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Re: Old version of Midnight Commander

Jim Holland wrote:
> Hi all
> One of the reasons that I have switched over to using Debian is that its
> display of console utilities such as Midnight Commander works much better
> than Red Hat and derivatives from version 8 on.  However I have still
> found a display problem (a screen refresh failure) with the stable version
> of mc that is being currently distributed: 4.6.1-pre3-3.  I wrote to the
> MC mailing list and was told:
>>Why Debian hasn't upgraded mc to 4.6.1 release is beyond me. Quite a few
>>issues have been solved between pre3 and the release.
>>Anyway, regarding the redrawing issues you are seeing: Since 4.6.1
>>Roland Illig has made quite a few changes to the viewer. Please grab a
>>recent CVS tarball from
>>http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/utils/file/managers/mc/snapshots/ and
>>see if that improves matters.
> The later version did solve the problems I was having.  Is there anyone 
> who is working on upgrading the standard Debian mc package?
> Regards
> Jim Holland
> System Administrator
> MANGO - Zimbabwe's non-profit e-mail service

This is because once Debian makes a stable release, the only bugs that
are fixed are security-related and something so grievous as to make
something unusable for many people.  For example, if a package won't
install anymore, or something like that.  My advice to you is to get the
source package from unstable [0] and then read my package customization
HOWTO [1] and backport the package to Sarge yourself.  Let me know if
you find any of this confusing or you need any more help.


[0] http://packages.debian.org/unstable/source/mc
[1] http://familiasanchez.net/~roberto/howtos/debcustomize

Roberto C. Sanchez

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