript [divisor]] DESCRIPTION This program replays a typescript, using timing information to ensure that output happens at the same speed as it originally appeared when the script was recorded. It is only guaranteed to work properly if run on the same terminal the script was recorded on. The timings information is what script outputs to standard error if it is run with the -t parameter. By default, the typescript to display is assumed to be named "type- script", but other filenames may be specified, as the second parameter. If the third parameter exits, it is used as a time divisor. For exam- ple, specifying a divisor of 2 makes the script be replayed twice as fast. EXAMPLE % script -t 2> timingfile Script started, file is typescript % ls
% exit Script done, file is typescript % replay timingfile SEE ALSO script(1)