After installing Midnight Commander in CentOS 7, I looked for the configuration file in /home/$USER/.mc.ini but didn't find it. I want to change my default skin to another color scheme, but can't find config file.

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It's in the following file: ~/.config/mc/ini.

  • Unfortunately not...
    – obohovyk
    Oct 13, 2014 at 7:53
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    @alexkowalski then it's ~/.config/mc/ini
    – UVV
    Oct 13, 2014 at 8:02

If you have not made any changes, the config file does not yet exist.

The easy way to change from the default skin:

  1. Start Midnight Commander

    sudo mc
  2. F9, O for Options, or cursor to "Options" and press Enter

  3. A for Appearance, or cursor to Appearance and press Enter

    You will see that default is the current skin.

  4. Press Enter to see the other skin choices

  5. Cursor to the skin you want and select it by pressing Enter

  6. Click OK

After you do this, the ini file will exist and can be edited, but it is easier to change skins using the method I described.

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    There is no Appearance menu under Options.
    – Overmind
    Apr 23, 2018 at 5:26
  • Nope, indeed... 4.8.7-11.el7
    – Bert
    Dec 3, 2019 at 11:35

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