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2003 Project details for emelFM2

emelFM2 is the GTK+2 port of emelFM. emelFM2 is a file manager that implements the popular two-pane design. It features a simple GTK+2 interface, a flexible file typing scheme, and a built-in command line for executing commands without opening an xterm.

Release focus: Major feature enhancements

This release introduces the commandbar, a configurable replacement of the former commandline and user button bar. The toolbar is now even more configurable. Several minor bugs have been fixed; e.g., the up/down buttons for tree options now work for rows with children, too. There is a new commandline switch to set the configuration directory.

[contact developer]


by Peter Johnson on Sat Sep 22nd, 2001 at 05:19:15 PM PST UNIX historically didn't have a need for a "dumbed down" graphical interface, as the only people who needed to use systems running UNIX can accomplish much more using the "shell" ( yes, you can get a lot more done a lot faster if your hands never leave the keyboard and you know all of UNIX's archaic commands and regexes instead of pointing and clicking ).

Back in the heyday of Apple, back when they actually gave a damn about usability, back when they were revolutionaries instead of using picture of revolutionaries in their ads, back when Apple was redefining human computer interaction, they spent hundreds of millions on user interface testing. This included multiple studies of keyboarding vs. mousing.

What Apple discovered was that users always report that using the keyboard is faster than using the mouse. The stopwatch, however, always reported that the mouse was faster than the keyboard. See Ask Tog for details.

The reason for this is simple. Remebering utility names, switches and (god forbid) regexes gives the brain a workout. You don't get bored. Dragging the mouse OTOH doesn't take much brainpower at all. So it seems slow, but is actually faster and allows you to focus on what you're doing rather than how you're doing it.

While there are certainly circumstances where the flexibility and power of the various unix utilities combined with pipes and the bourne or korn shells can be a tremendous time saver, for the routine tasks of directory traversal, web browsing, email and word processing and such the gui inteface is faster. It's also easier to learn and use.

Finally, the idea that a graphical user interface is "dumbing down" the computer is laughable. Graphical interfaces are much more complex and require substantially more advanced development disciplines than cmdline utilities or server programs. If you attempt to approach a graphical interface without a sound design and sounder methodologies you end up with excrement. The failure of the *nix community to develop quality GUI environments testifies to a lack of focus and intelligence on the part of the programmers, not the users.
Are you adequate?

[Nov 25, 2003] Total Commander 6.0 for Windows released

Features in Total Commander 6.0 now include :

[Nov 14, 2003] created by Leandro Penz

script type
This is an adaptation of opsplorer (vimscript #362), intended to be more like the Total Comander ( file explorer.

This opens two panels of file explorers on the top half of the vim screen.
Targets for moving and copying defaults to the other panel, like totalcmd. TAB switches between panels.
Vimcommander keys are mostly total commander's:
F3 - view
F4 - edit
F5 - copy
F6 - move
F7 - create dir
F8 - del
Others: C-U, C-Left/C-Right, C-R, BS, DEL, etc.
Selection of files/dirs also works: INS, +, -. Then copy/move/del selected files.

Suggested binding is
noremap <silent> <F11> :cal VimCommanderToggle()<CR>
install details
Drop vimcommander.vim in ~/.vim/plugin
package script version date Vim version user release notes
vimcommander.vim 1.39 2003-11-12 6.0 Leandro Penz Bugfix: move is now working. Alternate keys for C-. Options for the window are saved/restored when entering/exiting.
vimcommander.vim 1.35 2003-11-09 6.0 Leandro Penz Fullscreen. Toggle improved. Selection of files thru <INS>, + and - implemented. Generally more similar to wincmd.


Linux Page ...QtCommander version:0.1.9

QtCommander is a file browser that allows browsing, copying, and deleting files.

[Nov 2, 2003] Friesoft - Software - MC-Burn

MC-Burn is an MC (midnight commander) extension to cdrecord and mkisofs. This way you can use Midnight Commander to copy your files and use mcburn to burn a directory to CD directly from within MC. Another advantage is that it runs in console mode and you don't have to do weird things with SUID'ing cdrecord or start X in rootmode or whatever you sick minds can come up with to get access to the CD-(Re)writer.

