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Old 08-04-2008, 11:56 AM   #1
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recommend a CLI file browser

Hey all,

i am running a server at work and don't want to run X on it if i do not have to.

I was looking for some good advice in picking a command line file browser. The easier to learn, the better. Whatever it is, i will take the time to learn it up front ( like vim )

thanks for any suggestions.
Old 08-04-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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Midnight Commander is arguably the most famous. It's also installed on most distros that I'm aware of. Type mc into a terminal, and you're away.
Old 08-04-2008, 12:24 PM   #3
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cool enough, thanks
Old 08-04-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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I've heard of Midnight Commander, I haven't tried it out yet. So far all I use is ls, cd, rm, mkdir, mv. A short discussion about mc has got me thinking about trying it out.
Old 08-04-2008, 02:23 PM   #5
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I would also advocate mc. While I rarely need to use a file manager interface, knowing one is there can be handy.
Old 08-04-2008, 04:01 PM   #6
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I use it all the time - I use Gnome and sometimes Xfce as a Desktop but I just cannot get used to the graphical interfaces like Nautilus...
mc is much faster for me - probably because I'm used to it.
And sadly: it is not installed by default in Ubuntu for example.
No obstacle for me - but most Ubuntu users will not even know it exists.
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I'm partial to:
du | less
Emacs has had a OS-neutral file browser since forever - "dired". Newer versions of "vim", I understand, have a similar feature:

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