May the source be with you, but remember the KISS principle ;-)
Home Switchboard Unix Administration Red Hat TCP/IP Networks Neoliberalism Toxic Managers
(slightly skeptical) Educational society promoting "Back to basics" movement against IT overcomplexity and  bastardization of classic Unix

OFM Bulletin, Vol 14 (2010)

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 Archives

Total Commander 7.55a

Features in Total Commander 7.55a now include : June 17, 2010: Total Commander 7.55 is now available for download. The most important new functions are: September 9, 2009: Total Commander 7.50 FINAL is available now! There are many new functions. The most important are:

[Sep 21, 2010]   Pseudo-graphic border in MC problem

LANG=C mc  That tip helps if you are using teraterm as emulator

> Please, a small question - I made the new installation (FC3, KDE)
> and run MC (the great SW!!). Everything works, except that borders on
> the panels are drawn by 'a umlaut' instead of pseudo-graphic (lines)

This is a locale and termcap issue which I do not fully understand.
Fortunately I do know a workaround. :) Use this:
to start mc.

[Jul 26, 2010]  Getting Midnight Commander line drawing to work with PuTTY

When using Midnight Commander with the default settings of PuTTY connected to my Ubuntu Linux machine the line drawing characters are all messed up.

After some experimentation it turns out that to fix it all you have to do is change your character set in PuTTY to UTF-8 and the problem is fixed. To do this open up the PuTTY settings and go to Window->Translation->Received data assumed to be in which character set: and change it to UTF-8.

After making this change you might have to force a redraw of the mc screen to show the new line drawing characters:

Also not that some fonts might not have the line drawing characters available. The fonts I know work is Courier New and Lucida Console. To change your font go to Window->Appearance, Font settings and click the Change button.

For reference, I was using using Midnight Commander 4.6.1 running on Ubuntu 7.10 and using PuTTY 0.59

[Jun 26, 2010]   Worker  by Ralf Hoffmann.

Written in C++, Licensed under GPL.

Worker is a file manager for the X Window System with the classical two panel interface. It features a fully graphical configuration, while still allowing manual editing of the configuration file without the need to restart Worker.

Any external program can be integrated easily into the GUI using buttons, hotkeys, and file type actions. Worker uses file recognition by file content or by filename extension (or both). Different actions with completely configurable commands can be assigned to each file type.


[May 26, 2010]   Gnome Commander Whips Files Into Shape by Jack M. Germain

04/28/10 | LinuxInsider

A few features built into Gnome Commander are not typically found in other Linux file managers. For example, you can extend the mouse context menu to call any external application to work on selected files or directories.

This includes viewers, editors or custom scripts. GC does not have its own viewer modules. Instead, it taps into system apps. For instance, it opens a text file in the installed application such as gEdit or OpenOffice Writer. It opens a photo file with the Gnome Image Viewer.

I particularly like the Quick Device access buttons. With most Linux distros, you have to manually mount external media like external drives, USB devices and cameras. GC does automatic mounting and unmounting. Like the FTP feature, auto mount is one more plus in the convenience factor that GC provides.

Other Goodies

Power users can easily drool over the feature set included in Gnome Commander. Some of the additional power user tools include the ability to view the latest accessed folder history and SAMBA access.

Folder bookmarks are cool. It takes just one click to add any file or folder location to a list of bookmark list. It takes just one click to jump to any bookmarked location.

The searching tools are fast. This makes is quick and simple to do file name searches in the current directory and symlinking.

Something I wish were available in more apps I use is the ability to do advanced renaming of files. GC does this with support for various types of meta-data.

Archiving Absent

Earlier versions of Gnome Commander lacked a built-in browser fro compressed files. That same weakness exists in the latest version, released on Feb. 14. This is a serious oversight for an otherwise excellent file manager.

But there is a work-around. Download and install File Roller. [*Correction - April 28, 2010] Then open the options dialog and go to the Programs tab.

From there you can add setting to allow GC to handle archives. See the settings here and here. Once done, you can right click on any file or folder and choose Create archive.

This is not a big deal. So I wonder why the GC developers have not yet gotten around to building this directly into the current release so users do not have to deal with tweaking.

Useful Utility

Keeping track of available storage space can be an annoyance in Linux. Gnome commander helps to remedy this situation. It shows the amount of free space for the storage devices displayed in the panel. So I can tell at a glance how much space remains on the hard drive and the USB drive, for example.

The GC file manager also uses the function keys. This is something that Linux apps typically fail to do. Along the bottom of the app window is the function key list.

Some of these functions work on the highlighted file name. Others execute for the active directory. For example, the F3 key calls up the file viewer for the highlighted file. The F7 key makes a directory. Other commands are: F4-Edit, F5-Copy, F6-Move, F8-Delete, F9-Search and F10-Quit.

