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CLI Tip: Midnight Commander (linux file manager)
Posted on 24 October 2003 06:53 PM
If you are one of the people still trudging around with vi and emacs for your file editing, or are new to editing files via the command line, FutureQuest has something much simpler to use, and it's packed with many features to make your file management on Linux much easier.

If you are familiar with the old Norton Commander for DOS, then you will feel right at home with Midnight Commander. This is really a ***great*** utility... for newbies and power users alike!

At the command-line, type:

You may also use its editor as a stand-alone by typing mcedit filename.xxx -- replacing filename.xxx with the name of the file you would like to edit.

The very first thing (one time only) you will want to do before using Midnight Commander is synchronize your keyboard configuration. After typing mc, press esc-9 and arrow over to the Options pull-down menu. Select learn Keys and follow the directions given.

NOTE: During the keyboard setup process, the [+, -, * keypad (keys)] do not always show as working, but 9 times out of 10 they are. So do not be discouraged if those are the only 3 not showing "OK". Also, be aware that [Function key 11-20] is to be mapped as [shift F1 - shift F10]. The F11 and F12 keys are not used within Midnight Commander.

Midnight Commander is very intuitive. If you would like more information on it, please view their web page at: