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202020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
21<br>
22<table><tr><td><ul>
23<li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
24 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
25 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
26<li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
27 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
28 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
29<li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
30 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
31 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
32 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
33<li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
34 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
35 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
36<li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
37 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
38 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
39<li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
40 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
41<li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
42 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
43<li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
44<li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
45<li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X<tt> now works in all menus except<br>
46 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
47<li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
48 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
49<li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
50<li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
51<li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
52<li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
53 <tt>--multibuffer<tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
54<li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
55<li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
56<li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
57<li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
58 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
59 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
60<li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
61</ul></td></tr></table>
62<br><br>
63
642020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
65<br><br>
66<table><tr><td>
67 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
68 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
69</td></tr></table>
70<br><br>
71
722020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
73<br><br>
74<table><tr><td>
75 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
76 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
77</td></tr></table>
78<br><br>
79
802020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
81<br><br>
82<table><tr><td>
83 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
84 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
85 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
86</td></tr></table>
87<br><br>
88
892020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
90<br>
91<table><tr><td><ul>
92<li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
93 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
94<li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
95<li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
96<li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
97 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
98<li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
99<li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
100 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
101</ul></td></tr></table>
102<br><br>
103
1042020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
105<br>
106<table><tr><td><ul>
107<li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
108 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
109<li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
110 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
111<li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
112 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
113 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
114<li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
115 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
116<li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
117 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
118</ul></td></tr></table>
119<br><br>
120
1212019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
122<br>
123<table><tr><td><ul>
124<li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
125 on different lines.</li>
126<li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
127 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
128<li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
129 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
130<li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
131</ul></td></tr></table>
132<br><br>
133
1342019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
135<br>
136<table><tr><td><ul>
137<li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
138 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
139 the buffer.</li>
140<li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
141 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
142<li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
143 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
144</ul></td></tr></table>
145<br><br>
146
1472019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
148<br>
149<table><tr><td><ul>
150<li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
151 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
152<li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
153<li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
154</ul></td></tr></table>
155<br><br>
156
1572019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
158<br>
159<table><tr><td><ul>
160<li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
161 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
162<li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
163 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
164<li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
165</ul></td></tr></table>
166<br><br>
167
1682019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
169<br>
170<table><tr><td><ul>
171<li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
172<li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
173<li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
174<li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
175<li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
176<li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
177</ul></td></tr></table>
178<br><br>
179
1802019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
181<br>
182<table><tr><td><ul>
183<li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
184<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
185<li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
186 same overflow line.</li>
187</ul></td></tr></table>
188<br><br>
189
1902019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
191<br>
192<table><tr><td><ul>
193<li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
194 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
195 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
196<li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
197<li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
198 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
199<li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
200<li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
201<li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
202<li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
203<li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
204<li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
205</ul></td></tr></table>
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207
2082019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
209<br>
210<table><tr><td><ul>
211<li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
212<li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
213<li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
214<li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
215<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
216<li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
217<li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
218<li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
219<li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
220<li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
221<li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
222<li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
223<li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
224<li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
225<li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
226<li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
227<li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
228 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
229<li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
230<li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
231<li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
232<li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
233</ul></td></tr></table>
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236<pre>
237
2382018 November 11
239
240GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
241for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
242always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
243title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
244mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
245for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
246cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
247keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
248hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
249cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
250renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
251'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
252reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
253customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
254use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
255in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
256be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
257resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
258F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
259word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
260and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
261
262
263
2642018 September 18
265
266GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
267misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
268does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
269when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
270and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
271
272
273
2742018 September 9
275
276GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
277reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
278speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
279boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
280word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
281to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
282placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
283makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
284number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
285files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
286'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
287'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
288Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
289the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
290menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
291a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
292a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
293sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
294rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
295bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
296'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
297
298
299
3002018 June 2
301
302GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
303buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
304(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
305better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
306justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
307of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
308about the number of lines written also when prepending or
309appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
310
311
312
3132018 May 15
314
315GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
316for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
317ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
318the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
319buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
320until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
321renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
322'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
323corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
324
325
326
3272018 April 27
328
329GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
330makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
331of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
332for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
333go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
334after an external spell check of a selected region, always
335accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
336any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
337
338
339
3402018 March 29
341
342GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
343and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
344keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
345keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
346This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
347which gives the default foreground or background color,
348which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
349painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
350a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
351mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
352slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
353used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
354file names.
