File Managers

CLEX – file manager with a full-screen user interface

CLEX (pronounced KLEKS) is a file manager with a full-screen user interface. It displays directory contents including the file status details and provides features like command history, filename insertion, or name completion in order to help users to create commands to be executed by the shell.

CLEX is a versatile tool for system administrators and all users that use the power of the command line. Its unique one-panel user interface enhances productivity and lessens the probability of mistake. There are no built-in commands, CLEX is an add-on to your favorite shell.

The software is released under an open source license.

Features include:

  • Full-screen console-based user interface (ncurses library); it runs on the text console, terminal, or in a terminal window.
  • Detailed directory listing.
  • Several filename sorting and grouping options.
  • Directory compare.
  • Text file preview function.
  • Working in the command line:
    • Simple editing.
    • Undo/redo function.
    • Multiple files selection.
    • Command history.
    • Name completion.
    • Command templates.
    • Automatic quoting of special characters in filenames.
  • On-line context-sensitive help.
  • Easy configuration.
  • Directory bookmarks. Bookmarks can have descriptive names.
  • Comprehensive main function menu.
  • Panel contents filtering. Panel filtering is available in two more panels.
  • Configurable file panel layouts.
  • ‘cd’ (change directory) command processed internally.
  • ‘rm’ (delete file) command warning.
  • Various date and time formats.
  • Support for GPM mouse and other mice on xterm-compatible terminals.
  • Tool for inserting control characters into the input lin.
  • UTF-8 support.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Vlado Potisk and contributors
License: GNU GPL v2

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