Midnight commander is a dual paned, curses based file manager with a text user interface, inspired by Norton Commander

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midnight commander subshell - sharing a history file with the shell mc was started from

I am looking for a way to make midnight commander share its subshell history with the parent shell. To be more specific, when I start mc, open its subshell using Control+o and subsequently invoke a ...
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Midnight Commander function keys not working

I'm using Midnight Commander in a Mac Terminal. I'm using PC keyboard, so function keys work as F1-F12 keys, but they don't work in MC. I tested what character sequence is sent with each function key ...
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cygwin: vim in mc not coloring

I have a setup using cygwin with midnight commander and vim. I have a proper .vimrc in my home folder, which works fine if I start up vim directly on the console. Now I also want mc to use vim, so I ...
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Midnight Commander on OSX.Opening files

I am using Midnight Commander on Mac OS X (version 4.8.13). I have two problems and I would be very glad if you can help me: /opt/local/libexec/mc/ext.d/doc.sh: line 134: wvHtml: command not ...
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“TAB” key not working in mc

When I open mc, the tab key is not working. As soon as I press it, I completely lose control of mc. Even Ctrl+z do not work to get out and kill it. I need to open a second shell and kill it from ...
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Equivalent of Far Manager's Shift+F12 in Midnight Commander?

Is there an equivalent of the shortcut Shift+F12 (in Far Manager) for Midnight commander? The shortcut basically shows selected files at the first place, but it seems to be a missing feature in MC!
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Solaris libglib2.0-dev

i want install mc-4.8.12 (Midnight Commander), but i get this error: enter code here error: glib-2.0 not found or version too old (must be >= 2.12) When i search for a solution in google i see ...
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mc-wrapper does not exit to MC_PWD directory

I recently installed openSUSE 13.1 and set up the mc in typical why by aliasing mc with mc-wrapper.sh to have it exit into the last working directory in mc instance. However this does not seem to be ...
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How do I hide files or directories from Midnight Commander browser based on their extension?

I would like to add some ignore filters for midnight commander, so it will not show me files that are not important, like Thumbs.db or .MacOSX. How can I obtain this behavior?
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How do I get a proper subshell in mc's mcedit?

I can use the shell from mc when pressing Ctrl+O and when using Debian, I can also use that shortcut from mcedit. However, in Ubuntu, this will only show the shell but I cannot enter anything.
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midnight commander: VFS does not work for tar.xz

In my mc.ext I have following rule for tar.xz files: regex/\.t(ar\.xz|xz)$ Open=%cd %p/utar:// View=%view{ascii} xz -dc %f 2>/dev/null | tar tvvf - But, when I press Enter in mc on ...
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change active directory viewed panel using user menu

I can switch the directory viewed actually in a panel of mc to other directory predefined in user menu file so: G Go to directory ABC cd ABC The directory is changed only in merged shell ...
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Midnight Commander: user running commands or scripts/executables

When I putty to my CentOS (6.4) and launch mc as a normal user (not root) I get fired from the putty window: Server unexpectedly closed network connection. This quit annoying if you are used to ...
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Why in Midnight Commander the chmod has 5 digits and what for?

In the file menu if I go to chmod, it returnes the chmod value for the folder / file. I understand the last 3 digits, the second is setuid/setgid/sticky bit (have read the docs on it but its use is ...
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Show terminal in Midnight Commander

Is it possible to expand the command line to the whole screen (to show several lines on the terminal) in Midnight Commander without exiting it? I mean I want to switch from two tabs to raw terminal to ...
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How to display normal date-time in Midnight Commander?

My MC displays modification date time in very strange manner. Sometimes it displays date+year and sometimes it displays date+time. Unpredictable. How to make it display something predictable? ...
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Mac OS FTP Directory Listing

I use Mac OS X. mc was installed from ports. Mouse is not supported in mc. I try to connect to FTP server. fn + F9. Chose Right, than FTP Link... . In the "Enter machine name (F1 for details)" there ...
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virtual filesystems appear to be limited on win32 build of Midnight Commander

I installed Midnight Commander 4.8.7 on my windows machine at work. 2 of the features that I would love to use are the virtual filesystems for zip files and ssh. But the only virtual filesystem that ...
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Midnight Commander not opening .zip files in centos 6.3

I just installed mc on centOS 6.3 server specifically to edit war files, however, it won't let me browse/open any archive files (zip, war etc)?
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Midnight Commander doesn't use .mc/ini file

I installed Midnight Commander and tried to change the colour scheme, but unfortunately it doesn't apply the ~/.mc/ini file. It's Midnight Commander 4.8.1, on Ubuntu 12.04. When I installed it, it ...
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How to change the prompt of mc's subshell

I often use the subshell of mc. So I want the promt of mc-subsell to be different form the primary shell. Say, how can I change the sub-prompt like this: mc:$Current_dir$ many thanks
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Is it possible to enable bash-completion inside midnight commander?

I would like to enable prompt to act like the bash one, and have tab-completion. I know that tab is used to switch between windows, but I would prefer to do completion if the command line is not ...
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Midnight Commander copy/rename with replaced characters

I would like to copy/rename (F5/F6) with regex (regular expression) mask all the tagged files or directories with names containing space or á or é characters replaced with underscore and a and e ...
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Midnight Commander on OSX - bindings for file extensions and arrows

I am using Midnight Commander on Mac OS X (version 4.8.4) I have two problems and I would be very glad if you can help me: First: The binding for file extensions are set for Linux distribution. ...
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Install MC with SMB support

how to install MC (Midnight Commander) with Samba support (smb:// link like ftp). Im unable to install it thou apt-get. Ive got just mc version without smb. And install from sources failed. I try to ...
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Is there a way to change shortcuts in midnight commander?

