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MC (GNU Midnight Commander) is a free cross-platform orthodox file manager and a clone of Norton Commander. It was started by Miguel de Icaza in 1994.

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Midnight Commander is calling Seamonkey, but why?

Midnight commander, on pressing Enter on a .html file, calls Seamonkey. I can't find out why. Of course, I checked the usual suspects: The extension files from MC's settings (both the user- and the ...
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Does Midnight Commander cancel a background copy if another background copy is initiated?

I just wanted to confirm this behaviour. If I copy something in Midnight Commander with the option to put it in the background and then I start a second process of copying something in that same ...
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Midnight Commander hotkey for selectbox or field with [ ^ ]

For example mc FTP dialog field have this symbol: It looks like selectbox. I think this is can be history. How to activate/open it with keyboard?
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MC watch changes in directory

Can I set my Midnight Commander to watch changes in the current directory? If I add a file there (using some other program) I want to see the new file in my MC. Kind of like Thunar.
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How to change default Midnight Commander appearance, so I don't have to change it every time I launch a terminal?

I have problems with my screen, so I can't see very well using a default MC theme. Switching to the darker one helps me a lot. So that would be great if I could set it as a default theme.
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How to open new files in a same Vim instance from my file manager or from command-line?

In Midnight Commander, if Options > Configuration > Use internal edit is unset, MC uses my default editor (which I have set to Vim) instead of Mcedit when I press F4. That is good, but it blocks ...
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how to select files and folders on both Midnight Commander panels with the same name?

So we have Midnight Commander and 2 different folders - first on the left panel(folder1) and second on the right panel (folder2) panel. There's a need to select ("highlight", like by pressing Ins key)...
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Use midnight commander as default file manager

I'm running fedora workstation 32 with i3. I'm trying to get it to use midnight commander as the default file manager. I followed the top answer on this thread How to set Midnight Commander as the ...
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Midnight commander: display totals in move dialog

I have mc configured with both "Verbose operation" and "Compute totals" options set in the configuration dialog. This works fine when I copy files: I get the totals for the number of processed files, ...
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Midnight Commander taking long to start when connected on wifi

I have clean installed Fedora 32 with nvidia drivers, Wayland, and disabled cgroups v2 for Docker. And after all that, for some reason, mc started to hang for a while (10 seconds) before running. ...
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Midnight Commander: Shift-F4 not working

In mc, Shift+F4 is supposed to open a new file in your selected editor but for some time it has done nothing on my system (previously it worked). Any ideas or pointers for debugging the issue would be ...
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Midnight Commander sync tree with folder

Is there a way to sync the currently open folder in the List File panel with the dynamic tree view in another panel?
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Close remote connection in Midnight Commander?

In the Midnight Commander I can successfully use a sh:// connection to the another computer and browse remote filesystem. But when I am finished, how to close the connection and return to the local ...
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Disable mouse codes passing to terminal once it was turned on by application?

Sometimes I have application, which supports mouse (for ex. Midnight Commander) crash or disconnect but after that terminal remains in some mode, which makes it accept mouse movements as string ...
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How to enable mouse in Midnight Commander in KDE3 Konsole?

Some time ago I installed openSUSE 13.2 and I don't remember doing anything special (but maybe my memory fails me). Anyway, when I run Konsole, and then Midnight Commander in it mouse works. I ...
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Midnight Commander starts bash shell with wrong option? 'bash -rcfile .bashrc'. Single -

I noticed that when mc is started, a process appears with command line like this bash -rcfile .bashrc Note single dash. Bash does have the rcfile option but that supposed to be specified with double ...
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How to close hanged pane in Terminator?

Sometimes I get Terminator panes hanged, probably due to network or remote host failure. How to close such a pane without affecting other panes? If Midnight commander was ran, then right click menu ...
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mc (midnight commander) view (F3) strange behavior when there is a “.” in the filename

It seems to ignore newline characters in "parsed" view. In raw view everything is fine. Same thing happens in nano "justified" mode. a) parsed text file b) same file in raw mode c) vi with :set ...
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Collapsing a Midnight Commander directory tree

When using Midnight Commander and making my left panel a directory tree, I open a directory and it expands with Enter, but when I press Enter again nothing happens. This is a fresh install of mc on ...
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In MC: What does the * symbol means at beginning of a filename

I am using Ubuntu 18LTS. I am making changes to file located in /usr/bin/ but after reboot it came back as before and also the last modification date, so from that rises my question: what does this "*...
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What happened to the Midnight Commander support for marking files?

In 2010 someone requested that Midnight Commander allow marking files by pressing Shift+up and Shift+down, followed by moving up and down respectively. This feature was implemented in version 4.7.3. ...
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How to make Midnight Commander remembers Shell Link address/name?

Using Shell link function, Midnight Commander usually remembers machine name that we have enter in the past, and we can access them by clicking a tick at the right of machine's name field. But the ...
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Installing Midnight Commander without root user access

I got a RedHat system access with non-root non-sudo rights account. I want to install Midnight Commander (mc) but yum requires root privileges. How can I install mc to my local home without rebuilding ...
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SFTP over Midnight Commander still asks for a password

In linux command line, when I connect to sftp or ssh this, it connects using my public keys and doesn't ask me for a password. sftp user@host It also works when I do ssh user@host But somehow ...
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What does the quick_search_mode config option in midnight commander do?

