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 file highlighted in the right panel. How do I change this back?


Click/Select the "Left" menu item, then select "List...".

Or with keyboard only: Press F9 -> L -> L -> Enter or O

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  • Thanks! I had clicked that but looking at the next dialog I thought that the correct listing mode was already selected so I didn't click OK. This time I did! – Liam Aug 30 '10 at 14:18
  • @Liam great! =D Would you mind selecting this answer as accepted if it worked out for you? =) – Pylsa Aug 30 '10 at 14:20
  • begging for karma bumps puts you on the dark side. Shame. – vtest Aug 30 '10 at 14:21
  • @vtest I'm always pushing fairly new users to accept answers for solved questions ;) Not just my own... I don't mind the rep I get from it... And I also wonder how much 15 points of rep would bump up my 5100 rep status... So please don't judge that easily just because I voted down your answer. – Pylsa Aug 30 '10 at 14:22
  • gladly, I couldn't in the first 15 minutes though :) – Liam Aug 30 '10 at 14:34

An easy way to revert most Linux apps to default settings is to delete/rename their user-specific settings directory and restart them. For mc that would be ~/.mc

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  • Bit overkill for this one don't you think? -1 – Pylsa Aug 30 '10 at 14:21

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