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"The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed."
emelFM2 is the GTK+2 port of emelFM. emelFM2 is a file manager that implements the popular two-pane design. It features a simple GTK+2 interface, a flexible file typing scheme, and a built-in command line for executing commands without opening an xterm.
Release focus: Major feature enhancements
This release introduces the commandbar, a configurable replacement of the former commandline and user button bar. The toolbar is now even more configurable. Several minor bugs have been fixed; e.g., the up/down buttons for tree options now work for rows with children, too. There is a new commandline switch to set the configuration directory.
tooar [contact developer]
by Peter Johnson on Sat Sep 22nd, 2001 at 05:19:15 PM PST UNIX historically didn't have a need for a "dumbed down" graphical interface, as the only people who needed to use systems running UNIX can accomplish much more using the "shell" ( yes, you can get a lot more done a lot faster if your hands never leave the keyboard and you know all of UNIX's archaic commands and regexes instead of pointing and clicking ).
Back in the heyday of Apple, back when they actually gave a damn about usability, back when they were revolutionaries instead of using picture of revolutionaries in their ads, back when Apple was redefining human computer interaction, they spent hundreds of millions on user interface testing. This included multiple studies of keyboarding vs. mousing.
What Apple discovered was that users always report that using the keyboard is faster than using the mouse. The stopwatch, however, always reported that the mouse was faster than the keyboard. See Ask Tog for details.
The reason for this is simple. Remebering utility names, switches and (god forbid) regexes gives the brain a workout. You don't get bored. Dragging the mouse OTOH doesn't take much brainpower at all. So it seems slow, but is actually faster and allows you to focus on what you're doing rather than how you're doing it.
While there are certainly circumstances where the flexibility and power of the various unix utilities combined with pipes and the bourne or korn shells can be a tremendous time saver, for the routine tasks of directory traversal, web browsing, email and word processing and such the gui inteface is faster. It's also easier to learn and use.
Finally, the idea that a graphical user interface is "dumbing down" the computer is laughable. Graphical interfaces are much more complex and require substantially more advanced development disciplines than cmdline utilities or server programs. If you attempt to approach a graphical interface without a sound design and sounder methodologies you end up with excrement. The failure of the *nix community to develop quality GUI environments testifies to a lack of focus and intelligence on the part of the programmers, not the users.
Are you adequate?
Features in Total Commander 6.0 now include :
- Two file windows side by side
- Multiple language support
- Enhanced search function
- Compare files / synchronize directories
- Quick View panel with bitmap display
- ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling + plugins
- Built-in FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support
- Parallel port link, multi-rename tool
- New: Tabbed interface, regular expressions, history+favorites buttons
- And many more!
script type utility description This is an adaptation of opsplorer (vimscript #362), intended to be more like the Total Comander (http://www.ghisler.com) file explorer.
This opens two panels of file explorers on the top half of the vim screen.
Targets for moving and copying defaults to the other panel, like totalcmd. TAB switches between panels.
Vimcommander keys are mostly total commander's:
F3 - view
F4 - edit
F5 - copy
F6 - move
F7 - create dir
F8 - del
Others: C-U, C-Left/C-Right, C-R, BS, DEL, etc.
Selection of files/dirs also works: INS, +, -. Then copy/move/del selected files.
Suggested binding is
noremap <silent> <F11> :cal VimCommanderToggle()<CR>
install details Drop vimcommander.vim in ~/.vim/plugin
package script version date Vim version user release notes vimcommander.vim 1.39 2003-11-12 6.0 Leandro Penz Bugfix: move is now working. Alternate keys for C-. Options for the window are saved/restored when entering/exiting. vimcommander.vim 1.35 2003-11-09 6.0 Leandro Penz Fullscreen. Toggle improved. Selection of files thru <INS>, + and - implemented. Generally more similar to wincmd.
QtCommander is a file browser that allows browsing, copying, and deleting files.
MC-Burn is an MC (midnight commander) extension to cdrecord and mkisofs. This way you can use Midnight Commander to copy your files and use mcburn to burn a directory to CD directly from within MC. Another advantage is that it runs in console mode and you don't have to do weird things with SUID'ing cdrecord or start X in rootmode or whatever you sick minds can come up with to get access to the CD-(Re)writer.
Current version is: 0.1b
The Java File Manager is a program written entirely in java that looks like Windows Commander. Although Windows Commander can be run under linux (using wine) ,
I thought that is better to have the same utility under every OS that I use .
