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[Dec 07, 2014]  30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013

WinSCP is definitely OFM of the year for 2014. The current stable version is 5.5.6. Progress of this application was notes by many astute observes of such tools. for example it was listed among 30 cool applications by cyberciti.biz  the last year. This year it became better. this is actually pretty amazing and innovative OFM. with ability to have multiple scp sessions in the second panel, favorites and many more cool features. It have tab, saved sessions (with the ability to create icons for each !), favorites both for loacl filesystem and remote filesystem and many other useful features. Built-in editor is pretty good. Those who use Putty can open Putty for each saved remote host.
The set of currently open sessions, can be saves as workspace and restored later. Bookmarks can site-specific or shared -- nice feature that prevent clutter of bookmarks. Sections can be copied (via "Clone to new site" option !) and edited.

18 WinSCP - Easily transfer file using scp

It is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is the secure file transfer between local and server under your control. Most new MS-Windows user find WinSCP an easier to use as compare to putty and friends.

Operating system : MS-Windows
Purpose : SFTP/FTP client
Download url : winscp.net

[Dec 06, 2014]  MC tabs

18 Oct 2014 | mail.gnome.org

Dear all,

Sorry for the delay. I've had some personal problems but now I am ready to take care of the mc tabs. Please note that I've modified the 1581 ticket and also attached a patch there.

Egmont, I've also added basically everything that you said I should in our last conversation.

Now the tabs are responsive to the mouse, can be moved from one panel to the other, the current tab can be copied to the current panel and also the current tabs on both panels can be swapped.

Extra, the tabs position can be changed.

I am using mc-4.8.13 with tabs without problems since more than one month daily at my work (Win7/cygwin), at home (arch linux) and on my servers (red hat and cent os).

Before, I've used without problems mc-4.8.10 with tabs for I think more than one year.

Regards,
Cosmin Popescu.

[Nov 12, 2014]  MC Tutorial by Jane Trembath

All shortcuts are noted in the menus. In mc's keyboard shortcut notation, 'C-x i' would mean press Ctrl and x simultaneously, release both then press i. M refers to the Alt key. A few common shortcuts:

• Ctrl R - refresh or rescan directory view
• Alt-shift ? - find file
• Ctrl-x d - compare directories (release ctrl-x before pressing d)
• Ctrl \ - open directory hotlist
• Ctrl-x c (o,s,l) - chmod, chown, symlink, link
• Alt c - quick cd (opens a box, quicker to type than arrowing through if you know its full path)
• (Shift) + - select group. Can enter wildcards to highlight a certain type or name of file.
• (Shift) * - reverse selection. Changes highlighting to all unselected files. Handy to use these two in combination if you are trying to quickly select all but a certain group.
• \ - unselect group. Opposite of +.

The command line

Although I don't use the command line much in mc, it should execute whatever you have typed into it. If you wish to su, it will return you to the terminal to type in your password. Then relaunch mc as root; if you ctl-o, it will take you back as user.

While anything remains typed into the command line, the sideways arrow keys move through the text and won't work to navigate in the panels. If your arrow keys suddenly don't work, check and clear the command line.

To scroll back and forth through command history, use alt - p for previous and alt - n for next command instead of the the up and down arrow keys (as in the terminal window), since mc uses them for navigating.

[Nov 08, 2014]  Re: mc-4.8.13 with tabs

mail.gnome.org


The patch is at https://www.midnight-commander.org/ticket/1581

On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM, Mike Smithson <mdooligan gmail com> wrote:

On Thu, 06 Nov 2014 04:00:04 -0800, <mc-devel-request gnome org> wrote:
 
I am using mc-4.8.13 with tabs without problems since more than one month
daily at my work (Win7/cygwin), at home (arch linux) and on my servers (red hat and cent os).

Before, I've used without problems mc-4.8.10 with tabs for I think more
than one year.
 


How do I test out this mc-4.8.13 with tabs?
 

mc tabs



Dear all,

Sorry for the delay. I've had some personal problems but now I am ready to take care of the mc tabs. Please note that I've modified the 1581 ticket and also attached a patch there.

Egmont, I've also added basically everything that you said I should in our last conversation.

Now the tabs are responsive to the mouse, can be moved from one panel to the other, the current tab can be copied to the current panel and also the current tabs on both panels can be swapped.

Extra, the tabs position can be changed.

I am using mc-4.8.13 with tabs without problems since more than one month daily at my work (Win7/cygwin), at home (arch linux) and on my servers (red hat and cent os).

Before, I've used without problems mc-4.8.10 with tabs for I think more than one year.

Regards,
Cosmin Popescu.

[Oct 30, 2014] Happy 20th Birthday!

Oct 29, 2014 | mail.gnome.org

From: Egmont Koblinger <egmont gmail com>

Recently I did some digging about the history of mc. It's unclear when the first version was released, the oldest I could find is mc-0.3 released on Apr 29, 1994 [1].

Version 1.0, the first one bearing the name "Midnight Commander" was released on Oct 29, 1994 [2]; exactly 20 years ago. (If you wonder what the original name was: check out the links!)

