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I can drastically simplify your hint!
Authored by: nyarlathotep on Jan 24, '04 10:49:30PM

I have a far far shorter version of this hint:

[code] fink install mc [\code]

This will install everything you need, that is the function of fink. In addition, when you get fed up with typing "mc" when you meant "mv" you can just type "fink remove mc" (or you could just learn that command+F10 quits mc). Yes, repeat after me: package managment is good, package managment is your friend, without package managment we would all be living in the stone age of windows DLL insanity.

Anyway, one should use fink for absolutely everything for which one can possibly use it for. Installing midnight commander is litterally the command above.

Now I'll admit that some programs are broken or not avaialble in fink. For these, it's not hard to learn how to modify fink's .info files manually. At any given time I maintain between 5 and 8 variant .info files in my /sw/fink/10.3/stable directory and fink warns me of every single one every time it selfupdates by printing a little ?. If I ever get a conflict, I just take a look at what their new .info file has to offer and probably switch over. Obviously, traditional mac users will never be effected by this last comment, as they will never even know about the programs which fink does not do well.

If you have not done so, try typing "fink list | more" sometime (assuming that you have at least installed fink). You will see that fink really has a lot more to offer then a random selection of haphazardly installed programs recommended off macosxhints.com.



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I can drastically simplify your hint!
Authored by: nyarlathotep on Jan 24, '04 10:53:52PM
Oops, that should read
 fink install mc [\code]

Any admin who cares is welcome to fix my comment and delte this one, or now.. whatever.


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I can drastically simplify your hint!
Authored by: fds on Jan 25, '04 05:57:14PM
Look, have you bothered to read the hint? I specifically mean the part which begins as:
Unfortunately, the Fink copy is barely usable...
If you did, and what you mean to say is that Fink got an update since I submitted my hint about a month ago, that's good to hear, I'd like you to confirm that:

- using Apple's Terminal.app, mc starts in full color with all F1-F10 function keys and arrow keys properly working in xterm mode
- that you can use Ctrl-O
- that it no longer installs endless amounts of packages which are absolutely unnecessary for a console-mode mc (as opposed to the Gnome version)
- that invoking mc -V says "With subshell support as default," as opposed to without subshell support...

If the answer to all of the above is yes, then I too can wholeheartedly recommend going with the Fink copy.

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