Two-pane file managers probably have a predominance of the console market … what little there is of that.
On the other hand, there are file managers that stick to a single-pane approach and do quite well. This is vfu.
vfu is plainly for people who wish there was a way to navigate and manage the files listed by
ls --color=auto (I think I said as much the last time I looked at this program).
That’s not a bad thing. In fact, by giving up on a two-pane style, vfu opens up a lot of screen real estate for details — ownership, permissions, etc. And you can add to or subtract from the display.
vfu is easy to manage, since most every thing is a single keystroke, or done by a popup menu in bright, reverse colors. It only takes a few minutes to get the hang of it.
There’s one more small benefit to using vfu: It’s a smidgen lighter than mc. So on a system that lacks the muscle to handle mc (I’ve worked with a few of those), vfu might be an option.
Of course, there are thousands to pick from, so don’t be hasty in your decision. … 😯