Current version is: 0.1b

[Nov 2, 2003] Linux Commander -- Linux Commander is a project started by me (Per Holmфng) in 2000. It's main purpose is to be a stable, fast, highly configurable File manager for the X11 Window System. Linux Commander uses the GTK+ toolkit. Version 0.5.2 - linuxcmd-0.5.2.tar.gz

[Nov 2, 2003] Java File Manager

The Java File Manager  is a program written entirely in java that looks like  Windows Commander.   Although Windows Commander can be run under linux (using wine) ,
 I thought that is better to have the same utility under every OS  that I use .

[Nov 2, 2003] Index of -~hiaer-projects

An ISO CD image virtual filesystem plug-in for Midnight Commander.

[Nov 2, 2003] emacs at evening commander

warning: evening commander does not work with xemacs!

evening commander (ec/ec.el, gzipped version ec/ec.el.gz) is a midnight commander like file manager for emacs. this is version 0.96b4 (file revision 1.18). this is a beta version. there are some notes inside the file. please have a look at them first. there is still a whole lot todo! please contact me if you have some suggestions or bug reports. please include the file revision in your comments. thanx. the ec/ChangeLog is still empty (since this is the inital announcement). there is also a (list of bugs). licence: gpl (gnu general public licence, see

if you want to have a working and better norton commander clone, try

[Nov 2, 2003]  cooled homepage   by Steve Grundell

cooled is a modified version of the editor that comes with The Midnight Commander, CoolEdit. It features syntax highlighting, user-friendly key bindings, menus, and mouse support.

steve_ [contact developer]

[Nov 2, 2003] Index of -ce

CE is another clone of the ncurses-based editor that comes with the Midnight Commander (cooledit). Its main feature is simplicity. You don't have to learn lots of key shortcuts; in order to write text, you just have to type it on the keyboard. While preserving all the original cooledit features (like syntax highlighting or gpm mouse support), ECe offers a few useful enhancements: the ability to work with many files, reconfigurable keys and menus, tab-completion in file dialogs, friendlier default color scheme, and more.

mteg [contact developer]

[Nov 2, 2003] Dark Commander for Linux

Dark Commander is a Norton Commander clone which runs under the X environment. You will find useful information about Dark Commander on this site, like how to install and run Dark Commander. It's written in Object Pascal (Delphi). Dark Commander is released under the GPL Version 2.

Thanks for visiting Dark Commander's homepage :)

-Helge "DarkFame" Ingvoldstad, 7th June 2003

[Nov 2, 2003]  Midnight Commander 4.1.X-MP  by Oleg "Olegarch" Konovalov

Midnight Commander 4.1.X-MP

The goal of this project is creating a stable, well-working, usefull console-only version of well-known Midnight Commander, without bugs and garbage, like tk, xv and gnome. I'm bored waiting for bugfixes, and A'rpi's ESP team stops their work in this direction too, so I did it. I'm fixing all (found) bugs, reported by my friends, and made some really pleasent new features, like real-time clock, or filegroups colorizing.

Why is it an alternate version of mc, instead applying patches to main mc project?

The original mc is now about v4.6.x, with more and more bugs, "monster from the console" grows more and more, and now it has some very bad structural changes, tons of garbage code, and finally - there is no possibilities to compile it without some X parts, like Glib.

When I use linux - i want to use fast and powerfull console file manager, and I like mc 4.1.x series much better: it has well-designed structures, easy to add new features.

Btw. I back-ported some of new usefull things appeared in 4.5.x and 4.6.x, make some fixes, catch some memory leaks, and so on... - README gave you more information about it.

[Nov 2, 2003] GNOME Commander 1.1.0  Version 1.1.0 released

About: GNOME Commander is file manager aimed at people who want a fast and efficient file manager. The program can currently perform most common file operations, and will detect changes to files caused by other programs and update its views without the need for the user to manually reload. The program also supports Copy and Paste, DND and MIME. The program has some basic FTP support through GnomeVFS, but it's not very good. It's good enough to download/upload files, but lacks more advanced functions, like issuing SITE commands.

