Re: [mu TECH] Midnight Commander's F3 View starts slow?

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Tue Feb 15 2000 - 18:10:03 CET

On Tue, Feb 15, 2000 at 10:12:55AM -0500, Alfie Costa nicely wrote:
> A layman's diagnosis of the symptoms... mc.ext has a 'type' option, which calls
> the unix 'file' command. mu's 'file' is rustic, and mc.ext could be calling
> 'file' many times, so that it thrashes.

The solution! Bravo Alfie: you solved the puzzle. Yes, muLinux "file"
command is the most incredible script I never wrote: it use only "dd"
to fetch some bytes from the file's head, trying to recognize the
file content. Instructive, but inefficient is called serially.


I'd like to conclude with a positive statement, but I can't 
remember any. Would two negative ones do?       -- Woody Allen
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