Fix slow loading or freezing midnight commander (mc) with zsh

Midnight Commander opens up a new subshell at start which you can access with CTRL+O. Thing is this subshell will on certain shells like zsh make `mc` sluggish or freeze. A quick fix is to disable that subshell if you don't use it that often.

Just add this to your `.zshrc` file

alias mc="mc --nosubshell"

This will greatly improve mc's speed.

Zeno Popovici
07 May 2021
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