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182019 March 24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
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20<ul>
21 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
22 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
23 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
24 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
25 <li>Option --breaklonglines (-b) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
26 <li>Option --jumpyscrolling (-j) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
27 <li>Option --finalnewline (-f) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
28 <li>Option --emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
29 <li><Alt+Up> and <Alt+Down> now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
30 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
31 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
32 <li>Option --guidestripe=<number> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
33 <li>Option --fill=<number> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
34 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted ">".</li>
35 <li>The halfs of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
36 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
37 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed to<br>
38 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
39 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
40 <li>Option --rebinddelete is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
41 <li>Options --morespace and --smooth are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
42 <li>The --disable-wrapping-as-root configure option was removed.</li>
43</ul>
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492018 November 11
50
51GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
52for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
53always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
54title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
55mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
56for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
67c6d961 57cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
eb64fc57 58keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
67c6d961 59hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
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60cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
61renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
62'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
63reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
64customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
65use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
66in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
67be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
68resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
69F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
70word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
71and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
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752018 September 18
76
77GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
78misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
79does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
80when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
81and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
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852018 September 9
86
87GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
88reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
89speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
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90boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
91word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
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92to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
93placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
94makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
95number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
96files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
97'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
98'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
99Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
100the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
101menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
0c351168 102a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
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103a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
104sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
105rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
106bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
107'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
108
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112
113GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
114buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
115(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
116better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
117justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
118of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
119about the number of lines written also when prepending or
120appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
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1242018 May 15
125
126GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
127for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
128ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
129the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
130buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
131until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
132renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
133'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
134corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
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1382018 April 27
139
140GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
141makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
142of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
143for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
144go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
145after an external spell check of a selected region, always
146accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
147any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
148
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152
153GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
154and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
155keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
156keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
157This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
158which gives the default foreground or background color,
159which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
160painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
161a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
162mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
163slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
164used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
165file names.
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1692018 March 8
170
171GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
172(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
173the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
174those error messages by default in bright white on red,
0c351168 175makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
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176row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
177file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
178cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
179cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
180spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
181names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
182and six deprecated bindable function names.
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1862018 January 29
187
188GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
189that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
190it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
191work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
192adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
193recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
194no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
aa32601b 195whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
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196replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
197pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
198a needed color change when a line contains a start match
199but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
200other small fry.
201
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2042018 January 2
205
206GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
207state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
208somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
209linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
210the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
211the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
212now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
213(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
214to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
690585d0 215&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
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216allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
217region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
218or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
219the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
220(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
221
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225
226GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
227is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
228region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
229when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
230strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
231at line 1, column 1.
232
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2352017 November 18
236
237GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
238replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
239to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
240useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
241saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
242forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
243more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
244Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
245options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
246makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
247$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
248for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
249commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
250file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
251
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255
256GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
257wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
258more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
259allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
260in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
261scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
262Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
263fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
264and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
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2682017 July 21
269
2031a280 270GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
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271to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
272instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
273be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
274together with the softwrap option. This release further
275fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
276failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
277files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
278(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
279
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2822017 June 25
283
284GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
285a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
286negative line and column numbers on the command line,
287avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
288in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
289mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
290have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
291
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2942017 May 21
295
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296GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
297man page again.
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302
303GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
304during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
305and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
306searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
8f3b8915 307asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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312
313GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
314the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
315it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
316of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
317without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
318the screen twice when switching between buffers while
319line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
320bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
321translation updates for fifteen languages.
322
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326
327GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
328on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
329double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
0a09732f 330shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
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331across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
332the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
333of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
334only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
335go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
336support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
337linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
338an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
339in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
340
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344
345GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
346softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
347visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
348logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
349the start and end of a row, and only when already
350there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
351Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
352of always per logical line. On an entirely different
353front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
354on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
355changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
356new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
357was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
358David Ramsey.
359
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363
364GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
365the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
366when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
367involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
368does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
369no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
370softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
371startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
372standard input. Come tickle my ears.
373
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377
378GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
379manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
380sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
381more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
382softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
383system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
690585d0 384the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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389
390GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
391your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
392newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
393between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
394makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
395Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
396in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
397typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
398Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
399unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
400Tastes great with thick butter.
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405
406GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
407the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
408a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
409the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
410related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
411use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
412VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
413during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
414an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
415region after an external spell check, and improves a few
416other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
417run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
418
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422
423GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
424ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
425be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
426or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
427M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
428option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
429some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
430in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
431as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
432read into it. Come and check it out!
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437
438GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
439selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
440Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
441terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
442the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
443but it's time to get it out there.
444
445With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
446we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
447back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
448
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452
453nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
454a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
455first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
456holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
457(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
458in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
459a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
460bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
461
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465
466nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
467keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
468of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
469characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
470word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
471input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
472must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
473window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
474having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
475anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
476improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
477Come get your hair tousled!
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483nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
484adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
485with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
486includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
487bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
488even worth mentioning).
489
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493
494nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
495some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
496the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
497checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
498default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
499shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
500is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
501there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
502when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
503on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
504and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
505things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
506
507And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
508Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
509
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