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15 2022 April 28 - <b>GNU nano 6.3</b> "Wat zullen we drinken? Wat een dorst!"
16 <br>
17 <table><tr><td><ul>
18 <li>For multiline regexes, text is now colored as soon as a start match<br>
19 is found, also when there is no end match at all.</li>
20 <li>The colorizing of any line is stopped after two thousand bytes,<br>
21 to avoid frustrating delays.</li>
22 <li>When environment variable <tt>NO_COLOR</tt> is set, the two default colors<br>
23 (yellow for the spotlight, red for error messages) are suppressed<br>
24 when no interface colors are specified in a nanorc file.</li>
25 <li>Full justification and piping the whole buffer through a command<br>
26 now keep the cursor at the same line number.</li>
27 <li>Utility <tt>xsel</tt> can be used to copy a marked region to the system's<br>
28 clipboard. See <tt>doc/sample.nanorc</tt> for an example.</li>
29 </ul></td></tr></table>
30 <br><br>
32 2022 February 18 - <b>GNU nano 6.2</b> "Kamperfoelie"
33 <br>
34 <table><tr><td><ul>
35 <li>The file browser clears the prompt bar also when using <tt>--minibar</tt>.</li>
36 <li>Linting now works also with a newer 'pyflakes'.</li>
37 </ul></td></tr></table>
38 <br><br>
40 2022 February 9 - <b>GNU nano 6.1</b> "Re&#x21B;elele de socializare sunt ca un frigider"
41 <br>
42 <table><tr><td><ul>
43 <li>The behavior of <tt>^K</tt> at a prompt has been enhanced: when there<br>
44 is text after the cursor, just this text is erased. (In the usual<br>
45 situation, however, when the cursor is at the end of the answer,<br>
46 the behavior is as before: the whole answer is erased.)</li>
47 <li>At a prompt, <tt>M-6</tt> copies the current answer into the cutbuffer.</li>
48 <li>Large external pastes into nano are handled more quickly.</li>
49 </ul></td></tr></table>
50 <br><br>
52 2021 December 15 - <b>GNU nano 6.0</b> "Humor heeft ook zijn leuke kanten"
53 <br>
54 <table><tr><td><ul>
55 <li>Option <tt>--zero</tt> hides the title bar, status bar and help lines, and<br>
56 uses all rows of the terminal as editing area. The title bar and<br>
57 status bar can be toggled with <tt>M-Z</tt>.</li>
58 <li>Colors can now be specified also as three-digit hexadecimal numbers,<br>
59 in the format <tt>#rgb</tt>. This picks from the 216 index colors (that most<br>
60 terminals know) the color that is nearest to the given values.</li>
61 <li>For users who dislike numbers, there are fourteen new color names:<br>
62 rosy, beet, plum, sea, sky, slate, teal, sage, brown, ocher, sand,<br>
63 tawny, brick, and crimson.</li>
64 <li>Suspension is enabled by default, invokable with <tt>^T^Z</tt>. The options<br>
65 <tt>-z</tt>, <tt>--suspendable</tt>, and 'set suspendable' are obsolete and ignored.<br>
66 (In case you want to be able to suspend nano with a single keystroke,<br>
67 you can put 'bind ^Z suspend main' in your nanorc.)</li>
68 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping is in effect, pasting just a few words<br>
69 (without a line break) will now hard-wrap the line when needed.</li>
70 <li>Toggling Append or Prepend clears the current filename.</li>
71 <li>The word count as shown by <tt>M-D</tt> is now affected by option --wordbounds;<br>
72 with it, nano counts words as 'wc' does; without it (the new default),<br>
73 words are counted in a more human way: seeing punctuation as space.</li>
74 <li>The YAML syntax file is now actually included in the tarball.</li>
75 </ul></td></tr></table>
76 <br><br>
79 2021 October 6 - <b>GNU nano 5.9</b> "El manicomio ha decidido: ma&ntilde;ana sol!"
80 <br>
81 <table><tr><td><ul>
82 <li>The extension of a filename is added to the name of a corresponding<br>
83 temporary file, so that spell checking a C file, for example, will check<br>
84 only the comments and strings (when using 'aspell').</li>
85 <li>The process number is added to the name of an emergency save file,<br>
86 so that when multiple nanos die they will not fight over a filename.</li>
87 <li>Undoing a cutting operation will restore an anchor that was located<br>
88 in the cut area to its original line.</li>
89 <li>When using <tt>--locking</tt>, saving a new buffer will create a lock file.</li>
90 <li>Syntax highlighting for YAML files has been added.</li>
91 </ul></td></tr></table>
92 <br><br>
94 2021 June 15 - <b>GNU nano 5.8</b> "Why is it necessary to be special?"
