MC-4.8.31

Introduction to MC

MC (Midnight Commander) is a text-mode full-screen file manager and visual shell. It provides a clear, user-friendly, and somewhat protected interface to a Unix system while making many frequent file operations more efficient and preserving the full power of the command prompt.

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Note

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Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): http://ftp.midnight-commander.org/mc-4.8.31.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: 2c3dd9af66e4cfef5a7a460df1cdf868

  • Download size: 2.3 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 71 MB (add 96 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 0.3 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 0.2 SBU for tests)

MC Dependencies

Required

GLib-2.80.3

Recommended

Optional

Doxygen-1.11.0, GPM-1.20.7, Graphviz-11.0.0, libssh2-1.11.0, pcre2-10.44, Ruby-3.3.2, UnZip-6.0, a graphical environment, and Zip-3.0

Installation of MC

Install MC by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --enable-charset &&
make

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--sysconfdir=/etc: This switch places the global configuration directory in /etc.

--enable-charset: This switch adds support to mcedit for editing files in encodings different from the one implied by the current locale.

--with-screen=ncurses: Use this if you don't have slang-2.3.3 installed.

--with-search-engine=pcre2: Use this switch if you would prefer to use pcre2-10.44 instead of GLib for the built-in search engine.

Configuring MC

Config Files

~/.config/mc/*

Configuration Information

The ~/.config/mc directory and its contents are created when you start mc for the first time. Then you can edit the main ~/.config/mc/ini configuration file manually or through the MC shell. Consult the mc(1) man page for details.

Contents

Installed Programs: mc and the symlinks mcdiff, mcedit and mcview
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/mc and /usr/{libexec,share}/mc

Short Descriptions

mc

is a visual shell

mcdiff

is an internal visual diff tool

mcedit

is an internal file editor

mcview

is an internal file viewer