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192017 July 21
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21GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekulé" offers a new feature: the ability
22to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
23instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
24be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
25together with the softwrap option. This release further
26fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
27failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
28files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
29(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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35GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
36a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
37negative line and column numbers on the command line,
38avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
39in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
40mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
41have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
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452017 May 21
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47GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
48man page again.
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522017 May 18
53
54GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
55during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
56and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
57searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
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622017 May 4
63
64GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
65the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
66it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
67of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
68without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
69the screen twice when switching between buffers while
70line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
71bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
72translation updates for fifteen languages.
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762017 April 12
77
78GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
79on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
80double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
81shows double-width characters as ">" and "<" when split
82across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
83the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
84of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
85only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
86go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
87support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
88linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
89an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
90in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
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942017 March 31
95
96GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
97softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
98visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
99logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
100the start and end of a row, and only when already
101there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
102Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
103of always per logical line. On an entirely different
104front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
105on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
106changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
107new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
108was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
109David Ramsey.
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115GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
116the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
117when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
118involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
119does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
120no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
121softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
122startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
123standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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1272017 January 10
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129GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
130manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
131sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
132more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
133softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
134system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
135the beginning-of-word anchor (\<) in regex searches.
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1392016 December 28
140
141GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
142your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
143newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
144between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
145makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
146Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
147in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
148typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
149Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
150unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
151Tastes great with thick butter.
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1552016 December 12
156
157GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
158the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
159a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
160the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
161related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
162use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
163VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
164during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
165an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
166region after an external spell check, and improves a few
167other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
168run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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1722016 October 29
173
174GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
175ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
176be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
177or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
178M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
179option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
180some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
181in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
182as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
183read into it. Come and check it out!
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1872016 September 1
188
189GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
190selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
191Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
192terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
193the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
194but it's time to get it out there.
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196With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
197we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
198back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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2022016 August 10
203
204nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
205a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
206first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
207holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
208(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
209in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
210a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
211bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
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2152016 July 28
216
217nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
218keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
219of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
220characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
221word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
222input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
223must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
224window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
225having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
226anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
227improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
228Come get your hair tousled!
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2322016 June 27
233
234nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
235adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
236with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
237includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
238bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
239even worth mentioning).
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245nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
246some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
247the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
248checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
249default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
250shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
251is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
252there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
253when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
254on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
255and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
256things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
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258And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
259Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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