How can I install Midnight Commander on pfSense?



  • I'm really lost without mc. I tried to run pkg install mc but that didn't work. What else can I try?

    I notice that mc has no been included in the core build of FreeNAS which is nice. Maybe the folks at pfSense could do the same…


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Granted I never did sip the Midnight Commander kool-aid so my exposure is minimal, but what about it is so important that you'd need it on a firewall?

    With X11 support disabled its dependencies don't appear to be too bad, so there's a chance we could maybe make it available in our pkg repository.



  • It's supposedly an easy to use file manager (for being an ncurses application) but since there are better ones like Filezilla, WinSCP and others that can use an SFTP connection and offer a proper GUI on your workstation I don't see why you would want to install it on pfSense.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Yeah, I've used it a little here and there, and just reinstalled it to check how it runs and what dependencies the package ends up using. It's nice, sure, but I'm not convinced it belongs on a firewall but perhaps I'm overlooking a potential use case that isn't obvious since I don't use it.



  • @jimp:

    Granted I never did sip the Midnight Commander kool-aid so my exposure is minimal, but what about it is so important that you'd need it on a firewall?

    With X11 support disabled its dependencies don't appear to be too bad, so there's a chance we could maybe make it available in our pkg repository.

    When I don't have access to Midnight Commander at the console it's very tiresome looking around the system to see what's going on - constant cd  dir cd dir and then you misspell one of those unrememberable long file names.  With MC you just need to use the arrow keys and enter, and it has a built in editor and viewer, as well as 1000's of other features most of which I have even tried.

    Please, please, please make it available as a pkg. It is so useful that Freenas now has it built in to the base build.



  • Any update about having Midnight Commander available as an installable pkg?



  • why are you wont do it manual?

    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/xproto-7.0.28.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/kbproto-1.0.7.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libXdmcp-1.1.2.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libpthread-stubs-...
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libXau-1.0.8_3.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libxcb-1.11.1.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libX11-1.6.3,1.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/png-1.6.20.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libslang2-2.3.0.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/xextproto-7.3.0.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libXext-1.3.3_1,1...
    
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/mc-4.8.15.txz
    


  • @Balanga:

    When I don't have access to Midnight Commander at the console it's very tiresome looking around the system to see what's going on - constant cd  dir cd dir and then you misspell one of those unrememberable long file names.  With MC you just need to use the arrow keys and enter, and it has a built in editor and viewer, as well as 1000's of other features most of which I have even tried.

    Please, please, please make it available as a pkg. It is so useful that Freenas now has it built in to the base build.

    Use the "Tab" key to auto-complete directories & filenames.


  • Banned



  • @kobzar:

    why are you wont do it manual?

    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/xproto-7.0.28.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/kbproto-1.0.7.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libXdmcp-1.1.2.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libpthread-stubs-...
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libXau-1.0.8_3.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libxcb-1.11.1.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libX11-1.6.3,1.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/png-1.6.20.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libslang2-2.3.0.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/xextproto-7.3.0.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/libXext-1.3.3_1,1...
    
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:10:x86:64/release_3/All/mc-4.8.15.txz
    

    Thanks for the list. Unfortunately two of these items are truncated, but I managed to figure out what they were, although there are a couple of dependencies missing… I have got mc installed though.



  • For people who used to certain tools, they become essential.
    You can't compare mc to any other - Winscp is clumsy and not too keyboard oriented.
    Using ls and tab for directory competition? Good at times, but full ncurses file manager is way better.

    Many other BSD/Linux distros now include it by default and it should be either part of pfSense or one of the available packages.

    That and nano editor as well.

    Installing manually may work, but may also break with upgrades…


  • Banned

    +1. I don't know what the technical or security implications (if any) would be, but this does seem like it would be a nice to have package for pfSense. It would make it more accessible.



  • Is there a better place to register requests for adding packages like mc (midnightcommander) on pfsense.

    Somehow I find that adding comments to a single forum thread named package whishlist as useful as sending them to /dev/null. Nobody sane would be able to watch a thread like this and also if people would want to work on addresing this, they would not be able join efforts.

    Isn't better to use a bug tracker for this? How about https://redmine.pfsense.org/projects/pfsense-packages/ ?

    For the moment this worked on pfsense-2.4.1:

    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:11:x86:64/latest/All/libslang2-2.3.1_1.txz
    pkg add http://pkg.freebsd.org/freebsd:11:x86:64/latest/All/mc-4.8.19_3.txz
    


  • @ssbarnea:

    Is there a better place to register requests for adding packages like mc (midnightcommander) on pfsense.
    Somehow I find that adding comments to a single forum thread named package whishlist as useful as sending them to /dev/null.

    This wouldn't be a "package" in the sense of a pfsense-GUI addon. It's a FreeBSD port that you want included in the build script. For that, a feature/enhancement request on the pfsense bug+feature tracker (redmine.pfsense.org) is probably the way to go. It's not a big thing to include a ported pkg and won't disrupt the builds to do so, so if there's a reasonable case for it (which there probably is: it's generally useful!), the devs might well do so.



  • I'm trying to set up pfSense (2.3.5-RELEASE (i386)) on a ThinkPad T60 for test purposes and have come across a thread I started over a year ago, and wondered if there is a simple way to install Midnight Commander on pfSense yet…