An ISO CD image virtual filesystem plug-in for Midnight Commander.
warning: evening commander does not work with xemacs!
evening commander (ec/ec.el, gzipped version ec/ec.el.gz) is a midnight commander like file manager for emacs. this is version 0.96b4 (file revision 1.18). this is a beta version. there are some notes inside the file. please have a look at them first. there is still a whole lot todo! please contact me if you have some suggestions or bug reports. please include the file revision in your comments. thanx. the ec/ChangeLog is still empty (since this is the inital announcement). there is also a (list of bugs). licence: gpl (gnu general public licence, see http://www.fsf.org/copyleft/gpl.html)
if you want to have a working and better norton commander clone, try
cooled is a modified version of the editor that comes with The Midnight Commander, CoolEdit. It features syntax highlighting, user-friendly key bindings, menus, and mouse support.
steve_ [contact developer]
CE is another clone of the ncurses-based editor that comes with the Midnight Commander (cooledit). Its main feature is simplicity. You don't have to learn lots of key shortcuts; in order to write text, you just have to type it on the keyboard. While preserving all the original cooledit features (like syntax highlighting or gpm mouse support), ECe offers a few useful enhancements: the ability to work with many files, reconfigurable keys and menus, tab-completion in file dialogs, friendlier default color scheme, and more.
mteg [contact developer]
Dark Commander is a Norton Commander clone which runs under the X environment. You will find useful information about Dark Commander on this site, like how to install and run Dark Commander. It's written in Object Pascal (Delphi). Dark Commander is released under the GPL Version 2.
Thanks for visiting Dark Commander's homepage :)
-Helge "DarkFame" Ingvoldstad, 7th June 2003
Midnight Commander 4.1.X-MP
The goal of this project is creating a stable, well-working, usefull console-only version of well-known Midnight Commander, without bugs and garbage, like tk, xv and gnome. I'm bored waiting for bugfixes, and A'rpi's ESP team stops their work in this direction too, so I did it. I'm fixing all (found) bugs, reported by my friends, and made some really pleasent new features, like real-time clock, or filegroups colorizing.
Why is it an alternate version of mc, instead applying patches to main mc project?
The original mc is now about v4.6.x, with more and more bugs, "monster from the console" grows more and more, and now it has some very bad structural changes, tons of garbage code, and finally - there is no possibilities to compile it without some X parts, like Glib.
When I use linux - i want to use fast and powerfull console file manager, and I like mc 4.1.x series much better: it has well-designed structures, easy to add new features.
Btw. I back-ported some of new usefull things appeared in 4.5.x and 4.6.x, make some fixes, catch some memory leaks, and so on... - README gave you more information about it.
About: GNOME Commander is file manager aimed at people who want a fast and efficient file manager. The program can currently perform most common file operations, and will detect changes to files caused by other programs and update its views without the need for the user to manually reload. The program also supports Copy and Paste, DND and MIME. The program has some basic FTP support through GnomeVFS, but it's not very good. It's good enough to download/upload files, but lacks more advanced functions, like issuing SITE commands.
47 at 1.0 HCI GUI HypertextNode:www.otal.umd.edu/SHORE98/bs09/abstract.html This study investigates the selection of an item from two styles of list boxes. The drop-down box and multi-column box are two user interface components that are frequently used in the Windows 95/NT 4.0 user interface. Our results indicate that the multi-column list approach yields a faster user response time as well as reduced error rates.
Why technical writers have gotta love Microsoft's Inductive User Interface
55 at 1.0 HCI GUI Article:www.carlsononlinedesign.com/inductive.htm Why technical writers have gotta love Microsoft's Inductive User Interface by Janice Carlson In early 2001, Microsoft issued a technical article describing their Inductive User Interface guidelines. What's an inductive user interface? The Inductive User Interface model starts from the premise that software is hard to use.
Mnemonics in Graphical User Interfaces 54 at 1.0 HCI GUI Article:www.ds.fh-koeln.de/~owrede/mtgui-e.html As regards the future design of graphic interfaces , a knowledge of mnemonics is useful in particular with respect to "cognitive tools", which fulfill their intended purpose only when the user brings his own knowledge and intelligence to bear.  Structure is meant here to mean several concepts of networks: An information network involves organizing and designing information so as to help users access the contents; communicative networks define flows of information between ...
Portos Commander (Pcmm) is a Linux file manager for KDE 3.x. It is patterned after old-school managers like Midnight Commander and Norton Commander. It features basically all your file-management needs, file searcher, internal viewer, URL database, ftp...
[Oct 3, 2003] SourceForge.net Project Info - AVFS A Virtual Filesystem
AVFS is a system, which enables all programs to look inside gzip, tar, zip, etc. files or view remote (ftp, http, dav, etc.) files, without recompiling the programs.
