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12<center><b><big>News</big></b></center>
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202021 February 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.6</b> "Wielewaal"
21<br>
22<table><tr><td><ul>
23<li>A search match gets highlighted (in black on yellow by default),<br>
24 in addition to placing the cursor at the start of the match.<br>
25 The color combination can be changed with 'set highlightcolor'.<br>
26 By default the cursor is hidden until the next keystroke, but<br>
27 it can be forced on with --showcursor / 'set showcursor'.</li>
28<li>Option <tt>--markmatch</tt> / 'set markmatch' has been removed.</li>
29<li>Cursor position and character code are displayed in the minibar<br>
30 only when option <tt>--constantshow</tt> / 'set constantshow' is used,<br>
31 and their display can be toggled with <tt>M-C</tt>.</li>
32<li>The state flags are displayed in the minibar only when option<br>
33 <tt>--stateflags</tt> / 'set stateflags' is used.</li>
34</ul></td></tr></table>
35<br><br>
36
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372021 January 14 - <b>GNU nano 5.5</b> "Rebecca"
38<br>
39<table><tr><td><ul>
40<li>Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead<br>
41 show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name<br>
42 (plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position<br>
43 (line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags<br>
44 that <tt>--stateflags</tt> normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer<br>
45 that is above the cursor.</li>
46<li>With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can<br>
47 be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always<br>
48 has the same color as the title bar).</li>
49<li>Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search<br>
50 by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more<br>
51 visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.<br>
52 (If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)</li>
53<li>The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',<br>
54 to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.</li>
55<li>Support for Slang has been removed.</li>
56</ul></td></tr></table>
57<br><br>
58
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592020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
60<br>
61<table><tr><td><ul>
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62<li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and<br>
63 other zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes<br>
64 also any succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing<br>
65 deletes just one character at a time.</li>
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66</ul></td></tr></table>
67<br><br>
68
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692020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
70<br>
71<table><tr><td><ul>
72<li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
73 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
74 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
75 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
76<li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
77 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
78 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
79 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
80<li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
81</ul></td></tr></table>
82<br><br>
83
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842020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
85<br>
86<table><tr><td><ul>
87<li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
88<li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
89<li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
90<li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
91</ul></td></tr></table>
92<br><br>
93
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942020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
95<br>
96<table><tr><td><ul>
97<li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
98<li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
99 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
100 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
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101<li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
102 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
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103<li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
104<li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
105</ul></td></tr></table>
106<br><br>
107
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1082020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
109<br>
110<table><tr><td><ul>
111<li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
112 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
113 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
114<li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
115 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
116 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
117<li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
118 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
119 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
120 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
121<li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
122 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
123 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
124<li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
125 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
126 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
127<li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
128 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
129<li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
130 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
131<li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
132<li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
1bfd5748 133<li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
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134 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
135<li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
136 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
137<li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
138<li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
139<li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
140<li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
1bfd5748 141 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
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142<li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
143<li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
144<li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
145<li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
146 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
147 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
148<li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
149</ul></td></tr></table>
150<br><br>
151
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1522020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
153<br><br>
154<table><tr><td>
bfb390e0 155 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
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156 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
157</td></tr></table>
158<br><br>
159
c78fafd2 1602020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
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162<table><tr><td>
163 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
cba23c33 164 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
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166<br><br>
167
cded4212 1682020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
f0146453 169<br><br>
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171 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
172 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
173 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
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174</td></tr></table>
175<br><br>
176
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1772020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
178<br>
179<table><tr><td><ul>
180<li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
181 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
182<li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
183<li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
184<li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
185 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
186<li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
187<li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
188 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
189</ul></td></tr></table>
190<br><br>
191
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1922020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
193<br>
194<table><tr><td><ul>
195<li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
196 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
197<li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
198 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
199<li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
200 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
201 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
202<li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
203 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
204<li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
205 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
206</ul></td></tr></table>
207<br><br>
208
21d362bb 2092019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
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210<br>
211<table><tr><td><ul>
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212<li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
213 on different lines.</li>
214<li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
215 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
216<li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
217 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
218<li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
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219</ul></td></tr></table>
220<br><br>
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2222019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
223<br>
224<table><tr><td><ul>
225<li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
226 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
227 the buffer.</li>
36934144 228<li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
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229 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
230<li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
231 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
232</ul></td></tr></table>
233<br><br>
234
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2352019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
236<br>
237<table><tr><td><ul>
238<li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
239 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
240<li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
241<li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
242</ul></td></tr></table>
243<br><br>
244
ae82a2d1 2452019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
fcb625d4 246<br>
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247<table><tr><td><ul>
248<li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
249 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
250<li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
251 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
a739c60d 252<li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
ae82a2d1 253</ul></td></tr></table>
fcb625d4 254<br><br>
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84553b52 2562019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
fcb625d4 257<br>
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258<table><tr><td><ul>
259<li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
260<li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
261<li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
262<li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
263<li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
264<li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
265</ul></td></tr></table>
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933f5300 2682019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
fcb625d4 269<br>
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270<table><tr><td><ul>
271<li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
094a026a 272<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
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273<li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
274 same overflow line.</li>
275</ul></td></tr></table>
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933f5300 2782019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
fcb625d4 279<br>
f5d848f8 280<table><tr><td><ul>
3a9f2f9b 281<li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
f5d848f8 282 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
3a9f2f9b 283 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
094a026a 284<li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
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285<li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
286 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
287<li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
094a026a 288<li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
f5d848f8 289<li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
094a026a 290<li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
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291<li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
292<li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
293</ul></td></tr></table>
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933f5300 2962019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
fcb625d4 297<br>
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298<table><tr><td><ul>
299<li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
300<li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
301<li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
302<li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
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303<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
304<li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
305<li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
306<li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
d94a27bb 307<li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
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308<li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
309<li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
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310<li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
311<li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
47ae3021 312<li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
616ce731 313<li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
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314<li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
315<li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
316 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
317<li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
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318<li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
319<li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
320<li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
e2ca83a4 321</ul></td></tr></table>
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3262018 November 11
327
328GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
329for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
330always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
331title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
332mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
333for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
67c6d961 334cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
eb64fc57 335keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
67c6d961 336hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
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337cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
338renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
339'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
340reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
341customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
342use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
343in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
344be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
345resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
346F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
347word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
348and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
349
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3522018 September 18
353
354GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
355misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
356does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
357when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
358and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
359
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3622018 September 9
363
364GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
365reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
366speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
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367boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
368word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
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369to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
370placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
371makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
372number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
373files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
374'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
375'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
376Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
377the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
378menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
0c351168 379a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
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380a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
381sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
382rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
383bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
384'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
385
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3882018 June 2
389
390GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
391buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
392(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
393better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
394justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
395of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
396about the number of lines written also when prepending or
397appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
398
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4012018 May 15
402
403GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
404for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
405ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
406the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
407buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
408until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
409renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
410'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
411corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
412
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4152018 April 27
416
417GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
418makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
419of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
420for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
421go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
422after an external spell check of a selected region, always
423accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
424any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
425
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4282018 March 29
429
430GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
431and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
432keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
433keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
434This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
435which gives the default foreground or background color,
436which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
437painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
438a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
439mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
440slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
441used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
442file names.
443
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447
448GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
449(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
450the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
451those error messages by default in bright white on red,
0c351168 452makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
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454file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
455cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
456cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
457spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
458names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
459and six deprecated bindable function names.
460
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464
465GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
466that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
467it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
468work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
469adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
470recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
471no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
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474pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
475a needed color change when a line contains a start match
476but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
477other small fry.
478
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482
483GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
484state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
485somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
486linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
487the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
488the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
489now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
490(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
491to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
690585d0 492&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
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494region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
495or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
496the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
497(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
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502
503GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
504is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
505region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
506when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
507strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
508at line 1, column 1.
509
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513
514GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
515replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
516to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
517useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
518saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
519forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
520more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
521Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
522options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
523makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
524$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
525for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
526commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
527file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
528
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532
533GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
534wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
535more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
536allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
537in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
538scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
539Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
540fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
541and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
542
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546
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549instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
550be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
551together with the softwrap option. This release further
552fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
553failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
554files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
555(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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560
561GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
562a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
563negative line and column numbers on the command line,
564avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
565in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
566mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
567have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
568
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574man page again.
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580GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
581during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
582and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
583searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
8f3b8915 584asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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589
590GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
591the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
592it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
593of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
594without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
595the screen twice when switching between buffers while
596line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
597bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
598translation updates for fifteen languages.
599
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604GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
605on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
606double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
0a09732f 607shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
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609the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
610of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
611only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
612go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
613support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
614linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
615an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
616in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
617
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621
622GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
623softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
624visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
625logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
626the start and end of a row, and only when already
627there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
628Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
629of always per logical line. On an entirely different
630front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
631on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
632changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
633new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
634was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
635David Ramsey.
636
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640
641GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
642the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
643when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
644involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
645does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
646no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
647softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
648startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
649standard input. Come tickle my ears.
650
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655GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
656manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
657sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
658more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
659softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
660system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
690585d0 661the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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667GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
668your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
669newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
670between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
671makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
672Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
673in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
674typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
675Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
676unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
677Tastes great with thick butter.
678
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683GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
684the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
685a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
686the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
687related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
688use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
689VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
690during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
691an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
692region after an external spell check, and improves a few
693other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
694run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
695
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699
700GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
701ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
702be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
703or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
704M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
705option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
706some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
707in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
708as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
709read into it. Come and check it out!
710
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715GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
716selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
717Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
718terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
719the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
720but it's time to get it out there.
721
722With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
723we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
724back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
725
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729
730nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
731a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
732first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
733holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
734(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
735in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
736a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
0fe6854f 737bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
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743nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
744keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
745of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
746characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
747word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
748input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
749must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
750window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
751having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
752anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
753improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
754Come get your hair tousled!
755
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760nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
761adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
762with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
763includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
764bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
765even worth mentioning).
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771nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
772some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
773the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
774checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
775default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
776shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
777is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
778there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
779when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
780on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
781and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
782things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
783
784And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
785Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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