Sometimes it’s useful to log a terminal session, but I don’t want all of my terminal sessions to be logged. So, I’ve set up a special profile in iTerm called “Logged Terminal”. I open this terminal profile when I need to log what I am doing in the terminal.
First, create this profile. Then, head to the General tab and name it something cool like “Logged Terminal”. I like to make it easier to know which terminals are logging, so I set Title to “Profile (Job)”.
Next, head to the Session pane. Check
Automatically log session input to files in
and set an appropriate directory for the log files. I also recommend checking
Log plain text for more legibility and usefulness, in case you need to
copy/paste configurations, etc.
I like to distinguish my log windows even more than changing the title, so I also head over to the Colors tab and pick a unique color preset for this Profile: Solarized Dark.
You can find more color schemes than you know what to do with at the canonical iterm2colorschemes.com.
Now, when I’m SSHing into a router or switch, I can either right-click on the iTerm2 icon in the dock and select New Window->Logged Terminal, or launch it via the Profiles menu.
When I’m done, I can go to the directory I specified above and find the logs.