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19 2018 September 18
20
21 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
22 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
23 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
24 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
25 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
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29 2018 September 9
30
31 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
32 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
33 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
34 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
35 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
36 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
37 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
38 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
39 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
40 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
41 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
42 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
43 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
44 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
45 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
46 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
47 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
48 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
49 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
50 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
51 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
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55 2018 June 2
56
57 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
58 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
59 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
60 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
61 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
62 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
63 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
64 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
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68 2018 May 15
69
70 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
71 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
72 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
73 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
74 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
75 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
76 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
77 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
78 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
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82 2018 April 27
83
84 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
85 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
86 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
87 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
88 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
89 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
90 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
91 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
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95 2018 March 29
96
97 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
98 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
99 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
100 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
101 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
102 which gives the default foreground or background color,
103 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
104 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
105 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
106 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
107 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
108 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
109 file names.
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113 2018 March 8
114
115 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
116 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
117 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
118 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
119 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
120 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
121 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
122 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
123 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
124 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
125 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
126 and six deprecated bindable function names.
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130 2018 January 29
131
132 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
133 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
134 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
135 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
136 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
137 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
138 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
139 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
140 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
141 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
142 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
143 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
144 other small fry.
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148 2018 January 2
149
150 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
151 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
152 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
153 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
154 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
155 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
156 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
157 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
158 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
159 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
160 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
161 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
162 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
163 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
164 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
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168 2017 November 27
169
170 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
171 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
172 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
173 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
174 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
175 at line 1, column 1.
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179 2017 November 18
180
181 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
182 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
183 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
184 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
185 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
186 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
187 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
188 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
189 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
190 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
191 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
192 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
193 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
194 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
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198 2017 August 27
199
200 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
201 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
202 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
203 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
204 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
205 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
206 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
207 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
208 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
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212 2017 July 21
213
214 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
215 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
216 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
217 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
218 together with the softwrap option. This release further
219 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
220 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
221 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
222 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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226 2017 June 25
227
228 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
229 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
230 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
231 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
232 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
233 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
234 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
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238 2017 May 21
239
240 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
241 man page again.
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245 2017 May 18
246
247 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
248 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
249 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
250 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
251 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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255 2017 May 4
256
257 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
258 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
259 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
260 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
261 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
262 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
263 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
264 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
265 translation updates for fifteen languages.
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269 2017 April 12
270
271 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
272 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
273 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
274 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
275 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
276 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
277 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
278 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
279 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
280 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
281 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
282 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
283 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
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287 2017 March 31
288
289 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
290 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
291 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
292 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
293 the start and end of a row, and only when already
294 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
295 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
296 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
297 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
298 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
299 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
300 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
301 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
302 David Ramsey.
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306 2017 February 23
307
308 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
309 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
310 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
311 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
312 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
313 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
314 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
315 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
316 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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320 2017 January 10
321
322 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
323 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
324 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
325 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
326 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
327 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
328 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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332 2016 December 28
333
334 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
335 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
336 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
337 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
338 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
339 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
340 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
341 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
342 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
343 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
344 Tastes great with thick butter.
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348 2016 December 12
349
350 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
351 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
352 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
353 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
354 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
355 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
356 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
357 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
358 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
359 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
360 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
361 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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365 2016 October 29
366
367 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
368 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
369 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
370 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
371 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
372 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
373 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
374 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
375 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
376 read into it. Come and check it out!
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380 2016 September 1
381
382 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
383 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
384 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
385 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
386 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
387 but it's time to get it out there.
388
389 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
390 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
391 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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395 2016 August 10
396
397 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
398 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
399 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
400 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
401 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
402 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
403 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
404 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
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408 2016 July 28
409
410 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
411 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
412 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
413 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
414 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
415 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
416 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
417 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
418 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
419 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
420 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
421 Come get your hair tousled!
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425 2016 June 27
426
427 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
428 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
429 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
430 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
431 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
432 even worth mentioning).
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436 2016 June 17
437
438 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
439 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
440 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
441 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
442 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
443 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
444 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
445 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
446 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
447 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
448 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
449 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
450
451 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
452 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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