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Re: MC (was: Rsync)




Weaver composed on 2017-11-05 17:55 (UTC-0800):

> David Wright wrote:

>> On Sun 05 Nov 2017 at 12:18:50 (-0800), Weaver wrote:

>>> Brian wrote:

>>> > On Sun 05 Nov 2017 at 19:51:48 +0000, Brian wrote:

>>> >> Midnight Commander and locate are also very useful additions, but that
>>> >> does merit including them in Priority: standard.
>>> >       ^
>>> >       not

>>> Not so sure about locate, but I'd include MC, with internal edit, some
>>> time before I'd include, say, Nano.

>> IMO you have to have an editor suitable for root to configure the
>> system. Vi is fine for those who know it, but it has to be learnt.
>> Almost anyone who can read can use nano with no knowledge whatsoever.

>> As for MC, it's in the population of programs that I would never run
>> as root, along with X, Emacs, …Office, browsers, media players (does
>> that cover it?). Root does not need Swiss Army knives slashing about.

> Well, I don't know if I'd describe MC as `a Swiss Army Knife'. Thunar
> and nautilus, maybe.
> I also find aptitude handy at that level (before I've installed a DE,
> because I can see what I have installed and get every package
> description, installed or uninstalled, right there in the NCurses
> interface. Wordgrinder's another I'd fit in that category, for those who
> don't want a GUI and LibreOffice Writer.

> I certainly wouldn't fit MC into the category of a multi-Megabyte
> browser or media programme requiring a heavy GUI interface.
> With all due respect, that's a bit over the top. 

Not having MC is a handicap I won't long tolerate. In any unfamiliar
environment, it's the first thing I look for. On a fresh Debian minimal
installation I make, apt install mc is usually the first or second entry to go
into root's .bash_history.
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