[Oct 21, 2003]  Uzilla HCI Collection and ( HCI) and ( GUI)

47 at 1.0   HCI  GUI
    This study investigates the selection of an item from two styles of list boxes. The drop-down box and multi-column box are two user interface components that are frequently used in the Windows 95/NT 4.0 user interface. Our results indicate that the multi-column list approach yields a faster user response time as well as reduced error rates.
Why technical writers have gotta love Microsoft's Inductive User Interface 

55 at 1.0   HCI  GUI
Why technical writers have gotta love Microsoft's Inductive User Interface by Janice Carlson In early 2001, Microsoft issued a technical article describing their Inductive User Interface guidelines. What's an inductive user interface? The Inductive User Interface model starts from the premise that software is hard to use.
Mnemonics in Graphical User Interfaces   
54 at 1.0   HCI  GUI
As regards the future design of graphic interfaces [7], a knowledge of mnemonics is useful in particular with respect to "cognitive tools", which fulfill their intended purpose only when the user brings his own knowledge and intelligence to bear.   [8] Structure is meant here to mean several concepts of networks: An information network involves organizing and designing information so as to help users access the contents; communicative networks define flows of information between ...

[Oct 20, 2003] Portos Commander (Pcmm)   by Tom Potrusil QT-based  file manager for Linux for KDE.

Portos Commander (Pcmm) is a Linux file manager for KDE 3.x. It is patterned after old-school managers like Midnight Commander and Norton Commander. It features basically all your file-management needs, file searcher, internal viewer, URL database, ftp...

[Oct 3, 2003] Project Info - AVFS A Virtual Filesystem

AVFS is a system, which enables all programs to look inside gzip, tar, zip, etc. files or view remote (ftp, http, dav, etc.) files, without recompiling the programs.

[Oct 2, 2003] F: Freeware Multi-platform File Manager  Looks like development is stalled. Last update: July 7th, 2001. Still the list of platforms suggest that this is the most portable OFM file manager: even VM/CMS is supported ;-) Some interesting integration features: ring of files in viewer and editor (sharing the history of accessed files) and huge amount of plug-ins.

[Sept 25, 2003] Work on the OFM Standard 2004 started. This will be a substantial update of the older OFM  Standard 1999.  Please send your comments and suggestions.

Gram's Commander v3.3 scriptable OFM that uses a language called GCScript. A version for AIX can be found at

AIX PDSLIB Package gc

       gc3 - Gram's Commander v3.3

       gc3 [ flags ] [ <path1> [ <path2> ] ]

       gc3 is a general-purpose, programmable file manager for UNIX and MS-DOS, similar in
       nature to the well-known DOS file manager `Norton Commander'.

       When started up, gc3 presents the user with two windows  containing  lists  of  the
       files  in  the directories specified by the path arguments, and two windows showing
       information about each of these paths. Each file list window has  an  arrow  shaped
       cursor  which  points  at  one  of  the  file  names. Further information about the
       pointed-at file is also shown in the information window. The  bottom  line  of  the
       screen is a one- line borderless command window for entering commands. This is also
       where error messages are displayed, and where gc3 commands can prompt for input.

       If a path argument(s) is missing, the current directory is used for  the  left-hand
       window,  while  the  path  for the right hand window will be the directory that was
       current when you last executed gc3.  This is  determined  from  the  initialisation
       file .gc3ini which also saves the last known value of options and variable settings
       upon exit.  gc3 searches for the initialisation path in the directory specified  by
       the $GCPATH environment variable. If this is not set the $HOME environment variable
       is used instead.

       The user can move through the file list with the cursor keys,  and  select/deselect
       files. Various actions are possible upon either the current file (namely the one at
       which the cursor is positioned) or upon the set of selected files  in  that  direc-

       gc3  supports  a number of commands. The actual commands may vary from site to site
       (or from user to user). To find out the list of commands that gc3 supports at  your
       site, press the help key (usually H ).

       The  behaviour  of  gc3 is determined by a script file written in a language called
       GCScript.  Full details of the script files and how to configure gc3 can  be  found
       in  the  documentation  files  that  accompany the registered gc3 package. The file
       USER.DOC also contains considerably more detailed information about using gc3  than  this manual entry does.

muCommander a cross-platform file manager -- Java OFM

muCommander is a cross-platform file manager. It features a Norton Commander style interface and runs on any OS supporting the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, Linux, *BSD...).

