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18 <br><br>
20 2020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
21 <br>
22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and other<br>
24 zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes also any<br>
25 succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing deletes just<br>
26 one character at a time.</li>
27 </ul></td></tr></table>
28 <br><br>
30 2020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
31 <br>
32 <table><tr><td><ul>
33 <li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
34 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
35 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
36 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
37 <li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
38 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
39 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
40 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
41 <li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
42 </ul></td></tr></table>
43 <br><br>
45 2020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
46 <br>
47 <table><tr><td><ul>
48 <li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
49 <li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
50 <li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
51 <li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
52 </ul></td></tr></table>
53 <br><br>
55 2020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
56 <br>
57 <table><tr><td><ul>
58 <li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
59 <li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
60 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
61 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
62 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
63 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
64 <li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
65 <li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
66 </ul></td></tr></table>
67 <br><br>
69 2020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
70 <br>
71 <table><tr><td><ul>
72 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
73 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
74 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
75 <li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
76 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
77 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
78 <li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
79 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
80 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
81 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
82 <li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
83 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
84 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
85 <li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
86 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
87 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
88 <li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
89 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
90 <li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
91 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
92 <li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
93 <li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
94 <li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
95 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
96 <li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
97 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
98 <li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
99 <li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
100 <li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
101 <li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
102 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
103 <li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
104 <li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
105 <li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
106 <li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
107 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
108 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
109 <li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
110 </ul></td></tr></table>
111 <br><br>
113 2020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
114 <br><br>
115 <table><tr><td>
116 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
117 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
118 </td></tr></table>
119 <br><br>
121 2020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
122 <br><br>
123 <table><tr><td>
124 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
125 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
126 </td></tr></table>
127 <br><br>
129 2020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
130 <br><br>
131 <table><tr><td>
132 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
133 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
134 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
135 </td></tr></table>
136 <br><br>
138 2020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
139 <br>
140 <table><tr><td><ul>
141 <li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
142 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
143 <li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
144 <li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
145 <li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
146 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
147 <li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
148 <li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
149 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
150 </ul></td></tr></table>
151 <br><br>
153 2020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
154 <br>
155 <table><tr><td><ul>
156 <li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
157 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
158 <li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
159 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
160 <li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
161 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
162 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
163 <li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
164 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
165 <li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
166 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
167 </ul></td></tr></table>
168 <br><br>
170 2019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
171 <br>
172 <table><tr><td><ul>
173 <li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
174 on different lines.</li>
175 <li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
176 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
177 <li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
178 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
179 <li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
180 </ul></td></tr></table>
181 <br><br>
183 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
184 <br>
185 <table><tr><td><ul>
186 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
187 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
188 the buffer.</li>
189 <li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
190 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
191 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
192 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
193 </ul></td></tr></table>
194 <br><br>
196 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
197 <br>
198 <table><tr><td><ul>
199 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
200 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
201 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
202 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
203 </ul></td></tr></table>
204 <br><br>
206 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
207 <br>
208 <table><tr><td><ul>
209 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
210 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
211 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
212 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
213 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
214 </ul></td></tr></table>
215 <br><br>
217 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
218 <br>
219 <table><tr><td><ul>
220 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
221 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
222 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
223 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
224 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
225 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
226 </ul></td></tr></table>
227 <br><br>
229 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
230 <br>
231 <table><tr><td><ul>
232 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
233 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
234 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
235 same overflow line.</li>
236 </ul></td></tr></table>
237 <br><br>
239 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
240 <br>
241 <table><tr><td><ul>
242 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
243 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
244 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
245 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
246 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
247 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
248 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
249 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
250 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
251 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
252 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
253 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
254 </ul></td></tr></table>
255 <br><br>
257 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
258 <br>
259 <table><tr><td><ul>
260 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
261 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
262 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
263 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
264 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
265 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
266 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
267 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
268 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
269 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
270 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
271 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
272 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
273 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
274 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
275 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
276 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
277 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
278 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
279 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
280 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
281 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
282 </ul></td></tr></table>
283 <br>
285 <pre>
287 2018 November 11
289 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
290 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
291 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
292 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
293 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
294 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
295 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
296 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
297 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
298 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
299 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
300 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
301 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
302 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
303 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
304 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
305 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
306 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
307 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
308 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
309 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
313 2018 September 18
315 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
316 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
317 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
318 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
319 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
323 2018 September 9
325 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
326 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
327 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
328 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
329 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
330 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
331 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
332 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
333 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
334 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
335 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
336 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
337 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
338 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
339 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
340 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
341 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
342 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
343 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
344 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
345 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
349 2018 June 2
351 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
352 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
353 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
354 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
355 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
356 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
357 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
358 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
362 2018 May 15
364 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
365 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
366 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
367 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
368 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
369 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
370 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
371 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
372 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
376 2018 April 27
378 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
379 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
380 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
381 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
382 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
383 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
384 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
385 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
389 2018 March 29
391 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
392 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
393 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
394 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
395 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
396 which gives the default foreground or background color,
397 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
398 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
399 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
400 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
401 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
402 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
403 file names.
