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Is it possible to configure the Midnight Commander (Ubuntu 10.10) to show certain file and directory names differently, e.g. all hidden (starting with a period) using gray color?

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Under Options>Layout select Highlight...>File types.

See man mc in the Colors section for ways to choose particular colors by adding entries in your ~/.mc/ini file. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a keyword for hidden files.

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Not only that there is no keyword for hidden files, I even have no success in changing an existing regex (e.g. for temp files) to match files/directories starting with a period. –  Mike L. Feb 15 '12 at 18:43

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