A short blog entry from its author is at [3].

A very long, interesting story about mc's history can be read at [4].

Sadly, as this post points out, mc almost died twice already – and the really sad aspect that casts a shadow to the current birthday is that I personally feel it's dying again for the third time.

The initial passion from the new maintainers has faded. They hardly have time to work on the project. Many patches or important bugreports go unnoticed for long months or even years. Some tickets have heated technical discussions between some non-maintainers, yet the maintainers remain silent. Some contributors have already expressed that they've lost motivation due to the lack of response from developers, and alas more (including myself) are likely to follow. (This whole issue has been raised in [5].) I really don't know how this problem could be solved... I'm just hoping that we'll be able to figure out something.

Anyways, for now, let's celebrate 20 years of Midnight Commander :)

[1] http://www.informatica.co.cr/linux-desktops/research/1994/0504.html
[2] http://www.informatica.co.cr/linux-desktops/research/1994/1031.html
[3] http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009/Oct-06.html
[4] http://www.softpanorama.org/OFM/Paradigm/Ch04/mc.shtml
[5] https://www.midnight-commander.org/ticket/3004

From: "Mike Smithson" <mdooligan gmail com>

Today's Topics:

1. Happy 20th Birthday! (Egmont Koblinger)

...

Sadly, as this post points out, mc almost died twice already ? and the really sad aspect that casts a shadow to the current birthday is that I personally feel it's dying again for the third time.

The initial passion from the new maintainers has faded. They hardly have time to work on the project. Many patches or important bugreports go unnoticed for long months or even years. Some tickets have heated technical discussions between some non-maintainers, yet the maintainers remain silent. Some contributors have already expressed that they've lost motivation due to the lack of response from developers, and alas more (including myself) are likely to follow. (This whole issue has been raised in [5].) I really don't know how this problem could be solved... I'm just hoping that we'll be able to figure out something. Anyways, for now, let's celebrate 20 years of Midnight Commander :)

1994? Yes, there are few records of the history of this obscure code.

I've been using mc since the days when it sucked. The 4.6 years were pretty good, it worked well already, and some major things were hacked out. 4.8 series is awesome. I got away from it for a few years, came back, and some clever people had worked it right over. Sure, they missed a few things, but the code cleanup was great.

Thank you who ever you are.

I would help, I have a bunch of patches I apply to every new version.

I don't understand the ticket system. I set one up, someone made a bizarre reply to it, and that's all that happened. I even showed the exact code that accomplished it. Nobody said yes or no, there was no dialog whether it sucked or was good. Someone just told me to make a ticket. Sounds like Russians to me. :)

I would love to help. Tell me how.

ps I like having my personal hacks for something like mc. It is my file manager. I don't use Nautilus or whatever. Maybe mc-4.8.13 is getting very close to as perfect as software can get. It is very effective.

I think forums work better than mailing lists. I want to frame things up and respond to critique. And make it easy to do so. Developers *are* users.

mc is not Twinkies(tm) in crisp plastic wrap. It's more like something you cook at home.

There ya go. Midnight Commander Cookbook.

A million magic hacks.

--

Peace and Cheer

[Sep 05, 2014] Midnight Commander 4.8.13 released

https://mail.gnome.org/archives/mc-devel/2014-September/msg00000.html
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Hi all,

mc-4.8.13 now released.

Download page: http://ftp.midnight-commander.org/?C=N;O=D


Major changes and fixes since 4.8.12

- -Core
  * New engine of user-friendly interruption of long-time operations
(#2136)

- - Editor
  * Improvements of syntax highlighting:
    * CMake (#3216)
    * PHP (#3230)
  * Translate language names in the spelling assistant dialogue (#3233)

- -Viewer
  * Add separate normal(default) colour pair for viewer (#3204)
  * Dealing with utf-8 man pages in view/open (#1539)
  * "Goto line" is 1-based now (#3245)

- - Misc
  * Code cleanup (#3189, #3223, #3242)
  * Add new skins: gray-green-purple256 and gray-orange-blue256 (#3190)

- - Fixes
  * First Backspace/Delete is ignored after mouse click in an input
widget (#3225)
  * Recursive find file doesn't work on Samba share (#3097)
  * Recursive find file doesn't work on Windows NFS share (#3202)
  * Incorrect file counter in move operation (#3196, #3209)
  * "Directory scanning" window is too narrow (#3162)
  * Colon is not recognized inside escape seq in prompt (#3241)
  * Quick view doesn't grab focus on mouse click (#3251)
  * fish subshell: overridden prompt (#3232, #3237)
  * mcviewer: broken switch between raw and parse modes (#3219)
  * mcviewer: incorrect percentage in mcview hex mode (#3258)
  * RAR VFS incorrectly recognizes UnRAR version (#3240)
  * viewbold and viewselected are missing from some skins (#3244)
  * Incorrect enconding name for manual page (#3239)
  * "User menu -> View manual page" doesn't do coloring (#3243)

[May 19, 2014] WinSCP 5.5.3 released



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