File managers at the console are sometimes a lost cause. For decades now, shifting and sorting has always been done in the graphical arena, and that’s probably what most people expect.
There was a time when two-pane text-only file managers were top dog, and the legacy of that for Linux is the venerable Midnight Commander.
Add ytree to that.
I don’t remember xtree personally, which I believe ytree attempts to emulate. I do enjoy the unusual arrangement and the three viewmodes, swapping between them with the enter key.
File managers have their allegiances though, and I am probably too accustomed to mc and it’s long list of embellishments to consider changing camp.
If you want something that hearkens back to xtree, or perhaps just need something with a little more efficient use of space, consider ytree.