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prevoo 09-17-2004 03:38 PM

midnight commander
It seems in Damn Small Linux the Midnight Commander doesn't
work like it suppose to work. The build in Editer won't work!
I can't edit a textfile. When I press F4 a strange black window appears.
Please help me.
remove mc to reinstall it fails. What a pitty I want to use DSL for it's
speed and simplicity but without mc I'm finished!

mikshaw 09-17-2004 10:58 PM

I think this "strange black window" is vim.
If you don't like it, press F9 while in mc, go to Options>Configuration and see if "use internal edit" is checked. If it isn't, you could change your environment variable "EDITOR" to what you want to use.

prevoo 09-18-2004 03:16 AM

The use internal editor is marked.
But MC refuses to open it's own editor.
You say change your environment variable "EDITOR"
How can I do that? I'm stucked here.
Thanks for helping me.

mikshaw 09-18-2004 09:47 AM

If "use internal" is marked and you're not getting anything, then there could be a bug....i haven't seen it yet, though.

Use the command "export EDITOR=new_editor" to set the variable.
You can add this to .bash_profile, .bashrc, or if you just want it applied to mc then add it to the menu item (~/.fluxbox/menu) or just type it in a shell before typing mc. "Use internal" must be unmarked in order for this to work.

prevoo 09-19-2004 04:36 AM

I tried what you wrote but it won't help.
Guess it's a bug then.
I reinstalled DSL several times (even on a different computer)
Midnight Commander seems to be a dissapointment.
And I can't remove it to reinstall it.
Damn Small Linux without a working MC is like making love
to a women with a wooden leg. :(

mikshaw 09-19-2004 03:58 PM

The only thing I've noticed about mc in DSL that I don't like is the lack of an extensions and user (F2) file...I still can't figure out what would cause the editor to fail.

prevoo 09-19-2004 04:26 PM

So I understand that you don't have this problem with mc.
That would be verry weard.
Well maybe you'll figure it out one of these days.
Thanks for your effort. I will stay on the watch for a solution.
And sorry for my crumbly English. :)

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