[Oct 2, 2003] F: Freeware Multi-platform File Manager Looks like development is stalled. Last update: July 7th, 2001. Still the list of platforms suggest that this is the most portable OFM file manager: even VM/CMS is supported ;-) Some interesting integration features: ring of files in viewer and editor (sharing the history of accessed files) and huge amount of plug-ins.
- Multiple file windows organized in left and right panels, each panel has its own ring of windows.
- Cut/paste from/to command line: works with viewer, editor, file manager or system clipboard.
- Create new file manager window from marked files.
- Move to next/previous marked files.
- Mark files from current position to end of list, or from top list to current position.
- Built-in duplicate files search, in multiple drives. Result is presented is a file manager window where all file operations can be applied.
- Very powerful command line substitutions (macro-variables) using current/marked files names from current or other panel, or even from viewer/editor.
- Copy partial file content to a new one (chopcopy).
- Support for automatic conversion between Bookmaster graphic tags (e.g. &Ul.) into corresponding ASCII box characters for Script-type files.
- Quick clone of one file manager panel to other.
- Support for FTP as local directories (FTP VFS). You can for example recursively copy to/from host FTP directories. Rename, delete (recursive), edit host file. IBM VM FTP host (FTPSERVE) and OS/390 are also supported. Up to 36 simultaneous connections (36 FTP servers) are supported (ftpx: x=0..9 A..Z) with multiple file windows for each connection. QUOTE and SITE commands supported. FTP connections are automatically and transparently re-established if disconnected by server (time-out). Also interrupted file transfer (download) can be resumed if the FTP server supports the REST/APPE command. Firewall (passive mode) supported. Optional direct copy from remote FTP server to remote FTP server (FXP) is also supported.
- Convert HTML-like files into plain text file (HTML tags stripped).
- Built-in viewer, with ring of files, and split screen support.
- Syntax coloring support for C-type, HTML, REXX, newsgroup and mail files.
- Support procedure tagging (like ctags) in both viewer, editor and command line.
- Support modules tagging in both viewer, editor and command line.
- Show included files hierarchy (C-programming).
- Incremental search.
- Search forwards/backwards for text (case-sensitive optional).
- Line mark and block mark support.
- Multiple clipboards, shared with built-in editor and file manager: cut, copy, append, paste.
- System clipboard support: copy, copy-append, cut, paste.
- Numerous powerful viewer internal commands (all, put...).
- Unlimited number of viewer windows.
- Easy switch to built-in editor mode.
- Load directory from word under cursor.
- Built-in editor, with ring of files, and split screen support.
- Numerous powerful editor internal commands (all, prefix, suffix, nlist, add, put...).
- Unlimited number of edit windows.
- Built-in binary editor, with ASCII and EBCDIC support: search, insertion, deletion, marked block operations.
- Concurrent process buffer.
- Operating system command prompt (cmd.exe for OS/2) available as an edit buffer of built-in editor ring when commands can be typed and executed.
- Automatic capture of stdout/stderr of text-mode programs.
- Support for common compilers/tools messages outputs: can be used as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). F itself is developed by using its own IDE!
- Built-in viewer or editor can be invoked from batch file.
- File window can be invoked from batch file.
- Remote execution of commands can be invoked from batch file.
- Capture stdout/stderr of text-mode programs ('.' prefix) with automatic built-in viewer/editor invocation.
- Submit commands to concurrent process buffer for background processing.
- Built-in file transfer with other F users (fsend).
- Built-in messages exchange with other F users (fmsg). Distribution list or logged-in users list supported.
- Built-in POP3/SMTP mail client, with multiple accounts support, easy switch between the accounts.
- Built-in NNTP news reader client, with interactive/background news retrieval.
- (OS/2, Win32, Linux) Built-in Web server (FWS), with user authentication and integrated directory navigation, files annotation and independent log file. Multi-threading, Rexx, Perl and PHP CGI support. and CGI GET method support.
- (OS/2, Win32, Linux) Built-in full-featured FTP server, with independent log file, with resume interrupted file transfers (download/upload). Easy/dynamic administration through plain text configuration file ('trusers').
- Join (concatenate) marked files or from a list file: ASCII or binary mode.
- FFP (F to F Protocol) VFS: this function allows accessing remote host files (running F or FFPS) much like FTP/NFS/Telnet combined but with much more functions:
- Most usual file operations supported.
- Files transfer between FFP session and local disk.
- Files transfer between FFP and FTP sessions.
