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Related to extfs installation there are two major versions of Midnight Commander. Older versions before 4.7.something use extfs.ini configuration file. Newer versions simply allow to drop a VFS script to $HOME/.mc/extfs.d directory. One can distinguish these versions by looking up the file extfs.ini; run the following command from the command line:
locate -b \\extfs.ini
(I use GNU locate conventions; adapt the command line to your system; the simplest variant is just locate extfs.ini.)
Usual places for extfs.ini are /etc/mc/extfs/extfs.ini, /usr/lib/mc/extfs/extfs.ini, /usr/share/mc/extfs/extfs.ini or /usr/local/share/mc/extfs/extfs.ini.
On the system where there is a file extfs.ini a VFS script has to be installed the following way. Put the script into the system extfs directory - /usr/share/mc/extfs/ or /usr/local/share/mc/extfs/. Make the script executable. Edit extfs.ini - add a line naming the script; for example, if one's installing xml VFS one has to do something like:
cd /etc/mc/extfs echo xml >>extfs.ini
To use the installed VFS one also has to edit $HOME/.mc/mc.ext to assign the VFS to file extension(s) or type(s).
To enable file types add or change the following configuration option in ini file in section [Midnight-Commander]:
This has to be done using text editor - mc doesn't allow editing the option in its configuration editor.
For newer versions just drop a VFS script to $HOME/.mc/extfs.d or $HOME/.local/share/mc/extfs.d/ directory (verify directory by running mc -F). Make the script executable. Edit mc.ext. Enable file types guessing (see above).
See my http://phdru.name/Software/dotfiles/mc/mc.ext.html for examples.
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