I would like to have the OLD behavior of mc, when exiting meant that I will be at the directory where I was before I started mc. I'm only a user on the system, I suspect it's a Suse Linux. The which mc command outputs /usr/bin/mc which is an ELF executable file. The relevant part of my process tree looks like this after I started Midnight Commander:

root     20974  \_ sshd: user [priv]
user     20982  |   \_ sshd: user@pts/5
user     20985  |       \_ -bash
user     32211  |           \_ /usr/bin/mc -P /tmp/mc-user/mc.pwd.20985
user     32213  |               \_ bash -rcfile .bashrc

My suspicion is that bash (I think due to some configuration that I'm not aware of) reads /tmp/mc-user/mc.pwd.20985 after mc exited and then changes its current directory to that directory.

Where is this configuration? How can I disable it?

Update: @hlovdal inspired inquiry

user@node01:/tmp> which mc
user@node01:/tmp> type mc
mc is a function
mc ()
    . /usr/share/mc/mc-wrapper.sh

Which means that on my system mc is a bash function, so I will need to search the location of this definition or somehow unset it. I placed this addition to help later visitors.

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    Should you only want this behavior occasionally, and have it change the directory most of the time, you could press Shift+F10 to quit. That key combination causes mc not to change the parent shell's directory, even if you have the alias or function in place. – egmont Sep 22 '15 at 20:07

On my system I have

$ type mc
mc is aliased to `. /usr/libexec/mc/mc-wrapper.sh'
$ cat /usr/libexec/mc/mc-wrapper.sh
MC_USER=`id | sed 's/[^(]*(//;s/).*//'`
/usr/bin/mc -P "$MC_PWD_FILE" "$@"

if test -r "$MC_PWD_FILE"; then
        MC_PWD="`cat "$MC_PWD_FILE"`"
        if test -n "$MC_PWD" && test -d "$MC_PWD"; then
                cd "$MC_PWD"
        unset MC_PWD

rm -f "$MC_PWD_FILE"

which seems to match your behaviour, so to disable changing directory after exit just disable the mc alias.

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  • So in this case the answer would be unalias mc in ~/.bash_profile or some similar place. For my case it would be unset mc. Thanks for the idea! I had no clue that type exists. – Notinlist Nov 28 '14 at 9:16

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