- Transparent view/edit of host FFP files, even files inside host ZIP file: the host ZIP file is automatically updated!
- Files timestamps preserved after get/put (copy from/to FFP host).
- Up to 36 simultaneous connections (36 FFP servers), with multiple file windows for each connection.
- Progression status display for foreground operations.
- Background file operations support.
- Files transfer between two FFP sessions (ffpx:, ffpy:).
- Direct send host FFP files to other workstations.
- Show host directory/disk free space.
- (OS/2) F2NOTE extended attribute support (view, set/modify, delete).
- 4DOS/4OS2/4NT 'descript.ion' file annotation support.
- No drive letter wasted.
- Remote execution capability.
- Remote directory size/free disk space display.
- Build host ZIP file from marked host files/directories.
- ZIP file awareness, so no need to download entire host ZIP file before accessing its content. Smart download: only compressed data sent, unzip process done on client side.
- Partial view of big host files (head, tail).
- Recursive host directory display.
- Optional transparent compression/decompression of files to optimize file transfer duration for low-speed link.
- Reset active login from another workstation.
[Sept 25, 2003] Work on the OFM Standard 2004 started. This will be a substantial update of the older OFM Standard 1999. Please send your comments and suggestions.
Gram's Commander v3.3 scriptable OFM that uses a language called GCScript. A version for AIX can be found at
gc3 - Gram's Commander v3.3
gc3 [ flags ] [ <path1> [ <path2> ] ]
gc3 is a general-purpose, programmable file manager for UNIX and MS-DOS, similar in
nature to the well-known DOS file manager `Norton Commander'.
When started up, gc3 presents the user with two windows containing lists of the
files in the directories specified by the path arguments, and two windows showing
information about each of these paths. Each file list window has an arrow shaped
cursor which points at one of the file names. Further information about the
pointed-at file is also shown in the information window. The bottom line of the
screen is a one- line borderless command window for entering commands. This is also
where error messages are displayed, and where gc3 commands can prompt for input.
If a path argument(s) is missing, the current directory is used for the left-hand
window, while the path for the right hand window will be the directory that was
current when you last executed gc3. This is determined from the initialisation
file .gc3ini which also saves the last known value of options and variable settings
upon exit. gc3 searches for the initialisation path in the directory specified by
the $GCPATH environment variable. If this is not set the $HOME environment variable
is used instead.
The user can move through the file list with the cursor keys, and select/deselect
files. Various actions are possible upon either the current file (namely the one at
which the cursor is positioned) or upon the set of selected files in that direc-
gc3 supports a number of commands. The actual commands may vary from site to site
(or from user to user). To find out the list of commands that gc3 supports at your
site, press the help key (usually H ).
The behaviour of gc3 is determined by a script file written in a language called
GCScript. Full details of the script files and how to configure gc3 can be found
in the documentation files that accompany the registered gc3 package. The file
USER.DOC also contains considerably more detailed information about using gc3 than this manual entry does.
muCommander a cross-platform file manager -- Java OFM
muCommander is a cross-platform file manager. It features a Norton Commander style interface and runs on any OS supporting the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, Linux, *BSD...).
Current version is 0.5.
[Sept 19, 2003] Frigate A very interesting competitor of Total Commander with some bias toward graphic. A very nice refined graphic interface (probably programmed in Delphi). It beats Total Commander in one important area: it supports regular expressions, but it does not support Xtree "flat" VFS (Ctrl-B in Total Commander). For some strange reason command line tends to disappear and you need to press Alt-Tab to get it back. Frigate has a powerful HTML viewer. It is supported in three versions:
Light version is Free.
Standard version which is pretty competitive with Total Commander is $24 and supports Total Commander plug-ins.
There is also a professional version with some additional bell and whistles for $56.
Here is some info from the developers site:
Several handy utilities are bundled with the product: Quick Launch, StartUp Manager, TreeNotes, SmartPad and Calculator, not to mention a built-in graphics viewer (with thumbnails and slideshow view functions) that internally supports many popular file formats, as well as built-in text, rich text and DBF files viewer and editor.
