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[Oct 29, 2013] Some 64 bit Farmanager plugin links by Justin Dearing

Mar 27. 2012 | Just A Programmer

Iíve previously written about my love of FAR, the File and ARchive manager. One of its greatest strengths is all the plugins written for it. However, some of the most popular plugins are no longer maintained (because they just work), and were not ported to 64 bit. Luckily, this is becoming less and less of an issue.

I have therefore compiled this short list of sites with 64-bit FarManager plugins. BTW these days U run nightly builds of Far3. Some of these plugins might not work in Far2.

UPDATES 2012-09-06:

[Oct 29, 2013] My new favorite tool, the Far File manager by Justin Dearing

Jun 21, 2010 | Just A Programmer

Installing Far and plugins.

Far is available on There is a 1.7 and 2.0 version. The 2.0 version supports unicode asnd the 1.7 version us the legacy ascii version. You can get 64 bit binaries for both versions. You can install far via an MSI, or a 7-zip archive.

After you install Far, you will want to install several plugins. I will highlight my favorite ones here. ote that while binaries compiled against the far 1.7 SDK will work with Far 2.0, 32 bit plugins will not work with 64 bit far. For this reason you probably want to install the 32 bit version of Far, unless you are like me and like pain.

Except where mentioned, these plugins can either be found at the plugring site, or for 64 bit binaries, the evil programmers google code project. I will go through some of the plugins I like below.


As far as I know, there is no 64 bit version of this available yet. However, I probably just havenít found it yet. If you install far without this plugin, you can browse the contents of most archives in Far. However, you will not be able to copy files out of them. Iíve yet to try getting the built-in archive support full working. However, with all the archives supported by 7-zip, Iím in no hurry to.

Event Viewer

This works like a text mode only version of eventvwr.exe. Iíve yet to find a truly compelling case to use it over the standar gui version. However, its nice to have an alternative tool for any job.

Service Manager

This is really convenient. It lists drivers and services temperately. It also allows you to edit things you canít in the mmc snap-in, such as the path to the binary the service executes. Finally, it lets you create a new service. You rarely need to do this, but when you do its hard to find a good tool for the job.

User Manager

This one is really useful, especially on XP Home edition. Functionality is similar to the ďLocal Users and GroupsĒ section of the Computer Management MMC snap-in on XP Pro. The thing I really love about it is you can set the ďUser must change password at next logonĒ flag on a user in XP Home Edition. I spent the good part of a train ride from Penn Station to Islip on Friday failing to achieve this in other ways. Iím not saying its the only way this task can be done. Iím just saying that this plugin will let me accomplish this task easily.

User Must Change Password At Next Logon


The arbitrariness of alphabetical order has put what is perhaps the most useful plugin last. There is a GUI scp/sftp client for windows called WinSCP. The author also made a Far plug-in based on the same code.

This plug-in, along with the 7-zip one, also take advantage of one of the most powerful intrinsic features of Far. With Far, you can copy any file from one panel to another, regardless of whether the panels contain a local folder, a unc path, the inside of an archive, or a sftp folder. Because of this, Far is a great tool for moving files to and from remote servers.


Far is a great file manager, and I will spend more time getting to know it. I think all programmers and sys-admins that work with Windows should get familiar with it as well.

Bookmark Commander

Bookmark Commander is a Midnight Commander clone made to work with Chrome bookmarks.

[May 23, 2013] WinSCP 5.1.5 released

Download winscp515setup.exe

5.1.4, 2013-02-18

5.1.3, 2013-01-06

5.1.2, 2012-12-02

5.1.1, 2012-11-06

[Mar 28, 2013] Far Manager v3.0 build 3258 x86 is available (2013-03-20)

[Mar 28, 2013] Re midnight commander internal cd in scripts

On Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:16:17 +0200 Elad Rom wrote:
Is there a way to cd into a folder (be it ssh, ftp or local folders)
from an existing instance of midnight commander through a shell script?

Inside an open MC instance, in my home folder, there is a file called "".
When I hit enter on this executable, I want mc to cd into the directory I specify inside the file (E.g. 
as if I'm using the cd in the mini-command line or via quick cd.
When you run shell script, you run new shell which is child process of MC.
When you do cd in the script, you change working directory of that child
shell. Working directory of parent is unchanged. You unable to change working
directory of parent from child.

You have to use the "source" built-in shell command to run script in current
process context. This allows you change current directory from script.

Search using MC
Google is becoming the most powerful entity in the world, 
because knowledge search, AND FIND, is the most profitable
activity, at this stage of humanity's technological development.

`mc` has got some nice little search aids.
An important reason why *pdf is to be discouraged, is that it HOGS
text search.

Here's a well used/tested script to find eg. that critical file
which mentioned <String1> <String2> <String3> which you read in
the last D-days, and fortunately you're confident that it's in
the DirectoryTree $5:--------

echo ' Fnd3StrngsD DaysOld Str1 Str2 Str3 DirTree'

    find $5 -type f -ctime -$1 -print0 | \
    xargs -0 grep -l $2 | tr "\n" "\0" | \
    xargs -0 grep -l $3 | tr "\n" "\0" | \
    xargs -0 grep -l $4
--------------- EOF ----------------

Now lets evolve a script that:

Finds a string which we recently read/editied with `mc`,
in some unknown file, by hopefully using <mc's history>,
or what ever YOU can think of.

BTW, mc is well respected by those who've found its use, although there's a
substantial sector who have a macho-kiddie attitude that "I don't need menus
and memory aids, and I can type fluently like Rubenstein plays the piano".

OTOH, mc-users are missing out on the [should be there] USER contributed
library of utilities, which conveniently hook-into the existing mc framework.

Real successful projects flourish by user contributions; not just fixing
patches reported by users.

Here's my initial stab at the above problem:-
=> Find recent ref to <visual?studio>
==> search <mc-history>
=> whereis <mc-history> ==  ~/.mc/history
=> how BIG is it?  -> cat  ~/.mc/history | wc -l == 880
==> is it update at the top or bottom?
== *THIS* file is the latest that mc has 'seen'
-> cat  ~/.mc/history | grep AmbigusXmpls == na
=?=>  grep AmbigusXmpls is not yet recorded in  ~/.mc/history
==> nor when we exit and change panels.
That's dissapointing and surprising, since a related script idea which has
 proved successful for 6 months: F1 <string>
 successfully list the <files | grep string> which have recently bee visited.

F1 is a mess, with some non-mc-stuff but this is it:--
-> cat `which F1` ==
# p0 == cat /tmp/ObnTmp      ;  p  "text string" == echo $1 >>  /tmp/ObnTmp
cat /tmp/ObnTmp | grep $1
cat /s4 | grep $1
#cat /home/Softwr/mcExtend/filepos.history

cat ~/.mc/filepos  | grep $1
cat ~/.mc/history  | grep $1
------------------------- EOF ----------------------------------

So let's move beyond "how can I get my mc to run properly".


PS. I can't believe that *THIS* file is unknown;
so let me try my PROVEN: -> F1 mbigus
== /mnt/hdc11/AI/LimitSyntx/AmbigusXmpls 60;0

OK, so it's NOT in  ~/.mc/history.
It's KNOWN somewhere else, where `F1` searches.
Now lets have others contribute, something: evolve/complete this utility.


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