RE: How to Get Top level menus to open (Left, File, Options, Com and, Right)?

Hi Pavael,

Alt-9 /Esc 9 is just fine!  I just couldn't figure out where it was - maybe
an item in the help screen under Keys called "Getting to Top level menus"
mentioning that F9 PullDn is the key tht does this.  

But I should have remembered.  Sorry for the overly long message.

Ah, now I can see the wonderful commands like Directory Compare that made me
like this program so much...  

Does it run on OS X too?

Regards and best wishes,

Rich Katz

-----Original Message-----
From: Pavel Roskin
To: Richard Katz
Cc: mc gnome org
Sent: 7/13/2001 8:50 AM
Subject: Re: How to Get Top level menus to open  (Left, File, Options,
Comand, Right)?

Hi, Richard!

I'm using mc 4.5.0 (at the moment because I can't resolve the GLIB
right now) on RedHat 6.2 i86 and I'm using two different ssh terminals
(putty and SecureCRT) that go through gateways to get to the system
hosts mc.

RedHat 6.2 comes with glib-1.2.6 and mc-4.5.42.  It's much better than
mc-4.5.0.  Install them from the distribution.

When I run mc from a Gnome XTerm, everything works fine of course. But
general from the remote terminals, I am not getting X or Mouse

1.  How do I get the "Left" menu - or any of the other menus to open
the mouse working?  I can't use function keys.  I can't use Alt-Tab
that's Windows. I can use any control key.  I can use Esc, and I seem
to be
able to use Alt keys.

Esc-1 is F1, Esc-2 is F2, ... Esc-9 is F9 and Esc-0 is F10.

Just press Esc, release it, then press the number.

2.  Are you familiar with these or other ASCII terminal emulators?
o  It's unlikely that I can get either of these to perform X Server
on their own - although SecureCRT claims to have X11 forwarding
(if you have another X Server).

You should be able to redefine keys in MC by using "learn keys" in the

o  In Putty, when I turn XTerm mouse actions on, it does highlight
each of
the top level menu names and it also highlights the scrollbar - but
menus fail to open and the scroll bar doesn't scroll.  For instance,
if I
click on the word "Left" and then click the center button five times,
command prompt line reads:

    bash$ LeftLeftLeftLeftLeft

Mouse doesn't work over telnet/rsh/ssh.

3.  I can't map keys to get the menus to open either because I can't
get the
Options menu open in the first place to get to the key mapping

Esc 9 O K

4.  Is there a complete list of all keyboard actions somewhere?  I've
learned quite a bit by hunting around - such as the miraculous Alt-?
allegedly does a tree fgrep search. But *not* how to get top level

It's not fgrep, it's egrep.  You can search for things like `(foo|bar)'
(i.e. `foo' or `bar').

We probably need shortcuts for the menu and "learn keys" in the future
versions.  Also escape sequences for F11-F20 should be added.

5.  Is there a FAQ that applies to using mc (and/or similar programs)
terminal emulators?

File named `FAQ' in the MC sources is exactly that.  It's a bit
but it does document Esc-number sequences.

MC is is miraculous in it's appearance similarity to Norton - on putty
instance, when I start it with mc -c.  It looks just like it should.
I just
wish I could press Alt-F or something and have the File menu open

I agree, MC should use more shortcuts.  But support for Alt-F would be
inconsistent - Alt-C won't open "Commands" because it's already taken
"Quick cd".

Pavel Roskin

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