15.09.2003 Version 3.20 has been released!
- [+] Write files on CD
- [+] Try regular expressions in Search
- [+] Enjoy Quick View in thumbnail view
- [+] Use Slide show
28.07.2003 Version 3.19 has been released!
- [+] Added Access files view
- [+] Added Ftp search
- [+] Added Excel edit and view without using Excel Application
- [+] Added Paragraph alignment in Text Editor (Alt+J)
- [+] Now you can also search in DBF files using Search dialogue
- [+] Added Spanish and Polish languages
02.06.2003 Version 3.18 has been released!
- [+] Added plugin MultiRename files
- [+] Added Edit mode in Ctrl+Q
- [+] Added Favorites in internal IE
- [+] Spell checking supports office 97/2000 now
- [+] Method navigator supports CSS now
- [+] Added AVI viewer
16.05.2003 Version 3.17 has been released!
- [+] Improved work with Total Commander plugins
- [+] Improved sync folders
- [+] You can compare files in Ftp and archives
- [-] Fixed work with icons
[Sept 18, 2003] Last File Manager
Last File Manager - lfm - is a mc-type application written in python.
(C) 2001-2, Iņigo Serna - inigoserna at terra.es
This software has been realised under the GPL License, see the COPYING file that comes with this package. There is NO WARRANTY.
[Sept 17, 2003] fmweb - the universal web-based file manager
fmweb is a web-based filemanger written in Java. It can be used to manage the local filesystem or via the TCP/IP network the filesystems of remote machines.
The communication is via HTTP or HTTPS. fmweb has a built-in WWW server.
Although fmweb is a platform-independent java application, it offers many functions that specialized file managers for the operating system provide.
fmweb is a multi-user application, for each user a "document root" can be defined.
fmweb's picture browsing and manipulation functions allow to use it as a web picture album.
fmweb can be used by webspace providers to give the users simple access to their files.
This latest version has been tested on Linux, Windows/NT, Windows 2000 and SUN Solaris. Previous versions also worked on AIX and OS/2 and the new version should work on these platforms too.
[Sept 17, 2003] freshmeat.net Java File Manager 0.5
About: JFM is an Windows Commander, Krusader, MC, Norton Comander, etc. clone, but written entirely in Java. It has no native parts, and is intended to remain that way. You can use the same file manager in every OS that you run, not having to get used to a new file manager when you boot a new OS.
[Sept 17, 2003] Index of -tcl-ftparchive-sorted-packages-7.6-apps-xmc -- interesting student project. could serve as a prototype for your own development due to its simplicity. Try to fix bugs like RWX permissions displays first. for more advanced TCL-based filemanagers see TCL file managers.
This package (?) contains 2 files :
Xmc is X Minek Commander - Norton Commander clone running on X. It's written in Tcl/Tk.
I tested it on Linux, Tcl 7.4 and Tk 4.0. This package (?) doesn't contain Tcl or Tk, so you have to install it yourself. The best place to get it, should be :
Most of Linux installations have it already installed. Wish, or link to wish, is supposed to be located at /usr/bin, if your wish is elsewhere, please change first line in xmc. Xmc could be located where you want, but I think the best place is /usr/local/bin.
It's just a first version, I spend 13 hours on it. Next versions are expected very soon. Menu, except a few options, is not working yet, although generally this program can be useful. I don't know why, but file attributes are not read correctly by my Tcl, so RWX permissions are always displayed.
I just started with Tcl/Tk, and this program is just result of my learning. I used some code (just a little bit...) from the book "Practical Programming in Tcl/Tk" written by Brent Welch. This is a very good book, although I paid for it 50.95 $CAN.
Please let me know, if you have something interesting to say.
[Sept 17, 2003] Fedot
* *Fedot* Copyright 1997 Mike Fedotov, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute, this software and its
* documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that
* the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that
* copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting
* documentation, and that the name of the copyright holders be used in
* advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the software with
* specific, written prior permission, and that no fee is charged for further
* distribution of this software, or any modifications thereof. The copyright
* holder make no representations about the suitability of this software for
* any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.
* THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE,
* INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, IN NO
* EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR
* CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE,
* DATA, PROFITS, QPA OR GPA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE
* OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR
* PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
0) What is Fedot ?
Fedot is simple , writed on Tcl/Tk, file manipulation tool. It is similar to GIT ( Gnu Interactive Tool ) or Midnight Commander. It is not so powerful as they, but realize, i hope, all main necessary operations.
Using Fedot you can copy, move, delete file in very simple way.You can run executable file only by pressing <Return> key. You can associate extension of file with some action ( run specific command ).
Why is "Fedot"? Fedot is an old Russain name, which is not often used in our time.
1) What do you need to use Fedot.
You need packages Tcl/Tk installed on you machine. You need Tcl/Tk shell like tclshell or wish.
You need the folowing files:
Fedot.tcl - main tcl script
Fedot.help - help information ( very brief )
Fedot.conf - Configuration file
Fedot.menu - Menu file ( You may define commands which can be executed
by choosing menu item )
Fedot.ext - Extension association file.
