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19 2018 September 9
20
21 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
22 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
23 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
24 boundaries are deleted, makes <Ctrl+Delete> wipe the next
25 word and <Ctrl+Shift+Delete> the preceding word, binds M-Q
26 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
27 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
28 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
29 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
30 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
31 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
32 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
33 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
34 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
35 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
36 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of <Esc> before
37 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
38 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
39 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
40 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
41 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
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45 2018 June 2
46
47 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
48 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
49 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
50 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
51 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
52 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
53 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
54 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
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58 2018 May 15
59
60 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
61 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
62 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
63 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
64 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
65 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
66 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
67 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
68 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
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72 2018 April 27
73
74 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
75 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
76 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
77 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
78 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
79 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
80 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
81 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
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85 2018 March 29
86
87 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
88 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
89 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
90 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
91 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
92 which gives the default foreground or background color,
93 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
94 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
95 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
96 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
97 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
98 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
99 file names.
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103 2018 March 8
104
105 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
106 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
107 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
108 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
109 makes <Enter> at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
110 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
111 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
112 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
113 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
114 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
115 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
116 and six deprecated bindable function names.
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120 2018 January 29
121
122 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
123 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
124 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
125 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
126 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
127 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
128 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
129 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
130 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
131 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
132 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
133 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
134 other small fry.
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138 2018 January 2
139
140 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
141 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
142 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
143 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
144 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
145 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
146 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
147 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
148 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
149 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
150 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
151 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
152 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
153 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
154 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
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158 2017 November 27
159
160 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
161 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
162 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
163 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
164 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
165 at line 1, column 1.
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169 2017 November 18
170
171 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
172 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
173 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
174 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
175 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
176 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
177 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
178 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
179 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
180 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
181 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
182 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
183 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
184 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
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188 2017 August 27
189
190 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
191 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
192 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
193 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
194 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
195 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
196 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
197 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
198 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
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202 2017 July 21
203
204 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
205 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
206 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
207 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
208 together with the softwrap option. This release further
209 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
210 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
211 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
212 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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216 2017 June 25
217
218 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
219 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
220 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
221 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
222 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
223 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
224 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
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228 2017 May 21
229
230 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
231 man page again.
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235 2017 May 18
236
237 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
238 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
239 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
240 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
241 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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245 2017 May 4
246
247 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
248 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
249 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
250 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
251 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
252 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
253 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
254 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
255 translation updates for fifteen languages.
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259 2017 April 12
260
261 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
262 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
263 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
264 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
265 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
266 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
267 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
268 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
269 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
270 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
271 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
272 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
273 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
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277 2017 March 31
278
279 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
280 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
281 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
282 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
283 the start and end of a row, and only when already
284 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
285 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
286 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
287 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
288 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
289 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
290 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
291 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
292 David Ramsey.
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296 2017 February 23
297
298 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
299 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
300 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
301 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
302 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
303 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
304 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
305 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
306 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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310 2017 January 10
311
312 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
313 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
314 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
315 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
316 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
317 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
318 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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322 2016 December 28
323
324 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
325 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
326 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
327 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
328 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
329 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
330 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
331 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
332 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
333 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
334 Tastes great with thick butter.
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338 2016 December 12
339
340 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
341 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
342 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
343 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
344 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
345 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
346 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
347 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
348 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
349 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
350 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
351 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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355 2016 October 29
356
357 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
358 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
359 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
360 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
361 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
362 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
363 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
364 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
365 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
366 read into it. Come and check it out!
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370 2016 September 1
371
372 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
373 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
374 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
375 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
376 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
377 but it's time to get it out there.
378
379 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
380 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
381 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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385 2016 August 10
386
387 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
388 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
389 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
390 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
391 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
392 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
393 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
394 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
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398 2016 July 28
399
400 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
401 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
402 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
403 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
404 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
405 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
406 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
407 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
408 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
409 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
410 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
411 Come get your hair tousled!
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415 2016 June 27
416
417 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
418 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
419 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
420 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
421 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
422 even worth mentioning).
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426 2016 June 17
427
428 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
429 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
430 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
431 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
432 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
433 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
434 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
435 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
436 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
437 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
438 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
439 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
440
441 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
442 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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