[May 23, 2010] File Commander by Brian Havard

FC is one of the oldest and most respected OFM. It's great the development is now active again...
The development is no longer "stalled".. v2.30 has been released (not just beta) and v2.40 is well under way. The status of v2.40 is described at

Along with Windows version versions for Red Hat, Suse and Ubuntu are available.

Changes with File Commander 2.40

  1. Add command line file name completion with Ctrl-TAB.
  2. Add support for 7zip format archives.
  3. Support !include in syntax definition file.
  4. Scroll back function to view console program output beyond the current
         window (Ctrl-B).
  5. File information dialog (Ctrl-I) showing detailed file meta-data.
  6. File Find: Added field to specify the code page used when searching files
         for the "Containing" string.
  7. Copy/Move: Add ability to specify overwrite mode in the initial dialog so
         that you don't have to wait for the first collision to occur.
  8. Add !lf operator to provide a list of tagged files with their full path.
  9. Add ability to remove an entry from command history with Delete key.
  10. Creation & deletion of symbolic links/junctions (Linux,Windows).
  11. Some improvements to Change Case function's Mixed mode.
  12. Display the target of symbolic links (Linux) and junctions (Windows).
  13. Viewer and Editor support for Unicode text files.
  14. Syntax highlighting in the viewer.
  15. Win64 port.
  16. Linux port.
  17. Use Unicode for all file names on Windows & Linux.
  18. Change the search match highlight colour in the viewer from "Menu Bar" to
         "Highlight" which is consistent with the editor and more sensible.
  19. Support includes in user menu files.

[May 22, 2010] 6 best orthodox file managers for Linux News TechRadar UK By Mayank Sharma

June 8, 2009 |

Orthodox file managers have been around forever, and have evolved from simple CLI-only utilities for moving and renaming files to comprehensive file commandeering tools that'll give many modern GUI file managers a run for their money.

The top two contenders reflect this transition, but ironically neither carries the trademark 'Commander' moniker. At the expense of being krucified by the Krusader users, we'll offer the top spot to EmelFM2.

Feature-for-feature you can do more with Krusader, but a fully-loaded app isn't always the best. Krusader is deeply integrated into KDE, which is good for KDE users, but what about the rest?

On the other hand, EmelFM2 just needs GTK, and works well both in Gnome and KDE. The biggest issue with EmelFM2 is that it doesn't have a virtual filesystem to connect to Samba and NFS shares, but on the bright side this helps keep the dependency list to a minimum.

Midnight Commander is like Slackware – you don't recommend it to new users, and those that are using it, would never use anything else.

Gnome Commander is a good option for Gnome users, but it relies on a deprecated piece of technology. The Gnome Commander developers also have a few plumbing issues to fix in their documentation and offer more control to keyboardies. If you are using Gnome (or not) and need to rename lots of files borrowing data from their metadata, there's no better way to go about it than with Gnome Commander.

Then there's Beesoft Commander, which is light in both size and features. If it does everything you need to do, you aren't doing enough!

Finally we have MuCommander, which relies on Java for cross-platform support and runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows, and even your web browser. It's a good tool for new Linux arrivals, but it lacks documentation, and forces users to modify XML files to edit keyboard bindings and change menus. What's going on here?

So there you have it. KDE-only users should use Krusader. If you hop distros, or don't really care which desktop you use, go for EmelFM2.

[May 2, 2010]   beesoft commander

beesoft software

Author: Piotr Pszczolkowski
Status: Stable release
Version: 4.1.0 and 2.27
Licence: GNU GPL
Dependencies: Qt 4.3.2 and Qt 3.x

Beesoft Commander is a two-panel file manager (like Norton Commander) for Linux. He are using a Qt GUI-library.
Exists two versions of the program.
The version 2.27 using old version of Qt library (3.x) and the version 4.x using the current one.
User have possibility to use followed operations:

[May 1, 2010] Midnight Commander 4.7.2



Diff viewer

[Mar 1, 2010] Midnight Commander 4.7.1

Major changes since





[Feb 28, 2010] muCommander 0.8.5

muCommander is a cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface that features support for FTP, SFTP, SMB, NFS, HTTP, Bonjour/Zeroconf, email attachments, archives in many formats (including Zip, RAR, 7z, GZip, Tar, Bzip2, ISO, NRG, AR, Deb, and LST), bookmarks, credential management, themes, multiple windows, full keyboard control, and many configuration options. It is available in 23 languages.

28 Feb 2010 New features include support for Amazon S3 and Hadoop HDFS, and many improvements, optimizations, and bugfixes.

13 Nov 2009 A keyboard shortcuts editor, a command bar editor, support for 7z files, merge/split file functionality. Migrated the codebase to Java 1.5 ; Java 1.4 is no longer supported.

