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MC (Midnight Commander) is one of the most commonly used console file managers for Linux. One of the disadvantages that most administrators encounter is that mc sometimes takes a very long time to start up.

MC Midnight Commander slow start in Linux

After connecting to the host via SSH and running the mc command, you have to wait 1-3 minutes for it to start. This problem is most often related to DNS settings.

Solution 0: check that DNS servers are configured in the network interface settings and that these servers are available.

There are other ways to fix the mc slow startup problem:

Solution 1:

Add your server name and IP to the /etc/hosts file. You can use the following command:

sudo echo " $(hostname).domain $(hostname)" >> /etc/hosts

Solution 2:

You can disable using name resolution when connecting via SSH. To do this, add the parameter to the sshd configuration file /etc/sshsshd_config:

UseDNS no

Restart sshd:

systemctl restart sshd || systemctl restart ssh

Solution 3:

Try to disable built-in mc shell support:

alias mc="mc --nosubshell"

After that, mc should open instantly.

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