Fedot.rscr - File used for running scripts from Fedot. ( If scripts opens
terminal and direct output to it, then after ending work of
scripts terminal immediately end work too ( And you can't see
results produced by script). Fedot.rscr file prevents it
( It simply wait for pressing <Return> key).
Before you install Fedot, you should modify some files and you should set some variable:
Fedot.conf - Set you favourite editor, terminal, fonts, path to Fedot files, initial directories.
Fedot.tcl - Set path to you Tcl/Tk shell ( tclshell or wish )
( This is the first line of file. Warning: this path
on some system can't be longer that 32 symbols)
Variables TIX_LIBRARY ( or TCL_LIBRARY or TK_LIBRARY - it depends on your
Tcl shell ) should be setted to directory with Tcl/Tk libraries. You may try
set all these variables. You also should set FEDOT_PATH variable to
directory, where placed Fedot files. ( This variable is uses to find file
Fedot.conf. If in this file you may define another path to Fedot files.
Fedot will use last definition. )
3) As the Tcl/Tk is interpreted language you may run Fedot:
( in the case if your Tcl/Tk shell is "wish" ) and see how it work.
( I hope - without problem - :) - )
I use Fedot under HP-UX and don't port it to any other platforms,
on which Tcl/Tk package is present, but hope that it will not be
a problem to use Fedot on other platforms.
When you editing Fedot.conf, Fedot.menu and Fedot.ext file
don't forget about following: beetween option, colon and command
empty spaces is not allowed.
User Menu: No problems with X11 programs, but if you shall use Menu for
running scripts or terminal-oriented program some difficulties is possible.
The problem is the following - If scripts opens terminal and direct output
to it, then after ending work of scripts terminal immediately end work
too. ( And you can't see results produced by script). Therefore you may use
Fedot.rscr file to prevents ending work terminal. In other word you may
<Menu Item>:<Terminal_name> -e <Path to Fedot>/Fedot.rscr <Name of script>
( instead simply:<Menu Item>:<Term_name> -e <Name of command or script>).
I write Fedot not as a serious work but as a testing example for studing
Tcl/Tk. Therefore it may seem not so user-friendly or powerful as
other tools. But I think that it is a compromise beetween simplicity and
May be somtimes you will see Tcl dialog boxes with something like that
"Error in Tcl script". Don't worry, press "Ok". I had not intention to
avoid all possibilities of appearing these messages. But they are NOT an
error. They are not destructive. ( Of course, it is possible to avoid these
messages. But it is a big work which improve only interface but not
[Sept 16, 2003] KCommander
For those, who know the Windows Commander there is nothing to explain. Largely speaking, it is the ultimate tool, not only for file management. We donīt know anything like this, in the whole Linux world. (anyhow not with KDE Front-end)
A highlight would be the automatic (un-)mounting of dynamic drives like CD-Rom or Floppy. Furthermore all the points you want configurable can be changed to satisfy different tasts. You can handle packed archives like normal lists. And so on ...
This project's purpose is a file manager for X11 with the user interface inspired by the Norton Commander (tm). Unlike the other NC clones, I try to keep the interaction with the command line unimpeded and transparent. I also try to do things more in the Unix way. The development is going in the Way of Natural Stupidity: first get something working and then add the features and refine the design. The main architectural goal is to keep the architecture flexible and make future changes easy.
The current state of development is "alpha": at least all the basic features are implemented in at least a basic way.
[Sept 16, 2003] tkmc-4.1.35-3.sparc RPM -- old hat ;-)
[Sept 16, 2003] X File Explorer - A file manager for X
X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued,X Win Commander, which was developed by Maxim Baranov. Xfe aims to be the file manager of choice for all the Unix addicts!
Version 0.54.2 released (2003-05-16)
Version 0.54.1 released (2003-05-02)
New web page (this one) for the Xfe project
Version 0.54 released (2003-04-25)
Version 0.42 released (2003-01-20)
Why another file manager?
Yes, that's a good question. Why another file manager when the excellent Konqueror or Nautilus exist on Linux systems? The answer is quite simple : these file managers are very good, features rich and look wonderful, but they are like a brontosaurus when you are a console addict and only want to copy some files or delete it. Another problem is that they require either the whole Gnome or KDE desktops to be installed on your system!
On the contrary, Xfe is small, very rapid and only requires the FOX library to be fully functional. It can be launched from the command line in a fraction of second, and can efficiently complete the set of command line tools.
I use it in my everyday work and since I find it useful, perhaps others may find it so!
2xExplorer home page by Nikos Bozinis,
Great tool. Xplorer2 is even better!!"
