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Linux Orbit: The LO Newbie Tests Mouseless (Midnight) Commander

Jan 29, 2001, 15:07 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Yes I said Mouseless Commander. Originally, Midnight Commander had no mouse support and was so named. Later on when mouse support was included, the developers went out and asked the users to vote on a name for the product, which is how it ended up being called Midnight Commander. Note that it had to have the initials mc as this is the two letter command used to execute the program."

"This information comes from Mr. Miguel de Icaza, who was one of the original developers of this GREAT program. I asked Miguel if there was anything special I should say about Midnight Commander and his response was: "Hmmm. Dunno, there is a long story and tradition in that file manager, you can check the archives for mailing list. MC was the first file manager in Unix to introduce the concept of a virtual file system, a layer that sat on top of the regular IO and allowed the program to browse inside tar files, browse FTP sites and so on. This idea has been later added to various other systems."

"In this article, I will cover one of the many ways you can use Midnight Commander and a few of its features. In no way will I be able to tell you about all of its features as I can't talk that much. The Midnight Commander I currently use is Version 4.5.46 which came with my Mandrake 7.1 distribution. Try the program out and you may just like it. It has an excellent help system that tells you pretty much everything about how to use Midnight Commander and even Windows users can find the help system easily; just hit F1."

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