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Copyright (C) 1996 Stefan Hegny, Ilya Zakharevich Author: Stefan Hegny (email@example.com) with improvements by Ilya Zakharevich (firstname.lastname@example.org) Available: ftp://ftp.math.ohio-state.edu/pub/users/ilya/emacs Suggested by Juhapekka "naula" Tolvanen
GNU Midnight Commander 4.5.55 has been released. Development of the GNOME frontend will continue on the stable branch only: "Branch_MC_4_5_x". All GNOME support will be removed from the head branch in the next few days. NEWS: - Mostly bugfixes and portability fixes. Making things work as they were meant to work. - Text edition improvements. - Ctrl-O supported in the viewer and editor. - Better terminal support. Should not need "Learn Keys" on rxvt and xterm in most cases. - GNOME edition improvements. - Find dialog rewritten. - Editor and viewer ask whether to save modified file when closed from window manager. - Editor. - New syntax rules - S-Lang, PO files, Octave. - Alt-B goes to matching bracket. - Portability improvements. - Should compile out-of-box on Cygwin and QNX Neutrino. - Can be compiled by BSD make. - Subshell and VFS code are safer and more portable. - Experimental features (disabled by default). - Charset conversion support. - Large (64-bit) file support on 32-bit systems. Homepage: http://www.gnome.org/projects/mc/ The source tarball is currently available here: http://www.gnome.org/projects/mc/mc-4.5.55.tar.gz Note that the final location will be ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/stable/sources/mc/ Any help with moving the tarball to the final location (or giving me access to do so) will be appreciated. -- Regards, Pavel Roskin
A long time ago, on another computing platform, Peter Norton Computing released Norton Commander. This became my favorite file management program. As I wandered further and further into the UNIX realm, I found it hard to believe that a program like this wasn't available on UNIX. Finally, I came across Midnight Commander, as shown in Figure A. It offers more features than Norton Commander and, unlike Norton Commander, it runs on a variety of different computing platforms.
From: "Marc" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 15:40:54 +0200Where is Midnight commander? I managed to download some old tar files but now there is no documentation. The link called "documentation" on the MC site brings you to a website where documentation of some software group is managed. Why isn't MC kept simple like it used to be? Wasn't that one of the the succesfactors of this piece of software? Why is there not a simple procedure on the MC site that explains where to get it and how to install it even though the redirected links are there? Last question. What simple filemanager for the HP UNIX 10.20 could I use, where to download and how to install? MacRe: Mc down the drain
From: Michael Schmidt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 08:13:41 +0200
On Mon, Sep 18, 2000 at 03:40:54PM +0200, Marc wrote: > > Where is Midnight commander? > [...] > Why isn't MC kept simple like it used to be? Wasn't that one > of the the succesfactors of this piece of software? My personal point of view is that a few people have put too much graphics tittle-tattle and too much feature tittle-tattle into mc, would have been much better to stabilize mc's runtime solidity. > Why is there not a simple procedure on the MC site that explains > where to get it and how to install it even though the redirected > links are there? Don't know, perhaps certain persons do not like that for any reasons. Sorry, but one may get this impression. > Last question. What simple filemanager for the HP UNIX 10.20 > could I use, where to download and how to install? The mc version I have compiled under HPUX-10.20 and which runs here until today without known problems is mc-4.5.33. Feel free to get the sources tarball from our site at: ftp://ftp.fh-koblenz.de/pub/gnu/mc/ Have a nice day Michael
XNC can be downloaded from the http://xnc.dubna.su or from
http://sunsite.unc.edu as mentioned on your page. Link http://unix1.jinr.dubna.su/~old/xnc no longer exists. Since 4.4.0 version XNC has plugins support for loading different skins/themes. Two themes are available in 4.4.4 version - Aqua theme and Five theme. You can found screen shots on the main XNC site.
Here is the quote from the author page:
If you like Drall, please express your satisfaction with a donation: send me what you feel Drall has been worth to you. If you are glad that I developed Drall and distribute it as free software, rather than following the obstructive and antisocial practices typical of software developers, reward me. If you would like me to develop more free software, contribute.
WebExplorer is a Windows Explorer style file manager through your web-browser, but don't let the "Windows part" of it scare you away! Just upload the file to your designated "admin" directory on your PHP enabled website, edit the variable $basedir to reflect your website, and off you go!!
This application lets you edit, browse, CHMOD, view, move, rename, copy, and create files/directories in any forms/tables enabled browser. You even have the option to create html skeleton-files.
fmweb is a web-based filemanager written in Java. It can be used to manage the local filesystem or via the TCP/IP network the filesystems of remote machines. The communication is via HTTP. fmweb has a built-in WWW server.
Although fmweb is a platform-independent java application, it offers many functions that specialized file managers for the operating system provide. This latest version has been tested on Linux, Windows 95, Windows/NT and SUN Solaris. Previous versions also worked on AIX and OS/2 and the new version should work on these platforms too.
GPLed execution compressor added to useful add-ons. Especially useful for recovery floppies.
- UPX 1.07 has been released - featuring major compression speed improvements
- Visit the UPX Message Board for discussions about problems, features, GUI frontends, and more.
- We'd like to hear from you if you are a happy author that uses UPX to compress your programs! Please announce your files on the new UPX Application Board.
- The UCL compression library has been released. UCL is a re-implementation of some especially efficient NRV compression algorithms. This is the first step of the UPX source code release as UCL contains all of UPX's stub decompressors.
