2 pane, swiss army knife file manager?

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Mon Nov 19 20:52:21 UTC 2012

On Monday 19 November 2012 15:30:22 Nils Kassube did opine:

> Gene Heskett wrote:
> > A decade back, midnight commander, aka mc, was _the_ tool of choice.
> > Stable, extremely capable with a builtin ftp client/server, one could
> > literally move a file from anyplace on the planet to anyplace else on
> > the planet if you knew the passwords for those places.
> > 
> > Then 3 or 4 years ago we suddenly had Krusader, but it turned out to
> > be unstable, and missing 90% of mc's abilities, so we panned it
> > without mercy as a pretty face with nothing behind it.  Rather than
> > fix it, it seem to have been dropped.
> IIRC, Krusader was a KDE3 thing - and KDE3 is gone ...
> > In the meantime, the os around mc has matured but mc is stagnant
> > 
> > I just spent an hour scanning for 2 pane file managers in the
> > synaptic ALL listing without finding anything but mc.
> Try Konqueror. You can have a layout similar to MC if you want (settings
> -> load view profile -> midnight commander). And you can use SFTP to
> access remote files (don't know about ftp).
> Nils

Unforch it cannot do that, complaining that all the index.html files are 
supposed to be directories.  It does draw a gui that faintly resembles 
mc, but only an icon view seems to be available, and the drag-n-drop I 
attempted was refused, no perms.

So I quit it, went to a root shell and started it.  Took at least 30 
seconds to draw its default screen, with the comedy of errors reported 
in the terminal behind at starting with:
kbuildsycoca4 running...
kbuildsycoca4(7093) VFolderMenu::loadDoc: Parse error in  "/root/.config/menus/applications-merged/xdg-desktop-menu-dummy.menu" , line  1 , col  1 :  
"unexpected end of file" 
kbuildsycoca4(7093) KConfigGroup::readXdgListEntry: List entry Categories in "/usr/share/applications/freecad.desktop" is not compliant with XDG 
standard (missing trailing semicolon). 

There were about 2000 more lines of that naming most of the files on the
system.  This being ubuntu, I do the root work with sudo -i.  So the /root 
directory has never been configured for X if that means anything.

I was able to get this root version I launched to also draw an mc like 
overlay window, but there seems to be no place to change the default 
google login that I see in either window.  No clue as to which sub pane 
was in focus, and entering the path I wanted it to show me the files in 
from the text box was an error, "url cannot be listed" in some sort of 
a small box About display.

So, unless this can be configured to work, it does resemble a waste of time.

Thank for trying, I appreciate it.  I guess all I can do is plead for MC
to get some sorely needed TLC.

Cheers, Gene
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