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Re: mc 4.7.0pre3 support for .tlz archives

Subject: Re: mc 4.7.0pre3 support for .tlz archives
From: Theodore Kilgore
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 13:59:51 -0600 CST

On Wed, 28 Oct 2009, Theodore Kilgore wrote:

On Wed, 28 Oct 2009, Helmut Hullen wrote:

Hallo, Theodore,

Du meintest am 27.10.09 zum Thema Re: mc 4.7.0pre3 support for .tlz archives:

Does anyone happen to know if similar procedures will open a
Slackware .txz file or not?
Slackware 13's mc works fine with .txz packages.
I am running Slackware-current right now, as I said. And the mc
package which is installed is mc-20090714_git-i486-1.txz, dated July
14. It will _not_ open a txz file out of the box. So, are you saying
it can be thus configured in the extension file?
Does "installpkg" work with *.txz packages (it should, of course).

Viele Gruesse!
Of course it does. But the question from here is about how to set up MC to do
the kinds of things with .txz files which it can do with .tgz files. These
include at least the following:
1. F3 shows the directory structure inside the tarball.
2. Enter opens up the filesystem of the tarball, and such things can be done as to view what is in them, to copy individual files or subdirectories out of the tarball, and such.
3. F2 followed by x will extract the contents

and so on.

As I said, these things may very well be possible to set up. But none of them currently work.
Theodore Kilgore

Thanks, I found the problem. The difficulty is that one's own local mc.ext file (which my $HOME/.mc directory contains under the name "bindings")
is not overwritten when one does an upgrade, but instead is kept.

That one's own local bindings file is kept around is perhaps a good thing. But it is not an unmixed blessing. The results are bad if support for some new file format such as .txz gets missed. OTOH, the results of keeping the bindings file intact are good if one has had to edit the file in order to replace applications which are not on one's machine with applications which are present and do the same functionality. For example, I have to replace "gqview" with something else in order to view images and to do various other workarounds, too. I would hate for my workarounds and customizations to get blown away every time I upgrade Midnight Commander, because I depend on them.
So, thanks for pointing out that the support for .txz and such is already
generally available. I guess what this points up is the need for more
up-to-date and readily accessible documentation. But that is a problem
that we all have to deal with, who produce software. I guess I have no
Theodore Kilgore
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