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182019 March 24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
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20• An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.
21• Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.
22• A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.
23• The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.
24• Option --breaklonglines (-b) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.
25• Option --jumpyscrolling (-j) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.
26• Option --finalnewline (-f) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.
27• Option --emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.
28• <Alt+Up> and <Alt+Down> now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.
29• Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).
30• When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.
31• Option --guidestripe=<number> draws a vertical bar at the given column.
32• Option --fill=<number> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.
33• When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted ">".
34• The halfs of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".
35• A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.
36• The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed
37 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.
38• The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.
39• Option --rebinddelete is able to compensate for more misbindings.
40• Options --morespace and --smooth are obsolete and thus ignored.
41• The --disable-wrapping-as-root configure option was removed.
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472018 November 11
48
49GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
50for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
51always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
52title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
53mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
54for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
67c6d961 55cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
eb64fc57 56keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
67c6d961 57hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
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58cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
59renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
60'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
61reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
62customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
63use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
64in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
65be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
66resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
67F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
68word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
69and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
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74
75GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
76misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
77does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
78when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
79and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
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84
85GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
86reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
87speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
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88boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
89word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
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90to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
91placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
92makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
93number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
94files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
95'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
96'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
97Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
98the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
99menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
0c351168 100a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
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101a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
102sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
103rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
104bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
105'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
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1092018 June 2
110
111GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
112buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
113(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
114better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
115justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
116of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
117about the number of lines written also when prepending or
118appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
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1222018 May 15
123
124GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
125for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
126ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
127the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
128buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
129until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
130renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
131'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
132corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
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1362018 April 27
137
138GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
139makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
140of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
141for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
142go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
143after an external spell check of a selected region, always
144accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
145any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
146
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150
151GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
152and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
153keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
154keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
155This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
156which gives the default foreground or background color,
157which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
158painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
159a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
160mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
161slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
162used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
163file names.
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1672018 March 8
168
169GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
170(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
171the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
172those error messages by default in bright white on red,
0c351168 173makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
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174row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
175file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
176cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
177cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
178spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
179names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
180and six deprecated bindable function names.
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1842018 January 29
185
186GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
187that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
188it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
189work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
190adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
191recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
192no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
aa32601b 193whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
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194replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
195pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
196a needed color change when a line contains a start match
197but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
198other small fry.
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2022018 January 2
203
204GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
205state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
206somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
207linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
208the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
209the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
210now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
211(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
212to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
690585d0 213&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
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214allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
215region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
216or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
217the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
218(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
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223
224GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
225is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
226region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
227when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
228strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
229at line 1, column 1.
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234
235GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
236replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
237to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
238useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
239saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
240forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
241more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
242Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
243options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
244makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
245$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
246for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
247commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
248file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
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2522017 August 27
253
254GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
255wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
256more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
257allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
258in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
259scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
260Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
261fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
262and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
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267
2031a280 268GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
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269to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
270instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
271be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
272together with the softwrap option. This release further
273fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
274failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
275files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
276(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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2802017 June 25
281
282GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
283a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
284negative line and column numbers on the command line,
285avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
286in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
287mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
288have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
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2922017 May 21
293
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294GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
295man page again.
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2992017 May 18
300
301GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
302during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
303and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
304searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
8f3b8915 305asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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310
311GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
312the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
313it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
314of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
315without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
316the screen twice when switching between buffers while
317line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
318bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
319translation updates for fifteen languages.
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325GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
326on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
327double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
0a09732f 328shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
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329across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
330the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
331of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
332only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
333go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
334support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
335linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
336an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
337in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
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342
343GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
344softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
345visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
346logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
347the start and end of a row, and only when already
348there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
349Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
350of always per logical line. On an entirely different
351front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
352on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
353changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
354new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
355was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
356David Ramsey.
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361
362GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
363the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
364when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
365involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
366does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
367no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
368softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
369startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
370standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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375
376GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
377manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
378sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
379more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
380softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
381system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
690585d0 382the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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387
388GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
389your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
390newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
391between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
392makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
393Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
394in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
395typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
396Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
397unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
398Tastes great with thick butter.
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403
404GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
405the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
406a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
407the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
408related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
409use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
410VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
411during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
412an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
413region after an external spell check, and improves a few
414other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
415run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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420
421GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
422ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
423be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
424or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
425M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
426option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
427some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
428in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
429as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
430read into it. Come and check it out!
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435
436GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
437selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
438Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
439terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
440the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
441but it's time to get it out there.
442
443With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
444we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
445back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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450
451nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
452a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
453first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
454holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
455(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
456in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
457a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
458bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
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463
464nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
465keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
466of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
467characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
468word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
469input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
470must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
471window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
472having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
473anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
474improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
475Come get your hair tousled!
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480
481nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
482adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
483with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
484includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
485bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
486even worth mentioning).
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491
492nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
493some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
494the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
495checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
496default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
497shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
498is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
499there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
500when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
501on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
502and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
503things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
504
505And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
506Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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