Current version is 0.5.

[Sept 19, 2003] Frigate  A very interesting competitor of  Total Commander with some bias toward graphic. A very nice refined graphic interface (probably programmed in Delphi). It beats Total Commander in one important area: it supports regular expressions, but it does not support Xtree "flat" VFS (Ctrl-B in Total Commander).  For some strange reason command line tends to disappear and you need to press Alt-Tab to get it back.  Frigate has a powerful HTML viewer.  It is supported in three versions:

Here is some info from the developers site:

Several handy utilities are bundled with the product: Quick Launch, StartUp Manager, TreeNotes, SmartPad and Calculator, not to mention a built-in graphics viewer (with thumbnails and slideshow view functions) that internally supports many popular file formats, as well as built-in text, rich text and DBF files viewer and editor.

  • 15.09.2003 Version 3.20 has been released!

      New potentialities:

    • [+] Write files on CD
    • [+] Try regular expressions in Search
    • [+] Enjoy Quick View in thumbnail view
    • [+] Use Slide show
  • 28.07.2003 Version 3.19 has been released!
    • [+] Added Access files view
    • [+] Added Ftp search
    • [+] Added Excel edit and view without using Excel Application
    • [+] Added Paragraph alignment in Text Editor (Alt+J)
    • [+] Now you can also search in DBF files using Search dialogue
    • [+] Added Spanish and Polish languages
  • 02.06.2003 Version 3.18 has been released!
    • [+] Added plugin MultiRename files
    • [+] Added Edit mode in Ctrl+Q
    • [+] Added Favorites in internal IE
    • [+] Spell checking supports office 97/2000 now
    • [+] Method navigator supports CSS now
    • [+] Added AVI viewer
  • 16.05.2003 Version 3.17 has been released!
    • [+] Improved work with Total Commander plugins
    • [+] Improved sync folders
    • [+] You can compare files in Ftp and archives
    • [-] Fixed work with icons
  • [Sept 18, 2003] Last File Manager

    Last File Manager - lfm - is a mc-type application written in python.
    (C) 2001-2, Iņigo Serna - inigoserna at
    This software has been realised under the GPL License, see the COPYING file that comes with this package. There is NO WARRANTY.

    New version 0.9 - 2002/09/05 Project Info - Curses File Manager

    [Sept 17, 2003] fmweb - the universal web-based file manager

    fmweb is a web-based filemanger 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 or HTTPS. 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.
    fmweb is a multi-user application, for each user a "document root" can be defined.
    fmweb's picture browsing and manipulation functions allow to use it as a web picture album.
    fmweb can be used by webspace providers to give the users simple access to their files.
    This latest version has been tested on Linux, Windows/NT, Windows 2000 and SUN Solaris. Previous versions also worked on AIX and OS/2 and the new version should work on these platforms too.

    [Sept 17, 2003] Java File Manager 0.5

    About: JFM is an Windows Commander, Krusader, MC, Norton Comander, etc. clone, but written entirely in Java. It has no native parts, and is intended to remain that way. You can use the same file manager in every OS that you run, not having to get used to a new file manager when you boot a new OS.

    [Sept 17, 2003] Index of -tcl-ftparchive-sorted-packages-7.6-apps-xmc -- interesting student project. could serve as a prototype for your own development due to its simplicity. Try to fix bugs like RWX permissions displays first.  for more advanced TCL-based filemanagers see TCL file managers.

    This package (?) contains 2 files :
    1) xmc
    2) README

    Xmc is X Minek Commander - Norton Commander clone running on X. It's written in Tcl/Tk.
    I tested it on Linux, Tcl 7.4 and Tk 4.0. This package (?) doesn't contain Tcl or Tk, so you have to install it yourself. The best place to get it, should be :
    Most of Linux installations have it already installed. Wish, or link to wish, is supposed to be located at /usr/bin, if your wish is elsewhere, please change first line in xmc. Xmc could be located where you want, but I think the best place is /usr/local/bin.

