This is version 1.0 of the Midnight Commander, previously known as the
MouseLess Commander, but this name doesn't fit very well anymore. The
principal changes since the last beta version are documented at the
end of this document.
The Midnight Commander is a directory browsing tool with a very close
look and feel to John Socha's Norton Commander for DOS (it's very
nice, fast and we have tested it for months, you really need a copy of
it). The program currently has been run on the following
And since now we are using GNU's autoconf, it should be pretty easy to
port to other configurations.
I have uploaded the Midnight Commander 1.0 to sunsite.unc.edu in the
directory /pub/Linux/Incoming as the file mc-1.0.tar.gz and will be
moved sometime to /pub/Linux/utils/file/managers.
The Midnight Commander comes with mouse support on xterms and on the
Linux console. The mouse support on the Linux console depends on the
availability of the GPM Mouse Server, you can get this one from
iride.unipv.it in the directory /pub/gpm.
The Midnight Commander was written by Miguel de Icaza, Janne
Kukonlehto and Mauricio Plaza. We have setup a mailing list for
discussing the development of the program, reporting bugs and
proposing new enhancements, to suscribe send a mail to
And this is are the changes from the last beta version 0.14:
- Improvements to the internal file viewer:
Now you can view compressed files (gzip, compress, zip, pack and lzh).
Performance enhancements, now it's much faster.
Works on systems without mmap.
- Mouse Support now also works on xterms.
If you run in the Linux console, you will still need the gpm mouse server
to use the mouse support, but if you use xterms, then you're lucky
and can use the mouse support when using xterms.
- Help system and man page.
Both were updated and has many more hypertext links inside, the
help system can also be used with a mouse.
- If running on xterms, now you can see the output of the last program
you ran by using the C-o key combination.
- Switch panels command (C-u)
- With filter command per panel.
- With auto mounting/umounting on chdir feature.
- With tilde expansion (~, ~user).
- Much more portable.
- The documentantation is much clearer and has been enhanced.
- Many bugs were fixed.
- Much better messages.
- No more hard coded limits (on input lines, directory sizes, internal
buffers and more).
And here it's the LSM file:
Title: Midnight Commander
Entered-date: 29 Oct 1994.
Description: File manager with mouse support.
Keywords: File manager, mouse support, gpm client, user shell,
Primary-site: sunsite.unc.edu /pub/Linux/utils/file/managers
Alternate-site: ftp.nuclecu.unam.mx /linux/local
Platforms: ncurses 1.8.5; ftp.netcom.com:/pub/zmbenhal
if Mouse Support is required on the Linux Console,
then the GPM mouse server, available at:
Mouse support on xterms is standard.
Be sure to include Keywords: and a short description of your software.