In the Dark with Midnight Commander

Justin Zygmont jzygmont-tEQKYFGiemxAYG7eUwYNkWD2FQJk+8+b at
Wed Dec 24 18:40:31 UTC 2003

i'm suprised that you are using an xterm to run mc in, myself being a dos 
user, I use the virtual consoles.  I use mc everyday, and i'd be at a 
major loss without it.  nc was a mystery to me when i first got it, at 
least we have searchable documentation these days on the internet.  I'm 
suprised more people don't use mc, it was a major hit when it came out for 
dos, and the linux one is free.  A quick google search will turn up lots 
of info on it.

On Wed, 24 Dec 2003, Geoffrey Hunter wrote:

> Echoing Peter Peres' concern about the inadequacy of Linux documentation:
> I switched to Linux in the summer of 2002 to regain control of how I compute;
> as a former DOS user I used to use Norton Commander as my window into my
> computer: it displayed the contents of two directories side by side, and the
> bottom box had a command-line prompt - commands typed there automatically
> looked for files in the selected left or right directory.
>       With Norton I was in command: I could easily display any directory,
> and once selected easily (one-keystroke commands) select files and then copy,
> move, edit, and process them and see what you were doing the whole time - 
> so I was induced to switch to Linux because it had "midnight commander"
> supposedly modeled after Norton Commander.
>     Midnight commander (and linux generally) has been a big disappointment: 
> I have yet to find any documentation (man pages or anything else), and 
> unlike Norton Commander the command-line (bottom) box doesn't automatically
> look for files in the selected directory - I have to issue a cd command.
> Each box has round and square buttons at the bottom (turn green when clicked)
> but what they do/mean remains a mystery.
> Geoffrey Hunter
> York University, 4700 Keele Street
> Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J1P3
> email: GHunter-4mebg6r7xUY at
> _______________________________________________
> Quoting "Peter L. Peres" <plp-ysDPMY98cNQDDBjDh4tngg at>:
> > 
> > > I tried to read the man mmap(2) pages, but as always, these pages leave me
> > in
> > > the dark. It would be so nice, if there would be a typical usage example
> > > included ( in all man pages!).
> > > These pages are designed for people who already know all the In's and
> > outs,
> > > but are rather useless to anyone not yet familiar with their content.
> > > Am I alone in this assessment?
> > 
> > Ah, you came to my old conclusion that u*ix consists of four-letter
> > commands with 100-page apologies ;-)
> > 
> > Yes, you are right, up to a point. The manpages do not intend to tech you
> > anything, they remind the programmer of all the details. For learning, use
> > a book about programming or tutorials.
> > 
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