2 pane, swiss army knife file manager?

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Tue Nov 20 05:30:10 UTC 2012

On Tuesday 20 November 2012 00:26:43 Cybe R. Wizard did opine:

> On Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:54:27 -0500
> Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
> > Greetings;
> > 
> > Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS, 32 bit, installed on a quad core Phenom.
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> > In the meantime, the os around mc has matured but mc is stagnant not
> > getting the needed TLC and updates to keep pace, and slowly bit
> > rotting away.  Here, it is not a bit unusual to have its qui
> > destroyed to the point that you are forced to guess where the lower
> > bars F10 button may be just to quit it and restart it later to
> > restore the ncurses gui it uses since some genius has seen fit to
> > grab the F10 key to open some menu that has nothing to do with mc.
> > 
> > Its like your car is dripping antifreeze, and your pet, unknown to
> > you is licking it up since its sweet to them, but it is not pretty to
> > watch an antifreeze poisoned pet die, which is essentially the
> > present situation with mc.
> > 
> > I just spent an hour scanning for 2 pane file managers in the
> > synaptic ALL listing without finding anything but mc.
> > 
> > So, what are we supposed to use today?
> > 
> > Thanks folks.
> > 
> > Cheers, Gene
> Neither are command line utilities but, for GUI, I like both Xfe and
> PCManFM.  Adjustable views in both.
> Cybe R. Wizard

Which this "file commander", a dead ringer(except the upper, do all the 
work, menus I can't find) for the midnight commander when it was a stable 
program but with a fixed, postcard sized window.  It does appear to be a 
dead ringer for mc in all other respects so far.

Cheers, Gene
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