Xplorer2 is the new development from Nikos Bozinis, the creator of 2xExplorer. It is still in alpha phase, but very usable none the less! If you are not afraid of alpha versions, it is to prefer over the obsolete 2xExplorer
Exactly what i needed... Great, Great, Great !!!!"
Great piece of software, flexible, powerful and easy to use, It was exactly was I was looking for, and is free !!!. From my point of view better than Total Commander. Thanks Nikos.
I was using Windows Commander, but I got rid of it because I thought 2xExplorer was quite much better... Though I miss the zips as directories, the rest is very good. One of the best exploring programs.
...FAR for win32 is amazing in windows through decent telnet server. The telnet support (yes, telnet, no ssh) that comes with MS Terminal Services is a pure joke. alt barely working, function keys not working, lack of color/font differentiation support. blah.
Anyways, thanks for the tip, will check FAR again, however I have grown really accustomed to Christian Ghistler's commander (Windows Commander). I am quietly waiting to gain knowledge on how to get my mc behave more and more like wincmd which I am in love. Simple things which speed jobs easily.:
- [alt][f1/2] to get a list of mounts points, and be able to jump to them [backspace] go one dir back if cursor not in command line
- [alt][\] go root of drive or root of mount point etc, etc, etc...
Just joined so I assume answers will popup oneday, couldnt find on google last time I looked, but that was long long time ago.
[Aug 8 2003] Hard to beat the Norton Commander clones
by Anonymous Reader on 2003.08.10 18:50 (#63945)
They keep trying, but its just hard to beat the functionality and ease of use of any of the commander clones out there. When I switched from windows, the first app I looked for was a file manager. Having never used norton commander and nothing but explorer (and the command line) I found a bunch of commander clones. My favorite is FileRunner. Set your source and destination panes, select some files, click on move. Blam! Doesn't get better than that. Those trying to improve on the explorer metaphor don't realize -- Explorer sucks! Norton had it right to start with, and nothing has changed since then.
[Sept 12, 2003] XNC 5.0:
- Added quick 'cd' command - Ctrl-x. You can use Tab expansion in this window.
- Added hot key shotcuts for sorting methods in panels.
- Translations: Spanish, Hungarian (partly), Czech, Serbian.
X Northern captain has many additional features since 5.0.0 version:
- Localization support for all windows. Now you can see XNC talking to you on your native language. See localization page for details.
- File manager and xterminal windows now are in one solid window.
- Full Drag and Drop mouse support (XDnd v3) allows xnc to exchange files between modern KDE and GNOME applications.
- Branch view display mode, allow you to view all files in subdirectories at the same time (Ctrl+B).
- Packing archives on the fly with auto detection archive type by given file name (Ctrl+F5).
- Context menu for faster file operations with mouse (middle button by default).
- Separate rename function for quicker operation (Ctrl+F6).
- Lynx style navigation type - optional feature can be activated from configuration.
- New main look and updated icons.
- Four different icon sets for your choice.
- Mouse actions - easy to use configurable actions to any mouse button combination.
- Three different file view modes. Any of these modes can be modified through configuration.
- Command line history menu (right icon in command line).
- Bookmarks now work in terminal too (Ctrl+1..9).
[Sept 10, 2003] Some new names (and sometimes new is a forgotten old ;-)
- WorkSoft Project freeware GUI-based OFM. Pretty interesting functionality
- VCOM - Product PowerDesk New Features not exactly OFM but still interesting product. Free trial available
- Disco Commander
- Welcome to WnSoft Inc. v. 1.96.
Powerful but an easy to use file manager -- a good replacement of Windows
Explorer or Norton Commander. Besides usual file management (copy/move/delete
etc), it contains built-in viewer for 9 most-popular graphic formats, and 11 sound/music
format, as well as video clips ( Microsoft AVI). In addition, it supports all compressed
files like zip, arj, rar etc (showing them as regular folders), has the SysInfo panel,
internet dialer, clipboard viewer, calculator, audio CD player, and resource explorer.
As a bonus, the program contains two simple games (tetris-like one, and Life).
Multi-language support is also there (now available: English, Italian, Polish, Russian,
Czech, Hungarian, Spanish, Lithuanian, German, Romanian, Dutch, Chinese, Ukrainian)
- Servant Salamander - File Manager Servant Salamander 2.5 beta 2 is available for download. Learn more. Now commercial product.