I haven't found anything on the topic in the Internet. The only line from .mc/ini that looks related to the question is keymap=mc.keymap but I have no idea what to do with it.
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Xubuntu 12.04 Changing midnight commander colours

I used to be able to change the colour set for midnight commander, by changing the "colour string" in the ini file. It seems now that in xubuntu (Xfce4) mc's colour set is determined by some other ...
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OS X, Terminal: make the Help key simulate Ins

In OS X Terminal I've configured the Home (Ctrl+A = \001), End (Ctrl+E = \005), Page Up (\033[5~) and Page Down (\033[6~) keys, so I improved the Midnight Commander experience a lot. But how do I ...
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Midnight Commander upload/copy exclude

My question is similar to this one, but I would like to exclude some directories recursively when copying/uploading files. Specifically I would like to exclude .git folders from the whole codebase I'm ...
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What does * next to a file in Midnight Commander mean?

Some files have a * next to them and others don't - why?
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What ascii character would sort before the dot character?

In Midnight Commander, files beginning with dot (hidden files) are sorted first and this make browsing in home directory quite difficult. Is there a character that I can use that would be sorted ...
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How to resume file upload to FTP in Midnight Commander?

Trying to upload very big file and after some hours connection is lost. When I try to upload one more time, there is only Append option in Midnight Commander, which is not the same as Resume...
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Is Midnight Commander tool a convenient software to have on a Linux machine? [closed]

I heard some opinions that mc cannot be installed on a Linux server just because somebody wants to. My point is: The MC is quite a convenient tool to use, very useful and powerful, with a helpful ...
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How to make one Midnight Commander tab a shell?

Is it possible to turn one (either left or right) tab of MC into a shell? So I can type command in shell and see a full output and see the directories and files at once?
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Is it possible (and how) make user customization for syntax highlighting in build-in Midnight Commander editor/viewer?

Recently I discover a power of MC to view/edit certain types of file. For example this: shell/.class View=%view{ascii} tmp=%p; javap -c ${tmp%%.class} from ~/.mc/bindings take me brief look ...
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MC on Ubuntu: Save cursor in editor when leaving it

I am using midnight commander (mc) on ubuntu and have figured out that after editing or viewing a file and leaving it the cursor position is not saved after opening it once again. Does anybody know ...
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Is it possible to execute currently opened script from within `mcedit`?

When I change small scripts in mcedit, I sometimes want to "test" them immediately. Switching to another terminal/virtual console is quite annoying, so ther must be a better way. Actually, not every ...
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Midnight Commander search exclude?

In Midnight Commander, is it possible to exclude some directories/patterns/... when doing search? (M-?) I'm specifically interested in skipping the .hg subdirectory.
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Interactive command to let user change directory in bash

I am looking for a CURSES-based way (bash, c, doesn't really matter) of letting a user choose a folder or even a file in roughly the same way that they would do using Midnight Commander. I envisage ...
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Midnight Commander: configure coloring of file names

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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sudo midnight commander

I sometimes start midnight commander as superuser with the command sudo mc to do some operations on the current working directory as superuser. But this results in ~/.mc having the wrong ...
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How to adjust display of midnight commander in kitty?

When I connect to ubuntu from kitty (a putty clone) it looks like this: How do I fix the display?
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How can I get all of my keys and mouse to work using Midnight Commander on OSX?

I used port to install it and I figured out how to fix home/end/pgup/pgdn in the terminal preferences, but still, none of the keypad keys work. the mouse doesn't work. Any assistance would be ...
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Installing Midnight Commander from sources (no root privileges)

I tried to configure ./configure --prefix=/localfolder glib-2.26.1/ make make install but it fails at make stage. trying to configure mc-4.6.1/ and make doesn't obviously work. What are the steps ...
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midnight commander : how to invoke drop down on directory history list

I use mc 4.1.36 (C) ported to windows(I use Vista). I would love to be able to navigate through the list of directories that I've previously visited using the drop-down except that I don't know how to ...
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Cannot use F10 key in Midnight commander running in OS X's terminal

I connect to my server from Terminal in Mac OS X 10.5. When I run Midnight Commander there I cannot use function keys like F10 to close MC even I cannot use mouse to control MC. Any idea why function ...
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How to use graphical line drawing characters with Midnight Commander on OS X under ssh?

I discovered that when I do ssh to a machine using OS X 10.6 and use mc I do not see the graphical line drawing characters. This does not happen if I open terminal and start mc. I'm connecting using ...
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How do I change the view in Midnight Commander?

I have been using Midnight Commander for a while and I have always been able to view the contents of a directory in each panel. I made some change that now the left panel shows the contents of the ...
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How to enable gedit editor in midnight commander?

how can set gedit to be default editor in mc? When I hit F4, gedit should be used rather than mc's default editor.
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OS X: what Norton Commander clone you can suggest [closed]

On Windows I'm addicted to Altap Salamander. I've tried a couple of OS X alternatives, e.g. Midnight Commander. Yes, they are better than plain command line or Finder, but can't compare with Altap ...