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12<center><b><big>News</big></b></center>
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202021 January 14 - <b>GNU nano 5.5</b> "Rebecca"
21<br>
22<table><tr><td><ul>
23<li>Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead<br>
24 show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name<br>
25 (plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position<br>
26 (line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags<br>
27 that <tt>--stateflags</tt> normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer<br>
28 that is above the cursor.</li>
29<li>With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can<br>
30 be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always<br>
31 has the same color as the title bar).</li>
32<li>Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search<br>
33 by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more<br>
34 visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.<br>
35 (If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)</li>
36<li>The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',<br>
37 to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.</li>
38<li>Support for Slang has been removed.</li>
39</ul></td></tr></table>
40<br><br>
41
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422020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
43<br>
44<table><tr><td><ul>
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45<li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and<br>
46 other zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes<br>
47 also any succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing<br>
48 deletes just one character at a time.</li>
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49</ul></td></tr></table>
50<br><br>
51
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522020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
53<br>
54<table><tr><td><ul>
55<li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
56 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
57 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
58 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
59<li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
60 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
61 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
62 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
63<li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
64</ul></td></tr></table>
65<br><br>
66
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672020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
68<br>
69<table><tr><td><ul>
70<li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
71<li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
72<li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
73<li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
74</ul></td></tr></table>
75<br><br>
76
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772020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
78<br>
79<table><tr><td><ul>
80<li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
81<li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
82 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
83 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
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84<li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
85 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
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86<li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
87<li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
88</ul></td></tr></table>
89<br><br>
90
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912020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
92<br>
93<table><tr><td><ul>
94<li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
95 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
96 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
97<li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
98 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
99 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
100<li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
101 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
102 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
103 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
104<li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
105 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
106 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
107<li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
108 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
109 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
110<li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
111 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
112<li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
113 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
114<li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
115<li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
1bfd5748 116<li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
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117 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
118<li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
119 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
120<li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
121<li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
122<li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
123<li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
1bfd5748 124 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
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125<li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
126<li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
127<li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
128<li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
129 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
130 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
131<li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
132</ul></td></tr></table>
133<br><br>
134
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1352020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
136<br><br>
137<table><tr><td>
bfb390e0 138 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
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139 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
140</td></tr></table>
141<br><br>
142
c78fafd2 1432020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
f0146453 144<br><br>
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146 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
cba23c33 147 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
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149<br><br>
150
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f0146453 152<br><br>
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154 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
155 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
156 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
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158<br><br>
159
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1602020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
161<br>
162<table><tr><td><ul>
163<li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
164 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
165<li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
166<li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
167<li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
168 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
169<li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
170<li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
171 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
172</ul></td></tr></table>
173<br><br>
174
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1752020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
176<br>
177<table><tr><td><ul>
178<li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
179 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
180<li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
181 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
182<li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
183 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
184 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
185<li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
186 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
187<li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
188 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
189</ul></td></tr></table>
190<br><br>
191
21d362bb 1922019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
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193<br>
194<table><tr><td><ul>
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195<li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
196 on different lines.</li>
197<li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
198 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
199<li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
200 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
201<li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
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202</ul></td></tr></table>
203<br><br>
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2052019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
206<br>
207<table><tr><td><ul>
208<li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
209 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
210 the buffer.</li>
36934144 211<li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
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212 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
213<li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
214 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
215</ul></td></tr></table>
216<br><br>
217
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2182019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
219<br>
220<table><tr><td><ul>
221<li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
222 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
223<li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
224<li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
225</ul></td></tr></table>
226<br><br>
227
ae82a2d1 2282019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
fcb625d4 229<br>
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230<table><tr><td><ul>
231<li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
232 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
233<li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
234 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
a739c60d 235<li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
ae82a2d1 236</ul></td></tr></table>
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84553b52 2392019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
fcb625d4 240<br>
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241<table><tr><td><ul>
242<li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
243<li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
244<li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
245<li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
246<li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
247<li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
248</ul></td></tr></table>
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933f5300 2512019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
fcb625d4 252<br>
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253<table><tr><td><ul>
254<li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
094a026a 255<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
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256<li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
257 same overflow line.</li>
258</ul></td></tr></table>
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933f5300 2612019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
fcb625d4 262<br>
f5d848f8 263<table><tr><td><ul>
3a9f2f9b 264<li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
f5d848f8 265 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
3a9f2f9b 266 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
094a026a 267<li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
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268<li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
269 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
270<li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
094a026a 271<li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
f5d848f8 272<li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
094a026a 273<li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
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274<li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
275<li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
276</ul></td></tr></table>
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933f5300 2792019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
fcb625d4 280<br>
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281<table><tr><td><ul>
282<li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
283<li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
284<li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
285<li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
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286<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
287<li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
288<li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
289<li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
d94a27bb 290<li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
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291<li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
292<li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
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293<li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
294<li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
47ae3021 295<li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
616ce731 296<li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
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297<li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
298<li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
299 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
300<li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
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301<li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
302<li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
303<li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
e2ca83a4 304</ul></td></tr></table>
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3092018 November 11
310
311GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
312for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
313always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
314title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
315mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
316for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
67c6d961 317cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
eb64fc57 318keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
67c6d961 319hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
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320cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
321renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
322'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
323reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
324customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
325use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
326in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
327be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
328resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
329F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
330word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
331and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
332
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3352018 September 18
336
337GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
338misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
339does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
340when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
341and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
342
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3452018 September 9
346
347GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
348reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
349speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
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350boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
351word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
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352to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
353placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
354makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
355number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