407 2018 March 8
409 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
410 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
411 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
412 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
413 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
414 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
415 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
416 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
417 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
418 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
419 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
420 and six deprecated bindable function names.
424 2018 January 29
426 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
427 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
428 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
429 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
430 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
431 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
432 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
433 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
434 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
435 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
436 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
437 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
438 other small fry.
442 2018 January 2
444 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
445 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
446 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
447 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
448 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
449 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
450 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
451 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
452 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
453 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
454 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
455 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
456 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
457 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
458 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
462 2017 November 27
464 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
465 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
466 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
467 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
468 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
469 at line 1, column 1.
473 2017 November 18
475 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
476 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
477 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
478 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
479 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
480 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
481 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
482 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
483 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
484 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
485 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
486 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
487 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
488 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
492 2017 August 27
494 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
495 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
496 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
497 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
498 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
499 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
500 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
501 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
502 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
506 2017 July 21
508 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
509 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
510 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
511 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
512 together with the softwrap option. This release further
513 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
514 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
515 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
516 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
520 2017 June 25
522 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
523 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
524 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
525 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
526 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
527 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
528 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
532 2017 May 21
534 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
535 man page again.
539 2017 May 18
541 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
542 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
543 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
544 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
545 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
549 2017 May 4
551 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
552 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
553 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
554 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
555 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
556 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
557 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
558 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
559 translation updates for fifteen languages.
563 2017 April 12
565 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
566 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
567 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
568 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
569 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
570 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
571 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
572 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
573 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
574 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
575 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
576 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
577 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
581 2017 March 31
583 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
584 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
585 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
586 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
587 the start and end of a row, and only when already
588 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
589 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
590 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
591 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
592 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
593 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
594 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
595 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
596 David Ramsey.
600 2017 February 23
602 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
603 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
604 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
605 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
606 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
607 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
608 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
609 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
610 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
614 2017 January 10
616 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
617 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
618 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
619 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
620 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
621 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
622 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
626 2016 December 28
628 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
629 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
630 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
631 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
632 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
633 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
634 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
635 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
636 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
637 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
638 Tastes great with thick butter.
642 2016 December 12
644 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
645 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
646 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
647 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
648 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
649 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
650 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
651 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
652 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
653 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
654 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
655 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
659 2016 October 29
661 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
662 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
663 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
664 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
665 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
666 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
667 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
668 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
669 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
670 read into it. Come and check it out!
674 2016 September 1
676 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
677 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
678 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
679 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
680 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
681 but it's time to get it out there.
683 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
684 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
685 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
689 2016 August 10
691 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
692 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
693 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
694 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
695 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
696 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
697 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
698 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
702 2016 July 28
704 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
705 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
706 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
707 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
708 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
709 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
710 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
711 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
712 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
713 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
714 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
715 Come get your hair tousled!
719 2016 June 27
721 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
722 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
723 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
724 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
725 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
726 even worth mentioning).
730 2016 June 17
732 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
733 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
734 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
735 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
736 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
737 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
738 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
739 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
740 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
741 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
742 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
743 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
745 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
746 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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