    It's just a first version, I spend 13 hours on it. Next versions are expected very soon. Menu, except a few options, is not working yet, although generally this program can be useful. I don't know why, but file attributes are not read correctly by my Tcl, so RWX permissions are always displayed.

    I just started with Tcl/Tk, and this program is just result of my learning. I used some code (just a little bit...) from the book "Practical Programming in Tcl/Tk" written by Brent Welch. This is a very good book, although I paid for it 50.95 $CAN.

    Please let me know, if you have something interesting to say.


    [email protected]

    [Sept 17, 2003] Fedot

     * *Fedot* Copyright 1997  Mike Fedotov, [email protected]
     * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute, this software and its
     * documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that
     * the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that
     * copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting
     * documentation, and that the name of the copyright holders be used in
     * advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the software with
     * specific, written prior permission, and that no fee is charged for further
     * distribution of this software, or any modifications thereof.  The copyright
     * holder make no representations about the suitability of this software for
     * any purpose.  It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.

    0) What is Fedot ?
    Fedot is simple , writed on Tcl/Tk, file manipulation tool. It is similar to GIT ( Gnu Interactive Tool ) or Midnight Commander. It is not so powerful as they, but realize, i hope, all main necessary operations.
    Using Fedot you can copy, move, delete file in very simple way.You can run executable file only by pressing <Return> key. You can associate extension of file with some action ( run specific command ).
    Why is "Fedot"? Fedot is an old Russain name, which is not often used in  our time.

    1) What do you need to use Fedot.

    You need packages Tcl/Tk installed on you machine. You need Tcl/Tk shell like tclshell or wish.

    2) Installation

    You need the folowing files:

    Fedot.tcl  - main tcl script - help information ( very brief )
    Fedot.conf - Configuration file - Menu file ( You may define commands which can be executed
         by choosing menu item )
    Fedot.ext  - Extension association file.
    Fedot.rscr - File used for running scripts from Fedot. ( If scripts opens
         terminal and direct output to it, then after ending work of
         scripts terminal immediately end work too ( And you can't see
         results produced by script).  Fedot.rscr file prevents it
         ( It simply wait for pressing <Return> key).
    Before you install Fedot, you should modify some files and you should set some variable:

    Fedot.conf      - Set you favourite editor, terminal, fonts, path to Fedot files, initial directories.
    Fedot.tcl       - Set path to you Tcl/Tk shell ( tclshell or wish )
      ( This is the first line of file. Warning: this path
      on some system can't be longer that 32 symbols)

    Variables TIX_LIBRARY ( or TCL_LIBRARY or TK_LIBRARY - it depends on your
    Tcl shell ) should be setted to directory with Tcl/Tk libraries. You may try
    set all these variables. You also should set FEDOT_PATH variable to
    directory, where placed Fedot files. ( This variable is uses to find file
    Fedot.conf. If in this file you may define another path to Fedot files.
    Fedot will use last definition. )

    3) As the Tcl/Tk is interpreted language you may run Fedot:
    /path_to_wish/wish /path_to_fedot/Fedot.tcl
    ( in the case if your Tcl/Tk shell is "wish" ) and see how it work.
    ( I hope - without problem - :) - )

    4) Additions.
    I use Fedot under HP-UX and don't port it to any other platforms,
    on which Tcl/Tk package is present, but hope that it will not be
    a problem to use Fedot on other platforms.
    When you editing Fedot.conf, and Fedot.ext file
    don't forget about following: beetween option, colon and command
    empty spaces is not allowed.

    User Menu: No problems with X11 programs, but if you shall use Menu for
    running scripts or terminal-oriented program some difficulties is possible.
    The problem is the following - If scripts opens terminal and direct output
    to it, then after ending work of scripts terminal immediately end work
    too. ( And you can't see results produced by script). Therefore you may use
    Fedot.rscr file to prevents ending work terminal. In other word you may
    <Menu Item>:<Terminal_name> -e <Path to Fedot>/Fedot.rscr <Name of script>
    ( instead simply:<Menu Item>:<Term_name> -e <Name of command or script>).