355
356
357
3582018 March 8
359
360GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
361(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
362the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
363those error messages by default in bright white on red,
364makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
365row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
366file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
367cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
368cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
369spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
370names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
371and six deprecated bindable function names.
372
373
374
3752018 January 29
376
377GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
378that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
379it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
380work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
381adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
382recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
383no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
384whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
385replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
386pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
387a needed color change when a line contains a start match
388but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
389other small fry.
390
391
392
3932018 January 2
394
395GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
396state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
397somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
398linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
399the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
400the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
401now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
402(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
403to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
404&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
405allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
406region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
407or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
408the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
409(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
410
411
412
4132017 November 27
414
415GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
416is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
417region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
418when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
419strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
420at line 1, column 1.
421
422
423
4242017 November 18
425
426GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
427replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
428to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
429useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
430saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
431forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
432more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
433Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
434options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
435makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
436$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
437for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
438commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
439file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
440
441
442
4432017 August 27
444
445GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
446wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
447more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
448allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
449in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
450scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
451Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
452fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
453and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
454
455
456
4572017 July 21
458
459GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
460to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
461instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
462be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
463together with the softwrap option. This release further
464fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
465failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
466files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
467(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
468
469
470
4712017 June 25
472
473GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
474a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
475negative line and column numbers on the command line,
476avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
477in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
478mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
479have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
480
481
482
4832017 May 21
484
485GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
486man page again.
487
488
489
4902017 May 18
491
492GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
493during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
494and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
495searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
496asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
497
498
499
5002017 May 4
501
502GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
503the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
504it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
505of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
506without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
507the screen twice when switching between buffers while
508line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
509bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
510translation updates for fifteen languages.
511
512
513
5142017 April 12
515
516GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
517on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
518double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
519shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
520across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
521the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
522of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
523only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
524go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
525support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
526linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
527an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
528in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
529
530
531
5322017 March 31
533
534GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
535softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
536visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
537logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
538the start and end of a row, and only when already
539there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
540Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
541of always per logical line. On an entirely different
542front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
543on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
544changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
545new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
546was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
547David Ramsey.
548
549
550
5512017 February 23
552
553GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
554the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
555when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
556involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
557does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
558no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
559softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
560startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
561standard input. Come tickle my ears.
562
563
564
5652017 January 10
566
567GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
568manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
569sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
570more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
571softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
572system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
573the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
574
575
576
5772016 December 28
578
579GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
580your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
581newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
582between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
583makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
584Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
585in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
586typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
587Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
588unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
589Tastes great with thick butter.
590
591
592
5932016 December 12
594
595GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
596the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
597a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
598the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
599related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
600use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
601VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
602during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
603an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
604region after an external spell check, and improves a few
605other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
606run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
607
608
609
6102016 October 29
611
612GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
613ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
614be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
615or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
616M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
617option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
618some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
619in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
620as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
621read into it. Come and check it out!
622
623
624
6252016 September 1
626
627GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
628selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
629Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
630terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
631the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
632but it's time to get it out there.
633
634With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
635we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
636back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
637
638
639
6402016 August 10
641
642nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
643a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
644first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
645holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
646(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
647in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
648a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
649bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
650
651
652
6532016 July 28
654
655nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
656keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
657of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
658characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
659word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
660input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
661must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
662window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
663having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
664anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
665improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
666Come get your hair tousled!
667
668
669
6702016 June 27
671
672nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
673adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
674with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
675includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
676bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
677even worth mentioning).
678
679
680
6812016 June 17
682
683nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
684some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
685the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
686checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
687default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
688shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
689is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
690there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
691when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
692on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
693and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
694things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
695
696And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
697Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
698
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