Came across an option in mc's .ini file: quick_search_mode=2. What does this do? Didn't find anything online or in the man page.

I am trying to configure the Alt+S quick search function to search case insensitive, so was wondering if that is the option to configure that.

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This corresponds to the “Use panel sort mode” in the “Quick search” section of the panel options:

Screenshot of the panel options, with “Use panel sort mode” highlighted

This causes quick searches to use the “Case sensitive” setting of the panel in which they’re performed; you’ll find this setting in each panel’s sort order configuration:

Screenshot of the panel sort order settings, with “Case sensitive” highlighted

To configure quick search to be globally case insensitive, you need to set quick_search_mode to 0. (0 is “Case insensitive”, 1 is “Case sensitive”, 2 is “Use panel sort mode”.)

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    Perfect, thanks Stephen! Is there a secret manual for more information on the ini options or did you discover this through use? :)
    – Gaurav
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 21:20
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    Unfortunately there isn’t, I checked the source code ;-). Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 21:56

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