    I write Fedot not as a serious work but as a testing example for studing
    Tcl/Tk. Therefore it may seem not so user-friendly or powerful as
    other tools. But I think that it is a compromise beetween simplicity and

    May be somtimes you will see Tcl dialog boxes with something like that
    "Error in Tcl script". Don't worry, press "Ok". I had not  intention to
    avoid all possibilities of appearing these messages. But they are NOT an
    error. They are not destructive. ( Of course, it is possible to avoid these
    messages. But it is a  big work which improve only interface but not
    functionality ).

    [Sept 16, 2003] KCommander

    For those, who know the Windows Commander there is nothing to explain. Largely speaking, it is the ultimate tool, not only for file management. We donīt know anything like this, in the whole Linux world. (anyhow not with KDE Front-end)

    A highlight would be the automatic (un-)mounting of dynamic drives like CD-Rom or Floppy.  Furthermore all the points you want configurable can be changed to satisfy different tasts. You can handle packed archives like normal lists. And so on ...

    [Sept 16, 2003] Project Info - Not A Commander file manager for X11 modeled after the Norton Commander(tm). by Sergey Babkin <[email protected]> TCL-based.

    [Sept 16, 2003] tkmc-4.1.35-3.sparc RPM -- old hat ;-)

    [Sept 16, 2003] X File Explorer - A file manager for X

    X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued,X Win Commander, which was developed by Maxim Baranov. Xfe aims to be the file manager of choice for all the Unix addicts!

    Why another file manager?

    Yes, that's a good question. Why another file manager when the excellent Konqueror or Nautilus exist on Linux systems? The answer is quite simple : these file managers are very good, features rich and look wonderful, but they are like a brontosaurus when you are a console addict and only want to copy some files or delete it. Another problem is that they require either the whole Gnome or KDE desktops to be installed on your system!
    On the contrary, Xfe is small, very rapid and only requires the FOX library to be fully functional. It can be launched from the command line in a fraction of second, and can efficiently complete the set of command line tools.
    I use it in my everyday work and since I find it useful, perhaps others may find it so!

    2xExplorer home page by  Nikos Bozinis,

    2x Explorer - User Opinions -

    Great tool. Xplorer2 is even better!!"
    Xplorer2 is the new development from Nikos Bozinis, the creator of 2xExplorer. It is still in alpha phase, but very usable none the less! If you are not afraid of alpha versions, it is to prefer over the obsolete 2xExplorer

    Exactly what i needed... Great, Great, Great !!!!"
    Great piece of software, flexible, powerful and easy to use, It was exactly was I was looking for, and is free !!!. From my point of view better than Total Commander. Thanks Nikos.

    I was using Windows Commander, but I got rid of it because I thought 2xExplorer was quite much better... Though I miss the zips as directories, the rest is very good. One of the best exploring programs.

    Re Norton Commander

    ...FAR for win32 is amazing in windows through decent telnet server. The telnet support (yes, telnet, no ssh) that comes with MS Terminal Services is a pure joke. alt barely working, function keys not working, lack of color/font differentiation support. blah.

    Anyways, thanks for the tip, will check FAR again, however I have grown really accustomed to Christian Ghistler's commander (Windows Commander).  I am quietly waiting to gain knowledge on how to get my mc behave more and more like wincmd which I am in love. Simple things which speed jobs easily.:

    - [alt][f1/2] to get a list of mounts points, and be able to jump to them [backspace] go one dir back if cursor not in command line

    - [alt][\] go root of drive or root of mount point etc, etc, etc... 

    Just joined so I assume answers will popup oneday, couldnt find on google last time I looked, but that was long long time ago.

    [Aug 8 2003] Hard to beat the Norton Commander clones      
    by Anonymous Reader on 2003.08.10 18:50 (#63945)

    They keep trying, but its just hard to beat the functionality and ease of use of any of the commander clones out there. When I switched from windows, the first app I looked for was a file manager. Having never used norton commander and nothing but explorer (and the command line) I found a bunch of commander clones. My favorite is FileRunner. Set your source and destination panes, select some files, click on move. Blam! Doesn't get better than that. Those trying to improve on the explorer metaphor don't realize -- Explorer sucks! Norton had it right to start with, and nothing has changed since then.

