How To Install MC (Midnight Commander) 4.8.13 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 And Derivatives

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Midnight Commander, or MC, is a file manager released under the GNU licence. Like every file manager, it enables the users to easily copy, move, delete and manage files and folders, having a full-screen text mode user interface. The latest version available is Midnight Commander 4.8.13, which has been recently released, coming with the below changes:

  • New engine of user-friendly interruption of long-time operations
  • Improvements of syntax highlighting: CMake, PHP
  • Translate language names in the spelling assistant dialogue
  • Add separate normal(default) colour pair for viewer
  • Dealing with utf-8 man pages in view/open
  • “Goto line” is 1-based now
  • Code cleanup
  • Add new skins: gray-green-purple256 and gray-orange-blue256

And Fixes:

  • First Backspace/Delete? is ignored after mouse click in an input widget
  • Recursive find file doesn’t work on Samba share
  • Recursive find file doesn’t work on Windows NFS share
  • Incorrect file counter in move operation
  • “Directory scanning” window is too narrow
  • Colon is not recognized inside escape seq in prompt
  • Quick view doesn’t grab focus on mouse click
  • fish subshell: overridden prompt
  • mcviewer: broken switch between raw and parse modes
  • mcviewer: incorrect percentage in mcview hex mode
  • RAR VFS incorrectly recognizes UnRAR version
  • viewbold and viewselected are missing from some skins
  • Incorrect enconding name for manual page
  • “User menu -> View manual page” doesn’t do coloring

For detailed information about this release, see the changelog.

In this article I will show you how to install MC (Midnight Commander) 4.8.13 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Midnight Commnader 4.8.13 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the mc package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eugenesan/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install mc

Optional, to remove mc, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove mc

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