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12 <center><b><big>News</big></b></center>
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18 <br><br>
20 2021 February 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.6</b> "Wielewaal"
21 <br>
22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>A search match gets highlighted (in black on yellow by default),<br>
24 in addition to placing the cursor at the start of the match.<br>
25 The color combination can be changed with 'set highlightcolor'.<br>
26 By default the cursor is hidden until the next keystroke, but<br>
27 it can be forced on with --showcursor / 'set showcursor'.</li>
28 <li>Option <tt>--markmatch</tt> / 'set markmatch' has been removed.</li>
29 <li>Cursor position and character code are displayed in the minibar<br>
30 only when option <tt>--constantshow</tt> / 'set constantshow' is used,<br>
31 and their display can be toggled with <tt>M-C</tt>.</li>
32 <li>The state flags are displayed in the minibar only when option<br>
33 <tt>--stateflags</tt> / 'set stateflags' is used.</li>
34 </ul></td></tr></table>
35 <br><br>
37 2021 January 14 - <b>GNU nano 5.5</b> "Rebecca"
38 <br>
39 <table><tr><td><ul>
40 <li>Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead<br>
41 show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name<br>
42 (plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position<br>
43 (line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags<br>
44 that <tt>--stateflags</tt> normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer<br>
45 that is above the cursor.</li>
46 <li>With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can<br>
47 be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always<br>
48 has the same color as the title bar).</li>
49 <li>Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search<br>
50 by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more<br>
51 visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.<br>
52 (If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)</li>
53 <li>The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',<br>
54 to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.</li>
55 <li>Support for Slang has been removed.</li>
56 </ul></td></tr></table>
57 <br><br>
59 2020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
60 <br>
61 <table><tr><td><ul>
62 <li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and<br>
63 other zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes<br>
64 also any succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing<br>
65 deletes just one character at a time.</li>
66 </ul></td></tr></table>
67 <br><br>
69 2020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
70 <br>
71 <table><tr><td><ul>
72 <li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
73 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
74 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
75 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
76 <li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
77 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
78 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
79 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
80 <li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
81 </ul></td></tr></table>
82 <br><br>
84 2020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
85 <br>
86 <table><tr><td><ul>
87 <li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
88 <li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
89 <li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
90 <li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
91 </ul></td></tr></table>
92 <br><br>
94 2020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
95 <br>
96 <table><tr><td><ul>
97 <li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
98 <li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
99 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
100 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
101 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
102 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
103 <li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
104 <li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
105 </ul></td></tr></table>
106 <br><br>
108 2020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
109 <br>
110 <table><tr><td><ul>
111 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
112 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
113 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
114 <li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
115 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
116 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
117 <li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
118 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
119 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
120 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
121 <li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
122 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
123 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
124 <li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
125 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
126 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
127 <li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
128 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
129 <li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
130 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
131 <li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
132 <li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
133 <li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
134 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
135 <li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
136 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
137 <li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
138 <li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
139 <li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
140 <li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
141 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
142 <li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
143 <li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
144 <li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
145 <li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
146 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
147 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
148 <li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
149 </ul></td></tr></table>
150 <br><br>
152 2020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
153 <br><br>
154 <table><tr><td>
155 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
156 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
157 </td></tr></table>
158 <br><br>
160 2020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
161 <br><br>
162 <table><tr><td>
163 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
164 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
165 </td></tr></table>
166 <br><br>
168 2020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
169 <br><br>
170 <table><tr><td>
171 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
172 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
173 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
174 </td></tr></table>
175 <br><br>
177 2020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
178 <br>
179 <table><tr><td><ul>
180 <li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
181 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
182 <li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
183 <li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
184 <li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
185 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
186 <li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
187 <li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
188 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
189 </ul></td></tr></table>
190 <br><br>
192 2020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
193 <br>
194 <table><tr><td><ul>
195 <li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
196 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
197 <li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
198 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
199 <li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
200 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
201 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
202 <li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
203 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
204 <li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
205 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
206 </ul></td></tr></table>
207 <br><br>
209 2019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
210 <br>
211 <table><tr><td><ul>
212 <li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
213 on different lines.</li>
214 <li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
215 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
216 <li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
217 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
218 <li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
219 </ul></td></tr></table>
220 <br><br>
222 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
223 <br>
224 <table><tr><td><ul>
225 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
226 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
227 the buffer.</li>
228 <li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
229 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
230 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
231 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
232 </ul></td></tr></table>
233 <br><br>
235 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
236 <br>
237 <table><tr><td><ul>
238 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
239 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
240 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
241 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
242 </ul></td></tr></table>
243 <br><br>
245 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
246 <br>
247 <table><tr><td><ul>
248 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
249 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
250 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
251 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
252 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
253 </ul></td></tr></table>
254 <br><br>
256 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
257 <br>
258 <table><tr><td><ul>
259 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
260 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
261 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
262 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
263 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
264 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
265 </ul></td></tr></table>
266 <br><br>
268 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
269 <br>
270 <table><tr><td><ul>
271 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
272 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
273 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
274 same overflow line.</li>
275 </ul></td></tr></table>
276 <br><br>
278 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
279 <br>
280 <table><tr><td><ul>
281 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
282 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
283 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
284 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
285 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
286 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
287 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
288 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
289 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
290 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
291 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
292 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
293 </ul></td></tr></table>
294 <br><br>
296 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
297 <br>
298 <table><tr><td><ul>
299 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
300 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
301 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
302 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
303 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
304 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
305 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
306 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
307 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
308 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
309 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
310 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
311 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
312 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
313 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
314 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
315 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
316 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
317 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
318 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
319 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
320 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
321 </ul></td></tr></table>
322 <br>
324 <pre>
326 2018 November 11
328 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
329 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
330 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
331 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
332 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
333 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
334 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
335 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
336 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
337 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
338 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
339 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
340 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
341 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
342 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
343 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
344 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
345 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
346 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
347 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
348 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
352 2018 September 18
354 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
355 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
356 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
357 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
358 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
362 2018 September 9
364 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
365 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
366 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
367 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
368 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
369 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
370 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
371 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
372 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
373 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
374 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
375 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
