Friday, May 25, 2007

Norton Commander clone for Ubuntu -text mode file manager-

if you find it usefull please Digg it here .

If you remember the old days of MS-DOS, you would miss Norton Commander file manager. The two blue columns where you'd select files on one side and copy them to the next side, only by pressing F5, no typing any commands !


and guess what! I've found Norton Commander for Ubuntu, it's called Midnight Commander. You may ask why would I use Midnight Commander while we have other grpahical file managers (i.e. Nautilus and Konqueror). Midnight Commander is a semi-graphical file manager, which means it runs under a Terminal window in "text mode" and we all know I am in love with text-mode programs like Image magic for editing images in text mode.

Things which are better about text-mode programs are:
  • They're so much faster than programs in grpahical mode
  • You can run it in SSH based terminal . (for example I connect to my webhosting server using SSH and I manage my files without typing commands)
  • They look professional ! (Actualy they are)

Midnight Commander is a text-mode program which rids you of the need to type commands in linux and makes life more comfortable. I love Midnight Commander. I highly recommend this software!
In Ubuntu, you can install it using the Synaptic Package MAnager (search for Midnight Commander) for other linux distributions you can download it from their site . To run it, simply type mc in terminal.
to end, I'd like to share some tips that will be helpful for using this software:

How to Copy or Move: as you see in my screenshot , it has two sides, choose your file in left side and then go to right side by pressing Tab and then choose the destination and then press F5 your filel will be copied ! (for moving you press F6.)

How to select many files: you can mark multiple files (or folders) using "insert" key , when you mark a file using "insert" it becomes yellow .
then you can do something to all of them (copy all of them, move all of them ,...)

to select all , press * key . (all of them will become yellow)
to unselect simply press insert key again and it will become white again.

How to zip and unzip the beautiful thing about MC is , you can compress uncompress files so easily . (I always forget zip related commands)
for example select the files you want to zip and then press F2 and in the menu choose compress ...you can do everything with MC , including CHMOD (permissions)

MC is mouse friendly you can use mouse too (but you don't have to), for example you can click on the right side, instead of pressing tab or you can click on "File" in the menu at the top
(aah I remember DOS days again, at those times I had to run the Mouse program before NC to enable mouse mode . I have such a Nostalgic feeling about MS DOS right now, somebody give me a hug please !)
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