356files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
357'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
358'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
359Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
360the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
361menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
0c351168 362a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
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363a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
364sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
365rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
366bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
367'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
368
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372
373GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
374buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
375(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
376better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
377justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
378of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
379about the number of lines written also when prepending or
380appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
381
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3842018 May 15
385
386GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
387for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
388ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
389the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
390buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
391until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
392renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
393'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
394corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
395
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3982018 April 27
399
400GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
401makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
402of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
403for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
404go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
405after an external spell check of a selected region, always
406accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
407any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
408
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412
413GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
414and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
415keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
416keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
417This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
418which gives the default foreground or background color,
419which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
420painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
421a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
422mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
423slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
424used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
425file names.
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430
431GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
432(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
433the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
434those error messages by default in bright white on red,
0c351168 435makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
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436row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
437file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
438cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
439cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
440spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
441names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
442and six deprecated bindable function names.
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448GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
449that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
450it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
451work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
452adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
453recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
454no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
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457pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
458a needed color change when a line contains a start match
459but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
460other small fry.
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465
466GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
467state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
468somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
469linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
470the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
471the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
472now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
473(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
474to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
690585d0 475&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
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477region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
478or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
479the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
480(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
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485
486GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
487is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
488region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
489when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
490strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
491at line 1, column 1.
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496
497GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
498replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
499to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
500useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
501saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
502forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
503more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
504Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
505options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
506makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
507$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
508for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
509commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
510file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
511
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515
516GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
517wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
518more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
519allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
520in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
521scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
522Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
523fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
524and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
525
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529
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532instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
533be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
534together with the softwrap option. This release further
535fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
536failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
537files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
538(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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543
544GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
545a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
546negative line and column numbers on the command line,
547avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
548in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
549mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
550have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
551
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555
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557man page again.
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562
563GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
564during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
565and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
566searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
8f3b8915 567asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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572
573GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
574the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
575it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
576of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
577without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
578the screen twice when switching between buffers while
579line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
580bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
581translation updates for fifteen languages.
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587GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
588on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
589double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
0a09732f 590shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
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592the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
593of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
594only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
595go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
596support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
597linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
598an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
599in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
600
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604
605GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
606softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
607visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
608logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
609the start and end of a row, and only when already
610there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
611Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
612of always per logical line. On an entirely different
613front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
614on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
615changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
616new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
617was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
618David Ramsey.
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623
624GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
625the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
626when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
627involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
628does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
629no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
630softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
631startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
632standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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637
638GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
639manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
640sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
641more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
642softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
643system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
690585d0 644the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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650GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
651your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
652newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
653between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
654makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
655Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
656in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
657typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
658Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
659unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
660Tastes great with thick butter.
661
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665
666GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
667the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
668a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
669the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
670related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
671use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
672VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
673during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
674an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
675region after an external spell check, and improves a few
676other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
677run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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682
683GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
684ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
685be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
686or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
687M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
688option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
689some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
690in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
691as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
692read into it. Come and check it out!
693
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697
698GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
699selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
700Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
701terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
702the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
703but it's time to get it out there.
704
705With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
706we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
707back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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712
713nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
714a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
715first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
716holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
717(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
718in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
719a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
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726nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
727keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
728of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
729characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
730word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
731input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
732must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
733window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
734having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
735anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
736improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
737Come get your hair tousled!
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743nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
744adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
745with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
746includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
747bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
748even worth mentioning).
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754nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
755some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
756the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
757checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
758default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
759shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
760is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
761there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
762when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
763on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
764and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
765things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
766
767And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
768Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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