- EF Commander Windows - Shareware
- WinNc 3000 Pro -- OFM replacement for File Explorer
- Frigate - best file manager -- GUI based
- Magellan Explorer File Manager by Enriva Development
The award winning Magellan Explorer file manager is the fastest and easiest way to manage your files, whether on your local hard drive or across the Internet.
You can publish your web pages, download and open Zip files, and view pictures. All within a single, easy-to-use, attractive package.
Whether you prefer dual window layout of Norton Commander or are more familiar with Windows Explorer you will feel right at home as Magellan Explorer can be customized to fit your needs.
Magellan Explorer comes with a built archiver client with support for ZIP, ACE, RAR, LHA, CAB and ARJ. It sports an easy to use multi threaded FTP client capable of background downloads and theres even an easy to use image viewer with support for more than 10 popular image formats including JPEG and PNG.
- ASoft. Folder Manager.
- Free Commander -- Pascal version with the source code (webpage is in russian)
[June 14, 2003] macosxhints - Shell-based file and directory manager
[June 14, 2003] deco now is a project on Sourceforge and the current version is 3.9 (March 6, 2001), not 3.83 See SourceForge.net Project Info - Demos Commander
Demos Commander is a great shell utility for directory browsing and file management including viewing, copying, editing, and moving. This is a Unix app similar to Norton Commander for DOS. You can find the source for it at: ftp://ftp.cronyx.ru/cronyx/deco/deco383.tgz.
[Editor's note: I downloaded and installed this package, and it does exactly what Mike claims - it brought back instant memories of working in the the Norton DOS Commander back in the early 1980's! If you dislike typing 'mv' and 'cp' commands in the shell, this is a great utility! Read the rest of the article for full installation instructions. You'll need to have the dev tools installed.]
[UPDATE: I've made a pre-compiled binary version available on my mac.com home page for those that don't have the dev tools or don't want to muck around with compiling. Read the rest of the article for the brief instructions to get the pre-compiled binary working.]
To compile from source
- Using the above link to the source FTP site, download the file to a directory of your choice, and then 'cd' into that directory.
- Expand the file by first typing gzip -d deco383.tgz followed by tar -xvf deco383.tar. This should create a new directory called deco383.
- Type cd deco383 to move into the new directory.
- Type sudo ./configure and enter your admin password.
- Type sudo make (you shouldn't need the password again). This will create a binary executable called deco.
- Move the deco executable to the /usr/local/bin directory by typing sudo mv deco /usr/local/bin/deco.
To install the pre-compiled binary
- Download the deco.tar binary and let Expander expand the file, which will create deco.
- Make sure the deco file is somewhere you can easily get at it from the terminal; I'll assume it's in your ~/Documents directory. Open a terminal and type cd ~/Documents.
- Type sudo mv deco /usr/local/bin/deco.
- Type cd /usr/local/bin.
- We'll now set the owner/group for the new program by typing sudo chown root deco and then sudo chgrp wheel deco.
Exit the shell and start a new one (or type rehash) and then type deco to run the program. Once you're certain it's working, you can go back to the source directory and delete all the files if you compiled from source.
Since Terminal doesn't emulate keyboard funtion keys very well, use ESC-N where N is the number of the funtion key you want. To exit the program, hit ESC twice. Aside from that it works like a charm.
[Editor's note: The only problem I had with it was that it seemed to change the virtual size of my SSH terminal window; simply resizing the window borders fixed the problem, though. This did NOT occur when I ran it locally, so it appears to be a bug in the SSH client I'm using from OS 9.]
VFU is console (text mode) file manager for UNIX/Linux.
Main features are:
- Console (text mode)! ( yes -- repeat that :) )
- Fast single-key commands.
- Copy/move/erase of selected files/single file/single file while selection exists.
- Overwrite prompt when copy/move (Yes/No/Always/Never/...).
- Filename completion (incl. extended completion: `*some.zip' ).
- Powerfull ChangeDir function (w. history, preset favorite dirs...).
- Directory tree (with sizes).
- Directory size calculation (single dir/all dirs).
- Run-time dirs' sizes calculation! (cached from dir tree as option).
- Extensive user-defined external support/utils!
- Interactive/octal chmod and chown (for selected files/single/...).
- File-type colorization (by file type and or extension, DIR_COLORS supprot).
- Incremental search/masking in all file lists.
- Recursive and external rescanning ( Panelize ).
- Archives support (storage/directory) incl. view/browse/extract:
- TAR, ZIP, and many more...
- FTP support (archive-like interface).
- Internal text/hex file viewer (incl. hex editor!).
- Internal text editor! (Small one:))
- Automount feature .
- Works fine under xterm, rxvt, kvt (with colors etc.)
- + much more...
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