376 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
377 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
378 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
379 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
380 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
381 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
382 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
383 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
384 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
388 2018 June 2
390 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
391 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
392 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
393 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
394 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
395 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
396 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
397 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
401 2018 May 15
403 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
404 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
405 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
406 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
407 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
408 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
409 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
410 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
411 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
415 2018 April 27
417 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
418 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
419 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
420 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
421 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
422 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
423 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
424 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
428 2018 March 29
430 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
431 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
432 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
433 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
434 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
435 which gives the default foreground or background color,
436 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
437 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
438 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
439 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
440 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
441 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
442 file names.
446 2018 March 8
448 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
449 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
450 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
451 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
452 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
453 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
454 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
455 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
456 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
457 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
458 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
459 and six deprecated bindable function names.
463 2018 January 29
465 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
466 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
467 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
468 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
469 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
470 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
471 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
472 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
473 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
474 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
475 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
476 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
477 other small fry.
481 2018 January 2
483 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
484 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
485 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
486 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
487 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
488 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
489 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
490 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
491 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
492 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
493 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
494 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
495 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
496 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
497 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
501 2017 November 27
503 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
504 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
505 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
506 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
507 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
508 at line 1, column 1.
512 2017 November 18
514 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
515 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
516 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
517 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
518 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
519 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
520 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
521 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
522 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
523 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
524 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
525 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
526 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
527 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
531 2017 August 27
533 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
534 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
535 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
536 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
537 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
538 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
539 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
540 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
541 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
545 2017 July 21
547 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
548 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
549 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
550 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
551 together with the softwrap option. This release further
552 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
553 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
554 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
555 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
559 2017 June 25
561 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
562 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
563 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
564 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
565 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
566 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
567 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
571 2017 May 21
573 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
574 man page again.
578 2017 May 18
580 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
581 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
582 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
583 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
584 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
588 2017 May 4
590 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
591 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
592 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
593 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
594 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
595 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
596 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
597 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
598 translation updates for fifteen languages.
602 2017 April 12
604 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
605 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
606 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
607 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
608 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
609 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
610 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
611 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
612 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
613 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
614 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
615 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
616 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
620 2017 March 31
622 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
623 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
624 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
625 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
626 the start and end of a row, and only when already
627 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
628 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
629 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
630 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
631 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
632 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
633 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
634 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
635 David Ramsey.
639 2017 February 23
641 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
642 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
643 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
644 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
645 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
646 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
647 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
648 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
649 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
653 2017 January 10
655 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
656 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
657 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
658 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
659 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
660 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
661 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
665 2016 December 28
667 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
668 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
669 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
670 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
671 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
672 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
673 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
674 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
675 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
676 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
677 Tastes great with thick butter.
681 2016 December 12
683 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
684 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
685 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
686 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
687 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
688 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
689 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
690 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
691 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
692 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
693 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
694 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
698 2016 October 29
700 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
701 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
702 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
703 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
704 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
705 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
706 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
707 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
708 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
709 read into it. Come and check it out!
713 2016 September 1
715 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
716 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
717 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
718 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
719 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
720 but it's time to get it out there.
722 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
723 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
724 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
728 2016 August 10
730 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
731 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
732 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
733 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
734 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
735 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
736 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
737 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
741 2016 July 28
743 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
744 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
745 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
746 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
747 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
748 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
749 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
750 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
751 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
752 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
753 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
754 Come get your hair tousled!
758 2016 June 27
760 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
761 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
762 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
763 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
764 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
765 even worth mentioning).
769 2016 June 17
771 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
772 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
773 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
774 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
775 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
776 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
777 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
778 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
779 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
780 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
781 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
782 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
784 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
785 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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