- UPX is rated number one in the well-known Archive Comparison Test .
- http://upx.tsx.org now is the official (and hopefully permanent) UPX redirector.
On the subject of keyboardability, posted 11 Feb 2001 by RyanMuldoon
The mention of XMLTerm reminded me about the EFM approach to integrating the command line with the GUI. EFM had a graphical file listing, but you could also just start typing in commands. It worked pretty well. My understanding is that Nautilus may incorporate this feature post-1.0. That would probably be rather useful. It doesn't solve the issue of having commandline tools pop up GUI windows and such, but it does manage to avoid it. Nautilus is setting out to create GUI tools to eliminate the need for CLI. As much as I'd like to think otherwise, I still can't use linux without a console. I don't even notice it - but a novice user most definitely would. What we should try and focus on is incorporating (or even surpassing) the expressiveness of the command line into the simpler interface of the GUI. Pointing, clicking and dragging has basically no semantic value right now. I have high hopes for what things like "emblems" in Nautilus could do - little symbols that you can attach to an icon that represent an action. If you think about it, that has a lot of power if it is implemented well. That should be complemented by the ability to use things like Nautilus or EFM like "graphical shells" - not filemanagers per se, but just a graphical context for inputting commands. Of course, as I said in my last post, such things would benefit even more by a semantically richer filesystem and increased metadata. But that requires a pretty big change.
Sort of., posted 11 Feb 2001 by egnor
Some aspects of the command line need to remain on the console, so they can be piped to other programs. And even if everyone has a GUI, system processes often have no interface at all. If 'tar' always pops up a status bar, what happens when 'tar' is running from a cron job? Does the logged-in user get a random status bar on their screen?
You are also presumably assuming some sort of remote-display system that's at least as efficient as a remote console. (X is no good; I can use command-line tools over a 300bps link if that's what I have, but the X protocol doesn't work well until at least 64k-128k or so, and in many cases not even then.)
If you solve these problems, what you're left with is the Plan 9 user interface, give or take. Plan 9 takes the philosophy that consoles are dumb teletypes (no VT100 emulation); if you want output that can be redirected, use the console; if you want something like 'curses', that's what the GUI is for. (And yes, transparent remote access to everything is possible.) It's not a bad model; the VT100 character-grid interface really has no reason to exist.
(If you don't solve these problems, but merely brush them under the rug, what you're left with is the Windows user interface, give or take.)
Is that what you had in mind?
Some programs, posted 11 Feb 2001 by nether
This is not an entirely new idea. For example, there's Ion, a window manager that's designed to be used with a keyboard. (Yes, you can use it with a mouse, too, but it's not quite what you're used to.) I use it all the time.
Ion doesn't provide much in the way of integrating command-line tools with a GUI (try XMLterm for that), but it's definitely a step towards closing the gap between "console" and "GUI".
Some of this already works in KDE 2, posted 11 Feb 2001 by tackat
> What if the Unix GUI didn't need a mouse? What if every application could be controlled solely with the keyboard?
This is already possible in KDE 2 for a long time via DCOP. Fire up kwrite (make sure you don't have two kwrites there at the same time -- otherwise you have to add the pid to those commands) and type into your favourite xterm:
dcop kwrite KWriteIface insertText 'Windows rocks!' true
dcop kwrite KWriteIface setCursorPosition 0 8 true
dcop kwrite KWriteIface insertText 'sux! KDE ' true
dcop kwrite KWriteIface shiftHome
dcop kwrite KWriteIface writeFile 'conquer_your_desktop.txt'
or check your Mail using KMail by entering:
dcop kmail KMailIface checkMail
or bind the command "dcop kdesktop KScreensaverIface lock" to your "Pause"-key using kmenuedit. That way you can start kscreensaver by pressing the "Pause"-key.
To explore the possibilities you might want to use kdcop.
Sep 05 2000 - Released version 0.4.0. This has some major improvements (ChangeLog) Do NOT use the command line in this release! I will fix things in 0.4.1
- Very powerful interface similar to the one of Windows Commander
- Smart command line which controls all functions and has pattern matching functionality
- A kickass way to associate files with commands. Check the screenshot.
- Fully keyboard controlled. No need to touch the mouse. (Well ok,a little)
Not A Commander
a better (and this time graphical) rip-off of Norton Commander(tm)
by Sergey Babkin <email@example.com>
This project's purpose is file manager for X11 with user interface inspired by Norton Commander (tm). There had been a number of those for DOS (Volcov Commander, DOS Navigator), Unix text interface (Mecomp Commander, Demos Commander, Midnight Commander), Windows (Windows Commander). I think that none of them except Volcov Commander (which is very much a re-creation of NC3 with features from NC4 but wihtout the bloat of NC4) quite caught the reason why the original NC did so well: it practically did not impede the access to the command line in any way, just complemented it. Another thing is that I hate mouse-oriented environments, they make my wrist ache badly. All these graphical environments may be a good thing if the mouse would be subtracted from them. So now I want to make another take: create a file manager for X11 that does things right. Actually, the prototypes show that I may be able to get even better integration with the command line than the original NC ever had.
The development is going in the Way of Natural Stupidity: first get sometihng working and then add the features and refine the design. The main architectural goal is to keep the architecture flexible and make future changes easy.
The current state of development is a "prototype": something missing too much functionality even to be called an alpha-release.
This is the final project for the Interfaces classes I've taken at the University of Nice. It's a powerful file manager under XWindow that resembles the good old Norton Commander. It's also capable of doing FTP transfers.
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