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The External panelize (shortcut Ctrl-X ! ) allows you to execute an external program, and make the output of that program the contents of the current panel. This is one of the most innovative features in mc, the feature that was not present in earlier OFMs. Here is how dialog box for the command looks like in mc 4.8
For example, if you want to to find all files that you modified today in the current directory you can enter the following command:
find . -type f -mtime 0
You can run it and you can save it by giving it a label.
If you run it, then upon command completion, the panel will contain temporary panel with result of the search, which corresponds to some temp directory created by mc where the files are symbolic links.
You may want to save often used panelize commands under a descriptive names, creating your custom library, so that you can recall them quickly. You do this by typing the command on the input line and pressing Add new button. Then you enter a name under which you want the command to be saved. Next time, you just choose that command from the list and do not have to type it again.
Use this snippet as an external panelize command for midnight commander to display tracker results:tracker-search TEXT_TO_FIND | sed -e 's/file:\/\/\///g' -e 's/ //g' -e 's/Results://' -e '/^$/ d'
Then you can get tracker results in your panel like this:
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