95 <br>
96 <table><tr><td><ul>
97 <li>After a search, the spotlighting is dropped after 1.5 seconds (0.8<br>
98 seconds with <tt>--quick</tt>) to avoid the idea that the text is selected.</li>
99 <li>A <tt>+</tt> and a space before a filename on the command line will put<br>
100 the cursor at the end of the corresponding buffer.</li>
101 <li>Linter messages no longer include filename and line/column numbers.</li>
102 <li>Color name "grey" or "gray" can be used instead of "lightblack".</li>
103 <li>The color of the minibar can be chosen with 'set minicolor'.</li>
104 </ul></td></tr></table>
105 <br><br>
107 2021 April 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.7</b> "To&#x21B;i ceilal&#x21B;i arau c&acirc;mpurile"
108 <br>
109 <table><tr><td><ul>
110 <li>The output of <tt>--constantshow</tt> (without <tt>--minibar</tt>) is more stable.</li>
111 <li>When opening multiple buffers and there is an error message, this<br>
112 message is shown again upon first switch to the relevant buffer.</li>
113 <li>The position and size of the indicator now follow actual lines,<br>
114 instead of visual lines when in softwrap mode, meaning that the<br>
115 size of the indicator can change when scrolling in softwrap mode.</li>
116 </ul></td></tr></table>
117 <br><br>
119 2021 March 3 - <b>GNU nano 5.6.1</b> "Geelgors"
120 <br>
121 <table><tr><td><ul>
122 <li>Search matches are properly colorized in softwrap mode too.</li>
123 <li>Option 'highlightcolor' has been renamed to 'spotlightcolor'.</li>
124 </ul></td></tr></table>
125 <br><br>
127 2021 February 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.6</b> "Wielewaal"
128 <br>
129 <table><tr><td><ul>
130 <li>A search match gets highlighted (in black on yellow by default),<br>
131 in addition to placing the cursor at the start of the match.<br>
132 The color combination can be changed with 'set highlightcolor'.<br>
133 By default the cursor is hidden until the next keystroke, but<br>
134 it can be forced on with <tt>--showcursor</tt> / 'set showcursor'.</li>
135 <li>Option <tt>--markmatch</tt> / 'set markmatch' has been removed.</li>
136 <li>Cursor position and character code are displayed in the minibar<br>
137 only when option <tt>--constantshow</tt> / 'set constantshow' is used,<br>
138 and their display can be toggled with <tt>M-C</tt>.</li>
139 <li>The state flags are displayed in the minibar only when option<br>
140 <tt>--stateflags</tt> / 'set stateflags' is used.</li>
141 </ul></td></tr></table>
142 <br><br>
144 2021 January 14 - <b>GNU nano 5.5</b> "Rebecca"
145 <br>
146 <table><tr><td><ul>
147 <li>Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead<br>
148 show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name<br>
149 (plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position<br>
150 (line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags<br>
151 that <tt>--stateflags</tt> normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer<br>
152 that is above the cursor.</li>
153 <li>With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can<br>
154 be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always<br>
155 has the same color as the title bar).</li>
156 <li>Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search<br>
157 by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more<br>
158 visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.<br>
159 (If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)</li>
160 <li>The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',<br>
161 to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.</li>
162 <li>Support for Slang has been removed.</li>
163 </ul></td></tr></table>
164 <br><br>
166 2020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
167 <br>
168 <table><tr><td><ul>
169 <li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and<br>
170 other zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes<br>
171 also any succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing<br>
172 deletes just one character at a time.</li>
173 </ul></td></tr></table>
174 <br><br>
176 2020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
177 <br>
178 <table><tr><td><ul>
179 <li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
180 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
181 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
182 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
183 <li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
184 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
185 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
186 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
187 <li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
188 </ul></td></tr></table>
189 <br><br>
191 2020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
192 <br>
193 <table><tr><td><ul>
194 <li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
195 <li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
196 <li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
197 <li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
198 </ul></td></tr></table>
199 <br><br>
201 2020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
202 <br>
203 <table><tr><td><ul>
204 <li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
205 <li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
206 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
207 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
208 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
209 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
210 <li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
211 <li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
212 </ul></td></tr></table>
213 <br><br>
215 2020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
216 <br>
217 <table><tr><td><ul>
218 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
219 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
220 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
221 <li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
222 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
223 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
224 <li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
225 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
226 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
227 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
228 <li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
229 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
230 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
231 <li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
232 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
233 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
234 <li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
235 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
236 <li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
237 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
238 <li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
239 <li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
240 <li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
241 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
242 <li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
243 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
244 <li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
245 <li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
246 <li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
247 <li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
248 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
249 <li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
250 <li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
251 <li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
252 <li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
253 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
254 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
255 <li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
256 </ul></td></tr></table>
257 <br><br>
259 2020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
260 <br><br>
261 <table><tr><td>
262 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
263 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
264 </td></tr></table>
265 <br><br>
267 2020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
268 <br><br>
269 <table><tr><td>
270 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
271 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
272 </td></tr></table>
273 <br><br>
275 2020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
276 <br><br>
277 <table><tr><td>
278 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
279 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
280 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
281 </td></tr></table>
282 <br><br>
284 2020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
285 <br>
286 <table><tr><td><ul>
287 <li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
288 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
289 <li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
290 <li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
291 <li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
292 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
293 <li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
294 <li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
295 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
296 </ul></td></tr></table>
297 <br><br>
299 2020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
300 <br>
301 <table><tr><td><ul>
302 <li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
303 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
304 <li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
305 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
306 <li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
307 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
308 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
309 <li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
310 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
311 <li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
312 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
313 </ul></td></tr></table>
314 <br><br>
316 2019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
317 <br>
318 <table><tr><td><ul>
319 <li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
320 on different lines.</li>
321 <li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
322 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
323 <li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
324 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
325 <li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
326 </ul></td></tr></table>
327 <br><br>
329 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
330 <br>
331 <table><tr><td><ul>
332 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
333 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
334 the buffer.</li>
335 <li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
336 spelling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
337 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
338 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
339 </ul></td></tr></table>
340 <br><br>
342 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
343 <br>
344 <table><tr><td><ul>
345 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
346 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
347 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
348 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
349 </ul></td></tr></table>
350 <br><br>
352 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
353 <br>
354 <table><tr><td><ul>
355 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
356 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
357 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
358 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
359 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
360 </ul></td></tr></table>
361 <br><br>
363 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
364 <br>
365 <table><tr><td><ul>
