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182019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
21<li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
22 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
23<li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
24 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
25<li>M-6 works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
292019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
32<li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
33<li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
34<li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
35<li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
36<li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
37<li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
412019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
44<li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
45<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
46<li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
47 same overflow line.</li>
512019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
54<li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the</li>
55 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
56 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.<br>
57<li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
58<li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
59 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
60<li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
61<li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
62<li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
63<li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
64<li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
65<li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
692019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
72<li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
73<li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
74<li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
75<li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
76<li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
77<li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
78<li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
79<li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
80<li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
81<li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
82<li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
83<li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
84<li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
85<li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
86<li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
87<li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
88<li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
89 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
90<li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
91<li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
92<li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
93<li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
992018 November 11
101GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
102for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
103always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
104title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
105mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
106for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
107cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
108keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
109hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
110cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
111renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
112'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
113reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
114customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
115use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
116in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
117be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
118resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
119F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
120word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
121and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
1252018 September 18
127GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
128misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
129does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
130when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
131and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
1352018 September 9
137GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
138reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
139speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
140boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
141word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
142to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
143placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
144makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
145number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
146files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
147'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
148'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
149Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
150the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
151menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
152a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
153a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
154sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
155rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
156bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
157'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
1612018 June 2
163GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
164buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
165(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
166better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
167justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
168of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
169about the number of lines written also when prepending or
170appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
1742018 May 15
176GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
177for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
178ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
179the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
180buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
181until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
182renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
183'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
184corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
1882018 April 27
190GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
191makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
192of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
193for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
194go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
195after an external spell check of a selected region, always
196accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
197any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
2012018 March 29
203GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
204and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
205keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
206keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
207This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
208which gives the default foreground or background color,
209which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
210painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
211a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
212mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
213slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
214used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
215file names.
2192018 March 8
221GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
222(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
223the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
224those error messages by default in bright white on red,
225makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
226row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
227file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
228cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
229cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
230spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
231names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
232and six deprecated bindable function names.
2362018 January 29
238GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
239that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
240it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
241work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
242adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
243recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
244no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
245whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
246replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
247pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
248a needed color change when a line contains a start match
249but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
250other small fry.
2542018 January 2
256GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
257state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
258somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
259linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
260the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
261the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
262now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
263(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
264to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
265&lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
266allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
267region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
268or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
269the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
270(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
2742017 November 27
276GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
277is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
278region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
279when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
280strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
281at line 1, column 1.
2852017 November 18
287GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
288replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
289to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
290useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
291saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
292forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
293more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
294Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
295options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
296makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
297$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
298for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
299commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
300file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
3042017 August 27
306GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
307wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
308more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
309allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
310in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
311scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
312Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
313fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
314and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
3182017 July 21
320GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
321to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
322instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
323be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
324together with the softwrap option. This release further
325fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
326failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
327files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
328(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
3322017 June 25
334GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
335a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
336negative line and column numbers on the command line,
337avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
338in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
339mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
340have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
3442017 May 21
346GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
347man page again.
3512017 May 18
353GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
354during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
355and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
356searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
357asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
3612017 May 4
363GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
364the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
365it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
366of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
367without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
368the screen twice when switching between buffers while
369line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
370bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
371translation updates for fifteen languages.
3752017 April 12
377GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
378on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
379double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
380shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
381across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
382the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
383of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
384only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
385go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
386support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
387linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
388an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
389in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
3932017 March 31
395GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
396softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
397visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
398logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
399the start and end of a row, and only when already
400there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
401Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
402of always per logical line. On an entirely different
403front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
404on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
405changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
406new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
407was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
408David Ramsey.
4122017 February 23
414GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
415the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
416when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
417involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
418does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
419no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
420softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
421startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
422standard input. Come tickle my ears.
4262017 January 10
428GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
429manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
430sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
431more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
432softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
433system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
434the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
4382016 December 28
440GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
441your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
442newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
443between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
444makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
445Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
446in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
447typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
448Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
449unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
450Tastes great with thick butter.
4542016 December 12
456GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
457the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
458a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
459the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
460related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
461use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
462VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
463during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
464an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
465region after an external spell check, and improves a few
466other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
467run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
4712016 October 29
473GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
474ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
475be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
476or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
477M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
478option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
479some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
480in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
481as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
482read into it. Come and check it out!
4862016 September 1
488GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
489selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
490Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
491terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
492the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
493but it's time to get it out there.
495With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
496we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
497back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
5012016 August 10
503nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
504a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
505first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
506holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
507(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
508in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
509a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
510bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
5142016 July 28
516nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
517keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
518of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
519characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
520word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
521input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
522must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
523window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
524having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
525anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
526improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
527Come get your hair tousled!
5312016 June 27
533nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
534adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
535with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
536includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
537bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
538even worth mentioning).
5422016 June 17
544nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
545some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
546the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
547checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
548default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
549shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
550is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
551there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
552when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
553on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
554and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
555things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
557And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
558Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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