Re: 4.7pre4

y199mp1505 gmail com wrote:
Hello Russian Team,

Please make sure you call your init/config files in a different way
from 4.6.1 or put them in a different directory.

Right now your are modifying 'ini' without considering that users
may want to leave the old 4.6.1 install intact.

Further, it seems to me that you are playing around with effects
(skins) and wasting time. You have no chance in hell to get
agreement from the (still) official maintainers and from the distros
maintainers on such visual aspects. Forget it.

You want to innovate? Here are two suggestions:

- A set of keybindings in the CUA tradition. Why is F8 used
  rather than Delete? If the reason is the (displayed) command
  line, the solution is that keypresses only reach the command
  line *after* a switch key (assume F8) is pressed. So Delete does
  delete and if you want to type on the command line you press the
  switch key first. This would also help with Backspace and others.

- Tree view. I do not know what the original authors of mc's tree
  view were thinking but that was mid-90s. Currently, the tree view
  is fairly standardized. You need a command to expand the tree one
  level (e.g. Right) or to expand it all levels (e.g. *) and to
  collapse it (e.g. Left). And yes, first admit unreservedly that
  the tree view is not just useful, it is indispensable.


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I think the name 4.7 pre4 suggests it's a beta version. Backing up ini files before starting to use it may be a good idea.

Skins may be wasting time, but editing the ini file manually in the 4.6 way to give mc a better appearance is an even bigger waste of time.

Actually mc implements a lot of CUA standards, but you seem to forget about the Norton/Total/Far traditions. I think it's equally (or more) important to conform to those traditions. Anybody who ever used a two-pane file-manager knows by heart what the keys F1 to F10 mean. And they all expect to be able to edit the command line without any further complications.

Best regards

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