[Pkg-mc-devel] midnight commander bug

ds dk-sk at skynet.be
Mon Dec 13 19:09:27 UTC 2010


I have used midnight commander since many years (i guess since 1997) and 
have never encountered any problems until this weekend: while making a 
backup from a windows 7 install on an ext2 - partitioned disk, midnight 
commander (under slackware 13.1, 64bit) simply stopped after copying 
about 45000 files from the 65000 files of the "windows"-directory of a 
windows 7 install. I did not get any error message from mc, that's why, 
initially, I thought all files were copied until I double checked.
A "sysctl -a" showed me that fs.file-max was set to 204334, so, the 
problem was not due to the linux kernel settings.
Because I was to lazy to use the cp -r command I rebooted the system 
under debian lenny 5.0.6 (amd 64 bit version) and used mc to copy the 
same windows 7 backup. Again, midnight commander just stopped after 
about 45000 files without any error message. Finally I managed to copy 
all files by using "cp -r".
By the way, are there any good alternatives for midnight commander under 
blackbox or fluxbox windowmanager ( I never use KDE or GNOME and their 
libraries because these are too bulky, unreliable and unsecure) ?

kind regards,
Dirk Scheerlinck,

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