2 pane, swiss army knife file manager?

Brian Havard brian.havard at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 05:45:53 UTC 2012

On 20/11/12 16:30, Gene Heskett wrote:
> 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.

The menu's are activated by F9, Ctrl-N or a right mouse button click on 
the top line.
Then in Options/Configuration you can set the window size in Lines and 
Shift-F9 from the main window will save these settings as the defaults.
F1 lists all the key mappings.

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