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vifm: Fast, lightweight, old school file manager

Sep 09, 2010, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Recently I have been covering some of the lighter weight file managers for the Linux operating system. We've seen PCMan File Manager and emelFM2 covered recently. I've also touched on Thunar numerous times. All of these file managers have two things in common: They are fast and they have GUIs. Today's file manager shares the speed, but not the GUI. This file manager is vifm. If you know your Linux you can probably assume the "vi" is associated with one of the most popular Linux editors, vi. That assumption is correct.

"The vifm file manager is an ncurses-based file manager with vi keybindings. So if you are used to vi, you will have no problems using vifm. Now vifm is not heavily developed. In fact, the last release was August 7, 2009. But it's still a worthy file manager for those looking for more text-based management tools. In this article, I will introduce you to one of the best text-based file managers."

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