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[Dec 31, 2009 Midnight Commander

We've found some critical bugs (editor, x86_64, ...) in the previous 4.7.0 release, so we rushed out a minor bugfix release now. Please upgrade if you happen to experience these.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010! On behalf of the Midnight Commander development team

Slava Zanko

[Oct 2, 2009] Midnight Commander 4.7.0-pre3

Looks like the new team revitalized development of the old, stale codebase...

Major changes since 4.7.0-pre2







[Aug 28, 2009] Midnight Commander release 4.7.0-pre2!  by Slava Zanko


Major changes since 4.7.0-pre1






The new release can be downloaded at the following URL:

[Aug 4, 2009] Midnight Commander release 4.7.0-pre1!  by Slava Zanko

Download from New development team:

This release incorporates many code refactoring changes, user interface improvements, numerous bugfixes and new features.


Major changes since 4.6.2:

Changes in the core

    * Native UTF-8 support;
    * Support for filename charset selection in panels;
    * Reworked 'Find File' dialog;
    * New unified search/replace engine with multiple search types: plain, wildcard, regexp and hex;
    * Extended 'Learn Keys' capability;
    * Locale-based codepage autodetection;
    * Initial support for Doxygen generated docs;
    * Build system updates (autoconf);
    * Translation updates;
    * Multiple x86_64 fixes.


    * Various editor enhancements (mark/move/copy/paste vertical blocks);
    * Multiple syntax file updates;
    * Source code navigation through ctags/etags TAGS files;
    * New option: 'Persistent selection';
    * Delete/Backspace deletes selected block if 'Persistent selection' is off;
    * Ability to shift blocks to the right with Tab key and to the left with Complete key if 'Persistent selection' is off;
    * Show line numbers (optional);
    * Highlighting of tabs and trailing spaces (optional);
    * Added some hotkeys.


    * Show free space on current file system;
    * Show size of selected files in mini-status bar.


    * Editor undo fixes;
    * Upstreamed many fixes from the distributions;
    * Fixed segfaults on fish permission checks;
    * Fixed fish symlinks handling and fancy names escaping;
    * Various mc.ext fixes;
    * Command line completion fixes (mainly escaping);
    * Small fixes in history handling (locale independent .mc/history entries);
    * Code cleanups, various memleaks fixed (many thanks to valgrind).

[Sep 30, 2010] Total Commander

September 9, 2009: Total Commander 7.50 FINAL is available now! There are many new functions. The most important are:

[Aug 3, 2009] WinSCP Main Window (Commander Interface) by Martin Prikryl.

A very interesting SCP/SFTP client. Since September 2003, WinSCP is also available as a plugin to the FAR file manager.

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Table of Contents  Commander Interface is based on Norton Commander (and similar file managers). A local folder is displayed in the left panel and a remote folder in the right panel. Files are usually transfered between these two folders, though it is possible to transfer files into a different folder. This kind of user interface is also known as Orthodox File Manager.

[Jun 29, 2009] GNOME Commander

GNOME Commander is a fast and powerful graphical file manager. It has a "two-pane" interface in the tradition of Norton and Midnight Commander. It features drag'n'drop, GNOME MIME types, FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV using the GnomeVFS FTP module, SAMBA access, the ability to extend the context menu with entries to call external applications or scripts on the selected items, quick device access buttons with automatic mounting and unmounting, a fast file viewer for text and images, a history of recently accessed folders, and folder bookmarks.

[Jun 22, 2009] AIX 5L Open Source Packages Main - Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander is a visual shell much like a file manager, only with many more features. It is a text mode application, but it also includes mouse support if you are running GPM. Midnight Commander's best features are its ability to FTP, view tar and zip files, and to poke into RPMs for specific files.


Current version: v4.6.1


Source RPM:

[Jun 25, 2009 ] Necromancer's Dos Navigator 2.31.3836

Necromancer's Dos Navigator is a "Norton Commander" clone. It uses a well known text-mode interface, is highly customizable, and has a lot of features. Its key features are a text editor with syntax highlighting, horizontal/vertical blocks, multiple codepages, undo/redo, bookmarks, powerful searching, and regex; a file viewer with text view, asm/dump/hex edit, raw blocks, header viewer, search, regex, and unlimited filesize; a powerful filepanel with higlighting, VFSs, and filefind with textsearch and regex; a calculator; and more.

Changes: The internal desktop version handling was improved. A C interface library was added for future additions. The FTP VFS was enhanced and now also works in DOS. The "External Quick...

[Jun 8, 2009] 6 best orthodox file managers for Linux News TechRadar UK

Depending on when you got started with computers, you've probably used an orthodox file manager. They're zippy, they're often favoured by those who are more comfortable on the command line, and enable you to do more via keyboards than some can do with a mouse.

The interface is made up of two panels, which you can switch between with the Tab key. Norton Commander inspired a whole bunch of orthodox file managers, many of which are still actively developed today.

Anyone who started with Linux in the 90s will have used Midnight Commander. But does it make sense to use it or any of its brethren in the age of multi-core desktops? The answer to that question is a most definite yes.

In the 90s the Linux GUI was a far cry from the present-day Compiz-laced bells and-whistles graphical interfaces and there was no Konqueror and Nautilus. But you didn't use an orthodox file manager just because it was lightweight. You used it because it worked, and with a couple of keystrokes could compress a file, generate an MD5, and copy it across the galaxy.

The modern day OFMs build on that, and can do a lot more. They can still be used with only minimal mouse input, thanks to their extensive keyboard shortcuts. And just because you use them with a keyboard, doesn't mean they all run from the console. And you can easily spot an OFM, since many honour their lineage by including the word 'Commander' somewhere in their name. Ten-hut!

[Apr 6, 2009] lfm -v 2.1

Dec 20, 2008

Lfm and Pyview are written in Python and require curses module. It needs Python v2.3 or higher, it won't work with older versions.

Since version 0.90, lfm needs ncurses >= v5.x to handle terminal resizing.

All modern UNIX flavours (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, etc) should run it without problems. If they appear please notify me.

Note that python curses module should be linked against ncursesw library (instead of ncurses) to get wide characters support. This is the usual case in later versions of Linux distributions, but maybe not the case in older Linux or other UNIX platforms. Thus, expect problems when using multibyte file names (f.e. UTF-8 or latin-1 encoded) if your curses module isn't compiled against ncursesw. Anyway, I hope this issue will disappear with new releases of those platforms, eventually.

Also, take a look at TODO file to see bugs and not-implemented-yet (tm) features.

... ... ...

Last File Manager is a simple but powerful file manager for the UNIX console. Based on curses, it's written in Python.

Some of the features you can find in lfm:

[Apr 3, 2009] TuxArena 10 File Managers for Linux

Addition: GNOME Commander
GNOME Commander is yet another powerful twin-panel file manager for the GNOME desktop environment, with support for Samba networks and FTP. It also has an option to start it as root (the same as gnome-commander or gksukdesu gnome-commander, not recommended though).
Official website

[Feb 3, 2009] Downloads вЂď Midnight Commander

Bug-fix release 4.6.2 is now available.
mc-4.6.2.tar.gz Midnight Commander v4.6.2 md5sum: ec92966f4d0c8b50c344fe901859ae2a

[Feb 2, 2009] Midnight Commander wakes from deep sleep - News - The H Open Source News and Features

The Midnight Commander file manager developers have restarted work on the, once quite popular, file manager for the Linux/Unix console. Midnight Commander was inspired by the famous Norton Commander for DOS. In recent years, there had been no development at all, but now a "Bugfix Release" 4.6.2 has been made available. The new release, as the tag suggests, contains no new features.



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