13 Nov 2009 native RAR archive support

18 Apr 2008: New features include support for Amazon S3 and Hadoop HDFS, and many improvements, optimizations, and bugfixes.

05 Dec 2007 This release adds a bookmark filesystem to navigate bookmarks,



Groupthink : Two Party System as Polyarchy : Corruption of Regulators : Bureaucracies : Understanding Micromanagers and Control Freaks : Toxic Managers :   Harvard Mafia : Diplomatic Communication : Surviving a Bad Performance Review : Insufficient Retirement Funds as Immanent Problem of Neoliberal Regime : PseudoScience : Who Rules America : Neoliberalism  : The Iron Law of Oligarchy : Libertarian Philosophy


War and Peace : Skeptical Finance : John Kenneth Galbraith :Talleyrand : Oscar Wilde : Otto Von Bismarck : Keynes : George Carlin : Skeptics : Propaganda  : SE quotes : Language Design and Programming Quotes : Random IT-related quotesSomerset Maugham : Marcus Aurelius : Kurt Vonnegut : Eric Hoffer : Winston Churchill : Napoleon Bonaparte : Ambrose BierceBernard Shaw : Mark Twain Quotes


Vol 25, No.12 (December, 2013) Rational Fools vs. Efficient Crooks The efficient markets hypothesis : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2013 : Unemployment Bulletin, 2010 :  Vol 23, No.10 (October, 2011) An observation about corporate security departments : Slightly Skeptical Euromaydan Chronicles, June 2014 : Greenspan legacy bulletin, 2008 : Vol 25, No.10 (October, 2013) Cryptolocker Trojan (Win32/Crilock.A) : Vol 25, No.08 (August, 2013) Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : Inequality Bulletin, 2009 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Copyleft Problems Bulletin, 2004 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Energy Bulletin, 2010 : Malware Protection Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 26, No.1 (January, 2013) Object-Oriented Cult : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2011 : Vol 23, No.11 (November, 2011) Softpanorama classification of sysadmin horror stories : Vol 25, No.05 (May, 2013) Corporate bullshit as a communication method  : Vol 25, No.06 (June, 2013) A Note on the Relationship of Brooks Law and Conway Law


Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds  : Larry Wall  : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting Languages : Perl history   : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history

Classic books:

The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Hater’s Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite

Most popular humor pages:

Manifest of the Softpanorama IT Slacker Society : Ten Commandments of the IT Slackers Society : Computer Humor Collection : BSD Logo Story : The Cuckoo's Egg : IT Slang : C++ Humor : ARE YOU A BBS ADDICT? : The Perl Purity Test : Object oriented programmers of all nations : Financial Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : The Most Comprehensive Collection of Editor-related Humor : Programming Language Humor : Goldman Sachs related humor : Greenspan humor : C Humor : Scripting Humor : Real Programmers Humor : Web Humor : GPL-related Humor : OFM Humor : Politically Incorrect Humor : IDS Humor : "Linux Sucks" Humor : Russian Musical Humor : Best Russian Programmer Humor : Microsoft plans to buy Catholic Church : Richard Stallman Related Humor : Admin Humor : Perl-related Humor : Linus Torvalds Related humor : PseudoScience Related Humor : Networking Humor : Shell Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2012 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2013 : Java Humor : Software Engineering Humor : Sun Solaris Related Humor : Education Humor : IBM Humor : Assembler-related Humor : VIM Humor : Computer Viruses Humor : Bright tomorrow is rescheduled to a day after tomorrow : Classic Computer Humor

The Last but not Least Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand ~Archibald Putt. Ph.D

Copyright © 1996-2021 by Softpanorama Society. was initially created as a service to the (now defunct) UN Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) without any remuneration. This document is an industrial compilation designed and created exclusively for educational use and is distributed under the Softpanorama Content License. Original materials copyright belong to respective owners. Quotes are made for educational purposes only in compliance with the fair use doctrine.

FAIR USE NOTICE This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to advance understanding of computer science, IT technology, economic, scientific, and social issues. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided by section 107 of the US Copyright Law according to which such material can be distributed without profit exclusively for research and educational purposes.

This is a Spartan WHYFF (We Help You For Free) site written by people for whom English is not a native language. Grammar and spelling errors should be expected. The site contain some broken links as it develops like a living tree...

You can use PayPal to to buy a cup of coffee for authors of this site


The statements, views and opinions presented on this web page are those of the author (or referenced source) and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, the opinions of the Softpanorama society. We do not warrant the correctness of the information provided or its fitness for any purpose. The site uses AdSense so you need to be aware of Google privacy policy. You you do not want to be tracked by Google please disable Javascript for this site. This site is perfectly usable without Javascript.

Last modified: March 12, 2019