Installing Midnight Commander (to be updated asap, 20110325)

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Using Ubuntu 9.10,  I decided to try a new version of Midnight Commander, the latest version, i.e. v 4.7.1.  See downloads.

I was able to compile the program after installing libgpm-dev and libslang2-dev

After downloading, I copied the file over to /usr/local. Then, in the /usr/local directory, I do ...

tar -xvjf mc-4.7.1.tar.bz2

I changed the permissions to reflect the main users on my system...

chown -R usera:userb mc-4.7.1

Go into the directory

cd mc-4.7.1

As a regular user I run...

./configure

make

sudo make install

after it completees, you should be able to run it by typing "mc" from whatever directory.

Note:  If you play around with the colors in Midnight Commander and you can't get back to the way it was, check your home directory for

~/.config/Terminal/terminalrc

All you should need to do is

mv terminalrc terminalrcbak

That fixed the font color for directories issue I was having, so it turns out that I didn't need to re-install Midnight Commander, after all, but one of the fixes is for a memory leak, so it's just as well.

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