[Pkg-mc-devel] Bug#581175: redirect stderr of helpers

martin f krafft madduck at debian.org
Tue May 11 11:17:39 UTC 2010

Package: mc
Version: 3:
Severity: wishlist

Many GUI programmes, such as G* and K* tools, spam stderr with crap
that noone cares about. If mc spawns these helpers, the output
messes up the ncurses UI and requires me to punch ctrl-l to

I think it would make sense if mc categorically intercepted stderr
of processes it spawns. One could consider accumulating such output
in a buffer that can be viewed separately, or to display the output
with e.g. less, and restore the UI on exit. Ideally it would be
configurable, of course. I don't really want to have to hit any keys
to return to the mc UI.

Thanks for your consideration.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.33-2-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_NZ, LC_CTYPE=en_NZ.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages mc depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.10.2-7   Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libglib2.0-0                  2.24.1-1   The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgpm2                       1.20.4-3.3 General Purpose Mouse - shared lib
ii  libslang2                     2.2.2-4    The S-Lang programming library - r

Versions of packages mc recommends:
ii  mime-support                  3.48-1     MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap

Versions of packages mc suggests:
pn  arj                          <none>      (no description available)
ii  bzip2                        1.0.5-4     high-quality block-sorting file co
pn  catdvi                       <none>      (no description available)
pn  dbview                       <none>      (no description available)
ii  djvulibre-bin                3.5.22-9    Utilities for the DjVu image forma
ii  evince-gtk [pdf-viewer]      2.30.1-2    Document (postscript, pdf) viewer 
ii  file                         5.04-2      Determines file type using "magic"
ii  gv [pdf-viewer]              1:3.6.9-1   PostScript and PDF viewer for X
ii  imagemagick                  7: image manipulation programs
pn  odt2txt                      <none>      (no description available)
ii  okular [pdf-viewer]          4:4.4.3-1   document viewer for KDE 4
ii  perl                         5.10.1-12   Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  python                       2.5.4-9     An interactive high-level object-o
pn  python-boto                  <none>      (no description available)
pn  python-tz                    <none>      (no description available)
ii  unzip                        6.0-4       De-archiver for .zip files
ii  w3m                          0.5.2-4     WWW browsable pager with excellent
ii  zip                          3.0-3       Archiver for .zip files

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