Midnight Commander Cheat Sheet

Midnight Commander is still my favourite Linux file browser and bulk file manipulation utility. The legacy of Norton Commander will never be forgotten!

How to show file sizes in human readable format

F9 / Left or Right / Listing format… / User defined:

Now simply add :4 to size, so that it’s size:4

Bob’s your uncle.

Reference: https://superuser.com/questions/1570436/how-to-show-file-sizes-in-midnight-commander-in-the-most-compact-form-smart-f

How to compress selected files

  1. Select them
  2. Press F2
  3. Press the ‘@’ sign
  4. Use this command:
7z a ARCHIVE_NAME.7z %s

What extra packages does Midnight Commander like?

If you want your Midnight Commander to have the maximum amount of functionality, installed these optional packages.

The pipe | links mean either|or so pick one that you prefer.

This is from 2019

arj catdvi | texlive-binaries dbview djvulibre-bin genisoimage gv libaspell-dev links | w3m | lynx odt2txt poppler-utils python-boto python-tz xpdf | pdf-viewer

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