Midnight Commander is an old style console file manager which is easy to install and use on Centos 6/RHEL. It can be very useful in certain situations, such as when the cp command refuses to overwrite a file or folder because it 'exists', enabling you to get some things done which you couldn't accomplish with cp, mv or rm. It can be used both locally and remotely and in a console or under X Window System. You can compile from source or just use the repo version as below.
To obtain it from the standard repo, just issue the command
$ sudo yum -y install mc
Fire it up either in the console or terminal emulator with
It opens up with 2 panes for you to navigate between, starting in whichever directory you happen to be in.
Some basic commands for mc are listed below to get started.
Tab -- Change between panels
Arrows Up/Down -- Scroll up and down
Arrows Left/Right -- Go to parent directory
F5 -- Copy
F6 -- Move or Rename
F9 -- Access the menu bar at the top
F10 -- Quit
A list of the F key functions is laid out at the bottom.
$ man mc for more info, flags etc.
Check out https://www.gnu.org/software/mc/ for more.
Midnight Commander is a handy little tool, along with Elinks Text Browser for accomplishing certain jobs in Linux.
Labels: Centos 6, Midnight Commander console file manager, RHEL