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182019 March 24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
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20<table><tr><td><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>
d94a27bb 29<li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
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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>
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32<li>Option --guidestripe=&lt;number&gt; draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
33<li>Option --fill=&lt;number&gt; no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
34<li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
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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<br>
38 to '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></td></tr></table>
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482018 November 11
49
50GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
51for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
52always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
53title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
54mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
55for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
67c6d961 56cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
eb64fc57 57keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
67c6d961 58hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
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59cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
60renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
61'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
62reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
63customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
64use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
65in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
66be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
67resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
68F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
69word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
70and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
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742018 September 18
75
76GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
77misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
78does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
79when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
80and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
81
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842018 September 9
85
86GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
87reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
88speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
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89boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
90word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
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91to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
92placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
93makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
94number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
95files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
96'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
97'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
98Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
99the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
100menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
0c351168 101a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
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102a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
103sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
104rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
105bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
106'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
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1102018 June 2
111
112GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
113buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
114(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
115better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
116justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
117of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
118about the number of lines written also when prepending or
119appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
120
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124
125GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
126for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
127ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
128the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
129buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
130until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
131renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
132'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
133corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
134
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1372018 April 27
138
139GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
140makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
141of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
142for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
143go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
144after an external spell check of a selected region, always
145accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
146any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
147
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1502018 March 29
151
152GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
153and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
154keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
155keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
156This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
157which gives the default foreground or background color,
158which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
159painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
160a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
161mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
162slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
163used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
164file names.
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1682018 March 8
169
170GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
171(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
172the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
173those error messages by default in bright white on red,
0c351168 174makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
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175row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
176file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
177cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
178cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
179spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
180names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
181and six deprecated bindable function names.
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1852018 January 29
186
187GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
188that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
189it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
190work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
191adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
192recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
193no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
aa32601b 194whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
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195replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
196pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
197a needed color change when a line contains a start match
198but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
199other small fry.
200
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204
205GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
206state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
207somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
208linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
209the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
210the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
211now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
212(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
213to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
690585d0 214&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
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215allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
216region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
217or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
218the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
219(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
220
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224
225GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
226is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
227region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
228when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
229strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
230at line 1, column 1.
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2342017 November 18
235
236GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
237replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
238to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
239useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
240saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
241forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
242more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
243Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
244options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
245makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
246$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
247for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
248commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
249file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
250
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254
255GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
256wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
257more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
258allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
259in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
260scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
261Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
262fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
263and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
264
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268
2031a280 269GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
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270to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
271instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
272be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
273together with the softwrap option. This release further
274fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
275failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
276files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
277(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
278
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282
283GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
284a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
285negative line and column numbers on the command line,
286avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
287in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
288mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
289have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
290
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294
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295GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
296man page again.
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3002017 May 18
301
302GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
303during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
304and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
305searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
8f3b8915 306asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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311
312GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
313the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
314it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
315of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
316without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
317the screen twice when switching between buffers while
318line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
319bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
320translation updates for fifteen languages.
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325
326GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
327on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
328double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
0a09732f 329shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
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330across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
331the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
332of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
333only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
334go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
335support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
336linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
337an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
338in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
339
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343
344GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
345softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
346visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
347logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
348the start and end of a row, and only when already
349there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
350Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
351of always per logical line. On an entirely different
352front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
353on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
354changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
355new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
356was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
357David Ramsey.
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362
363GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
364the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
365when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
366involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
367does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
368no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
369softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
370startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
371standard input. Come tickle my ears.
372
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376
377GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
378manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
379sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
380more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
381softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
382system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
690585d0 383the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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388
389GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
390your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
391newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
392between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
393makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
394Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
395in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
396typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
397Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
398unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
399Tastes great with thick butter.
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405GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
406the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
407a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
408the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
409related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
410use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
411VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
412during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
413an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
414region after an external spell check, and improves a few
415other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
416run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
417
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421
422GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
423ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
424be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
425or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
426M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
427option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
428some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
429in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
430as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
431read into it. Come and check it out!
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436
437GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
438selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
439Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
440terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
441the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
442but it's time to get it out there.
443
444With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
445we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
446back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
447
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451
452nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
453a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
454first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
455holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
456(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
457in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
458a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
459bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
460
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464
465nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
466keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
467of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
468characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
469word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
470input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
471must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
472window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
473having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
474anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
475improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
476Come get your hair tousled!
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481
482nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
483adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
484with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
485includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
486bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
487even worth mentioning).
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492
493nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
494some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
495the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
496checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
497default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
498shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
499is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
500there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
501when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
502on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
503and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
504things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
505
506And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
507Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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