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.


Okiedokie... lets see

$ man-section mc | head -n20
mc (1)
 Mouse support
 Redefine hotkey bindings

8th section... is that possible? Lets look

man mc (scroll,scroll,scroll)

Redefine hotkey bindings
    Hotkey bindings may be read from external file (keymap-file).  A keymap-
    file is searched on the following algorithm  (to the first one found):

     1) command line option -K <keymap> or --keymap=<keymap>
     2) Environment variable MC_KEYMAP
     3) Parameter keymap in section [Midnight-Commander] of config file.
     4) File ~/.config/mc/mc.keymap
     5) File /etc/mc/mc.keymap
     6) File /usr/share/mc/mc.keymap


cp /etc/mc/mc.keymap ~/.config/mc/

Now edit the key mappings as you like and save ~/.config/mc/mc.keymap when done

For more info, read the Keys (man mc) section and the three sections following that.

$ cat /home/jaroslav/bin/man-sections 
MANPAGER=cat man $@ | grep -E '^^[[1m[A-Z]{3,}'
  • Thanks. What's man-section? – woky Dec 29 '14 at 0:14
  • @woky it's a regex pipe for troff output (man page format) – Ярослав Рахматуллин Dec 29 '14 at 10:07
  • I've been trying to get those good old shortcuts that my old fingers were used to on Norton Commander, and I put that in my ~/.config/mc/mc.keymap : cat .config/mc/mc.keymap [panel] SortByName = ctrl-f3 SortByExt = ctrl-f4 SortBySize = ctrl-f6 SortByMTime = ctrl-f5 But hélas, this does not have any effect. What did I do wrong? – Pierre Mar 25 '20 at 21:31

In Ubuntu the keymaps are in /etc/mc/mc.keymap


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