delscreen - Linux


The delscreen command removes a Xen virtual console screen from the running system. Xen virtual console (XVC) screens are virtual consoles that allow multiple remote users to access the same system concurrently. delscreen is used to release the resources associated with a specific XVC screen, allowing the screen to be removed from the system.


delscreen [ -f | --force ] [ -s | --screen-id ]


  • -f, –force: Force the screen to be deleted even if there are processes attached to it.
  • -s, –screen-id: Specify the ID of the screen to be deleted. If not specified, the current screen will be deleted.


To delete the current screen, run:


To delete screen with ID 10, run:

delscreen -s 10

Common Issues

  • If the screen is in use by a process, the -f option must be used to force the screen to be deleted.
  • If the screen ID is not specified, the current screen will be deleted. If you are not sure which screen is current, use the -s option to specify the screen ID explicitly.


The delscreen command can be combined with other Linux commands to manage Xen virtual console screens. For example, the following command creates a new XVC screen:

xenvcons create

The following command lists all active XVC screens:

xenvcons list

Related Commands

  • xenvcons: Manage Xen virtual console screens.
  • xengpg: Manage Xen guest hosts.
  • xe: Manage Xen environments.