Tag: gnu
Installing Midnight Commander 4.7 on Mac OS X
2 Feb2010

Another short post just to remember the procedure for the next time I’ll be setting up a new mac. For those of my readers who do not know what Midnight Commander (aka mc) is, GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, created under a heavy influence of Norton Commander file manager from dark DOS ages :-) For more information, you can visit their web site. Now, get to the installation topic itself.

To install mc on a Mac OS X machine, you need macports installed and then first thing you’ll need to do is to install some prerequisite libraries:

$ sudo port install libiconv slang2

Next thing, download the sources from their web site and unpack them. When the sources are ready, you can configure the build:

$ ./configure \
        --prefix=/opt/mc \
        --with-screen=slang \
        --enable-extcharset \
        --enable-charset \
        --with-libiconv-prefix=/opt/local \
        --with-slang-includes=/opt/local/include \

Then, normal GNU-style build and install procedure:

$ make
$ sudo make install

And the last thing would be to add /opt/mc/bin to your PATH environment variable.

Linux User in Solaris 10 Survival Guide
28 Sep2007

This week aside from tons of different tasks I was working on one of MMM users complaint regarding some issues with MMM on Solaris 10. I knew that this OS has not so user (admin) friendly environment (especially for people with strong GNU-related background), but had no other options and decided to install Solaris 10 in VMWare Fusion on my desktop.

Installation was a bit strange comparing to Debian/RHEL/Ubuntu and FreeBSD where I have a strong experience, but I’ve managed to install it successfully. The major problem after my first boot was a lack of knowledge about how things could be done in Solaris… Below I’ll describe what generic Linux admin could do with Solaris to make it easier to use and more friendly for GNU-addicted mind ;-)

Notice: If you’re Solaris administrator, please, don’t read further because I’m pretty sure that all these suggestions would look dumb for you (I knew some old solaris admins before and they hated GNU environments).

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