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 grey color?


Under Options -> Panel Options select File highlight -> File types.

Midnight Commander Panel options screenshot

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

  • 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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    How exactly can entries be added to ~/.config/mc/ini? I managed to add them to ~/.config/mc/filehighlight.ini, but then you have to copy/paste there the default ones. For syntax highlight, there's ~/.config/mc/mcedit/Syntax. – Dan Dascalescu Feb 20 '18 at 5:51

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