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 ...
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Running chromium in mc

I cannot run chromium (71.0.3578.98 Built on Ubuntu, running on Ubuntu 18.04) in mc (GNU Midnight Commander 4.8.19). Specifically, in mc: $ chromium-browser [1:1:0117/041208.995908:FATAL:proc_util.cc(...
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How to set Midnight Commander as the default File Manager?

I want graphical applications such as transmission-gtk and Firefox to open up directories with Midnight Commander through new instances of my default terminal emulator running on Debian. I've noticed ...
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Midnight Commander on server slow startup due to attempting to access my local IP

My case is similar to some of the proposed solution in this question where on startup mc attempt to resolve & connect to hostname. Except, instead of accessing the hostname, the mc running on ...
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Tag (select) files in multiple directories

In Midnight Commander I can only tag files in one directory at a time. If I tag some files in a directory and then change to another directory to tag some more, the original files are automatically un-...
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midnight commander mcedit delete selection on backspace

I have pretty ingrained in my brain to select text and then press backspace to delete that text from Is there any way to get this to work in mcedit on mac/linux?
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Midnight Commander does not start without internet connection

I've got some aarch64 embedded device with Centos 7.4. If the system has internet connection, the mc starts as it should. But after disconnection it just didn't starts, but it possible to exit with ...
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How do I disable mouse support in mcedit when it is called via F4 from within mc?

I have a problem with Midnight Commander that I am finding exceptionally annoying. I hope that you can provide some relief to me. I want to use Midnight Commander without mouse support, with mouse ...
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Midnight Commander closes immediately after start in Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia (KDE) via desktop menu

Midnight Commander closes immediately after start in Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia (KDE) via desktop menu, it closes without errors, but works fine if running from terminal. A few days ago it worked well. ...
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Midnight Commander Undelete not working

How exactly do I use the 'undelete files' option on mc? Couldn't find anything helful or working for me on the internet, so I'm asking here. Let's say I got a loop0 device and write in the box "loop0"....
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Opening character device for reading in parallel by multiple processes on Linux

I would like to open a character device e.g. /dev/tty1 by multiple processes in a way that would not interfere reads between them. I noticed that if one process consumes a byte, no other process would ...
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Using console while editing a file in mc no longer possible?

I used to open a file for editing in mc (using mcedit to be more exact) and then switch to console to do some stuff, then again return to file editing and so on. Some time ago (after updating mc I ...
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Using gpm as mouse input in my application started from mc (midnight commander)

I use libgpm in order to read mouse events in my console application. It works fine if started right from the shell. It doesn't receive any mouse events if started from mc (midnight commander). ...
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Ctrl-Enter for Midnight Commander not working in X terminals in Fedora, working in OpenSuse

I like Midnight Commander. Might have to do with starting with DOS machines in the early 90s in Russia, but now I just really like the integration of the command line with a two-panel file list. And a ...
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Midnight Commander Editor (mcdedit) - Is there a way turning off Fullscreen at startup?

Midnight Commander has a very good text editor called mcedit. It's got a GUI style Menu bar which is hidden by default (mc refers to this as Fullscreen). If you go and click the star in the top right ...
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Midnight Commander - Is there a way of customize it's keyboard shortcuts?

Is there a text file that Midnight Commander reads for its hotkeys/shortcuts or are they hard-coded into the app?
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Midnight Commander: sftp connection using aliases from ssh config

Problem description I try to connect to remote server in one of two panels of Midnight Commander using SFTP link... submenu. Unfortunately, mc does not pass my ~/.ssh/config file to sftp. Therefore ...
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In midnight commander, how is a windows domain specified when making an smb connection?

Midnight commander allows making network connections to SMB services (if compiled with support for the SMB file system). The help contents for detailing how to make an SMB connection are these SMB ...
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Midnight commander not running

I have installing Midnight commander from FreeBSD 12.0-current with: pkg install mc When calling mc as as root, it runs as supposed; however when running as a normal user, it aborts with the error: ...
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Change sort order with shortcuts in Midnight Commander?

How to change sort order with shortcuts? I know that I can put that in ~/.config/mc/mc.keymap file but what exactly to type?
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Midnight commander starting very long [duplicate]

Unable to start midnight commander under Ubuntu. It's a server, where I was using it for a lont time always. Today I logged in and found mc hangs on start. dims@sagittarius-a:~$ mc and nothing ...
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How to open files with a wine application from mc?

I want to use PDF-XChange Editor to open pdf files from within mc. I tryed setting Open=wine ~/PDFXEdit6_Portable/PDFXEdit.exe %f in mc.ext, but it opens only the application, not the file. [edit] ...
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Natural sort order in Midnight Commander

How can I fix sort order in Midnight Commander to sort numbers correctly? I need such order: 1.png 9.png 10.png 19.png 22.png a.png test.png z.png
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How to exit from MC SSH panel

For example I make SFTP link in my left panel. How can I revert this panel back to my machine, so that I have listing of my local files? One way I found is to enable "command prompt" in MC layout (...
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Midnight Commander - default directory after shell link?

When I connect to a remote host via mc's Shell link, I always start at that host's root directory. Is there a way to specify that I want to start in a different directory, e.g. the home directory of ...
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midnight commander go to root directory shortcut

I would like to set "/" key as shortcut for going to root directory in midnight commander. I have tried to find relevant option in /etc/mc/md.default.keymap file but I couldn't. Is there relevant ...