Midnight Commander 4.8.10 OSX

GNU Midnight Commander (also referred to as MC) is a user shell with text-mode full-screen interface. It can be run on the OS console, in xterm and other terminal emulators.

GNU Midnight Commander allows you to manage files while making most of you screen and giving you a clear representation of the filesystem, yet it’s simple enough to be run over a telnet or ssh session.

Midnight Commander OSX Universal Binary

Next to official release of stable sources, this universal binary (i386, ppc) built (without source code modification) and linked with following libraries:
– gettext v0.18.1.1
– glib v2.21.6
– pkg-config v0.23

Configured with options: –disable-dependency-tracking –disable-shared –with-screen=ncurses –with-vfs –enable-vfs-mcfs –with-edit –without-x –with-subshell –enable-charset –enable-extcharset –enable-background –enable-netcode

[~/Development/porting/mc ]
$mc --version
GNU Midnight Commander 4.8.10
Built with GLib 2.21.6
Using the ncurses library
With builtin Editor
With subshell support as default
With support for background operations
With mouse support on xterm
With internationalization support
With multiple codepages support
Virtual File Systems: cpiofs, tarfs, sfs, extfs, ftpfs, fish
Data types: char: 8; int: 32; long: 32; void *: 32; size_t: 32; off_t: 64;

This release requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and tested on 10.5 Leopard (PPC/x86), 10.6 Snow Leopard (x86), 10.7 Lion (x86) and 10.8 Mountain Lion (x86).

Download installer package: mc-4.8.10-bin-osx-universal.zip (list of other Mac binary releases)

Original sources: www.midnight-commander.org

Major changes since 4.8.9

The installer does not asks for password, and because of not-granted permissions it cannot create a needed folder structure.

BomFileError 13: Permission denied — ///usr/local/bin/antiword
Install failed: Some files for usr may not have been written correctly.

asp_id, 2013. október 02 @ 05:33

I can not reproduce this error yet, which version of Mac OS X do you have?

LouiSe, 2013. október 02 @ 19:14

I’m using Tiger 10.4.11.

asp_id, 2013. október 02 @ 21:20

The Installation Failed

From Console:
uid=501, euid=501
Permission Denied
The Installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.

As the same as asp_id, the installer does not ask for password.

corruptedSoul, 2013. október 14 @ 06:08

Hello, on 10.6 I’m having the following issue:

The installation fails at the last step:

Afterwards I’m having the error message below if I try to start mc from the Terminal:

dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libintl.8.dylib
Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/mc
Reason: image not found
Trace/BPT trap

Any idea, how to resolve this?

Attila Fulop, 2013. október 28 @ 21:36

good day!

how i can uninstall it?

toniquone, 2013. október 30 @ 18:11

How to remove it? Thank you.

Alter, 2013. november 28 @ 15:06

How to remove it? Thank you. I need to know. please answer

Alter, 2013. december 02 @ 20:15

asp_id: install it with pacifist, and give admin rights to the install. It should solve it.

nmakk, 2013. december 21 @ 14:10

Sorry, haven’t unistaller script yet, just take Pacifist as Robert mentioned: http://www.charlessoft.com

LouiSe, 2014. január 02 @ 17:10

The select button (insert key) doesn’t work when pressing FN+ENTER

Tamer, 2014. január 11 @ 02:37

Try CTRL+T instead of insert…

LouiSe, 2014. január 11 @ 09:29

Just installed, and the install process seemed to work without any hickup, but I cannot find a way to start the program itself. It won’t start when I type “mc” in the terminal(I just get the usual -bash: mc: command not found). I have also used spotlight to look for the binary(supposedly named mc?), and I cannot find it anywhere.


Christian Orderud, 2014. február 03 @ 15:22

Oh, and I’m on Mavericks(10.9) btw.

Christian Orderud, 2014. február 03 @ 15:23

Hi Christian,

MC binaries and configuration files installed onto “/usr/local” area on your root partition.

louise-macbook:~ louise$ ls /usr/local/bin/mc

louise-macbook:~ louise$ which mc

louise-macbook:~ louise$ echo $PATH
LouiSe, 2014. február 03 @ 15:32

Just try to quit from terminal and start a new one for new PATH values…

LouiSe, 2014. február 03 @ 15:33

CTRL-T is marvellous to know! Is there anything similar for ALT-ENTER? (ALT-ENTER on other platforms puts the current filename in the mc shell prompt)

Attila Fulop, 2014. február 03 @ 15:49

Attila: try “ESC+ENTER” to insert selected filename into prompt string… :)

LouiSe, 2014. február 03 @ 15:59

@Louise: I owe you a beer or two :)

Attila Fulop, 2014. február 03 @ 16:05

Thanks! Worked perfectly! :)

Christian Orderud, 2014. február 06 @ 15:20

Help! After years of using MC in Linux, I’ve recently installed it on a Mac. (I’m not very familiar with Macs!) MC 4.8.10 has installed and appears to run fine, but how do I access the drop down menus at the top? The old standby of clicking on them doesn’t seem to work! Also how do I access the “F” menus at the bottom?

Sorry if these are dumb questions, but I’m finding the Mac OS very difficult to get my head around after the simplicity of Linux!

Peter Christy, 2014. február 11 @ 13:49

Belay that last request! I’ve managed to work it out! Mac OS is making my head hurt!!!

Peter Christy, 2014. február 11 @ 14:37

Peter: try to press ESC key and then 9 (just like F9)

LouiSe, 2014. február 11 @ 14:46

How I can get to work sftp vfs?
I enter in mc cd sftp://user@host.com, press enter and got:
Cannot chdir to “sftp://user@host.com”
Undefined error: 0 (0)

Vadim F., 2014. március 30 @ 01:29

Nagyon szépen köszönöm és további jó munkát kívánok!

pagos, 2014. április 02 @ 14:04

Author do not see the problem with install as libraries are already in place. Installer should be made to ask for Admin privileges (ask for password) which will enable proper install (otherwise it fails but still works on 10.6.8)

The workaround is to invoke Installer as superuser, open Midnight package and procede as expected. Keep in mind that opening Installer as superuser will be out of your home directory, so navigate back to Midnight package.

Invoking installer as superuser:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Installer.app/Contents/MacOS/Installer

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