    [Sept 12, 2003] XNC 5.0:

    X Northern captain has many additional features since 5.0.0 version:

    [Sept 10, 2003] Some new names (and sometimes new is a forgotten old ;-)

    Powerful but an easy to use file manager -- a good replacement of Windows
    Explorer or Norton Commander. Besides usual file management (copy/move/delete
    etc), it contains built-in viewer for 9 most-popular graphic formats, and 11 sound/music
    format, as well as video clips ( Microsoft AVI). In addition, it supports all compressed
    files like zip, arj, rar etc (showing them as regular folders), has the SysInfo panel,
    internet dialer, clipboard viewer, calculator, audio CD player, and resource explorer.
    As a bonus, the program contains two simple games (tetris-like one, and Life).
    Multi-language support is also there (now available: English, Italian, Polish, Russian,
    Czech, Hungarian, Spanish, Lithuanian, German, Romanian, Dutch, Chinese, Ukrainian)

    The award winning Magellan Explorer file manager is the fastest and easiest way to manage your files, whether on your local hard drive or across the Internet.

    You can publish your web pages, download and open Zip files, and view pictures. All within a single, easy-to-use, attractive package.

    Whether you prefer dual window layout of Norton Commander or are more familiar with Windows Explorer you will feel right at home as Magellan Explorer can be customized to fit your needs.

    Magellan Explorer comes with a built archiver client with support for ZIP, ACE, RAR, LHA, CAB and ARJ. It sports an easy to use multi threaded FTP client capable of background downloads and there’s even an easy to use image viewer with support for more than 10 popular image formats including JPEG and PNG.

    [June 14, 2003] macosxhints - Shell-based file and directory manager  

    [June 14, 2003] deco now is a project on Sourceforge and the current version is 3.9 (March 6, 2001), not 3.83  See Project Info - Demos Commander

    Demos Commander is a great shell utility for directory browsing and file management including viewing, copying, editing, and moving. This is a Unix app similar to Norton Commander for DOS. You can find the source for it at:

    Mike Stolove
    Toronto, Canada

    [Editor's note: I downloaded and installed this package, and it does exactly what Mike claims - it brought back instant memories of working in the the Norton DOS Commander back in the early 1980's! If you dislike typing 'mv' and 'cp' commands in the shell, this is a great utility! Read the rest of the article for full installation instructions. You'll need to have the dev tools installed.]

    [UPDATE: I've made a pre-compiled binary version available on my home page for those that don't have the dev tools or don't want to muck around with compiling. Read the rest of the article for the brief instructions to get the pre-compiled binary working.]

    To compile from source

    1. Using the above link to the source FTP site, download the file to a directory of your choice, and then 'cd' into that directory.
    2. Expand the file by first typing gzip -d deco383.tgz followed by tar -xvf deco383.tar. This should create a new directory called deco383.
    3. Type cd deco383 to move into the new directory.
    4. Type sudo ./configure and enter your admin password.
    5. Type sudo make (you shouldn't need the password again). This will create a binary executable called deco.
    6. Move the deco executable to the /usr/local/bin directory by typing sudo mv deco /usr/local/bin/deco.

    To install the pre-compiled binary

    1. Download the deco.tar binary and let Expander expand the file, which will create deco.
    2. Make sure the deco file is somewhere you can easily get at it from the terminal; I'll assume it's in your ~/Documents directory. Open a terminal and type cd ~/Documents.
    3. Type sudo mv deco /usr/local/bin/deco.
    4. Type cd /usr/local/bin.
    5. We'll now set the owner/group for the new program by typing sudo chown root deco and then sudo chgrp wheel deco.

    Exit the shell and start a new one (or type rehash) and then type deco to run the program. Once you're certain it's working, you can go back to the source directory and delete all the files if you compiled from source.

    Since Terminal doesn't emulate keyboard funtion keys very well, use ESC-N where N is the number of the funtion key you want. To exit the program, hit ESC twice. Aside from that it works like a charm.

    [Editor's note: The only problem I had with it was that it seemed to change the virtual size of my SSH terminal window; simply resizing the window borders fixed the problem, though. This did NOT occur when I ran it locally, so it appears to be a bug in the SSH client I'm using from OS 9.]

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