366 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
367 <li>Opening a file no longer triggers an inotify CLOSE_WRITE event.</li>
368 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
369 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
370 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
371 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
372 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
373 </ul></td></tr></table>
374 <br><br>
376 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
377 <br>
378 <table><tr><td><ul>
379 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
380 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
381 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
382 same overflow line.</li>
383 </ul></td></tr></table>
384 <br><br>
386 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
387 <br>
388 <table><tr><td><ul>
389 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
390 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
391 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
392 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
393 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
394 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
395 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
396 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
397 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
398 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
399 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
400 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
401 </ul></td></tr></table>
402 <br><br>
404 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
405 <br>
406 <table><tr><td><ul>
407 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
408 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
409 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
410 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
411 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
412 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
413 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
414 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
415 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
416 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
417 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
418 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
419 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
420 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
421 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
422 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
423 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
424 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
425 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
426 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
427 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
428 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
429 </ul></td></tr></table>
430 <br>
432 <pre>
434 2018 November 11
436 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
437 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
438 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
439 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
440 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
441 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
442 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
443 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
444 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
445 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
446 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
447 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
448 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
449 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
450 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
451 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
452 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
453 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
454 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
455 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
456 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
460 2018 September 18
462 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
463 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
464 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
465 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
466 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
470 2018 September 9
472 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
473 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
474 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
475 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
476 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
477 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
478 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
479 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
480 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
481 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
482 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
483 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
484 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
485 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
486 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
487 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
488 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
489 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
490 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
491 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
492 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
496 2018 June 2
498 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
499 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
500 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
501 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
502 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
503 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
504 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
505 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
509 2018 May 15
511 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
512 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
513 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
514 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
515 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
516 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
517 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
518 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
519 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
523 2018 April 27
525 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
526 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
527 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
528 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
529 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
530 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
531 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
532 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
536 2018 March 29
538 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
539 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
540 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
541 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
542 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
543 which gives the default foreground or background color,
544 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
545 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
546 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
547 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
548 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
549 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
550 file names.
554 2018 March 8
556 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
557 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
558 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
559 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
560 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
561 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
562 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
563 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
564 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
565 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
566 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
567 and six deprecated bindable function names.
571 2018 January 29
573 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
574 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
575 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
576 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
577 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
578 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
579 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
580 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
581 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
582 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
583 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
584 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
585 other small fry.
589 2018 January 2
591 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
592 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
593 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
594 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
595 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
596 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
597 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
598 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
599 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
600 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
601 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
602 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
603 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
604 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
605 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
609 2017 November 27
611 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
612 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
613 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
614 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
615 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
616 at line 1, column 1.
620 2017 November 18
622 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
623 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
624 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
625 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
626 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
627 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
628 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
629 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
630 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
631 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
632 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
633 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
634 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
635 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
639 2017 August 27
641 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
642 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
643 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
644 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
645 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
646 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
647 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
648 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
649 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
653 2017 July 21
655 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
656 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
657 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
658 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
659 together with the softwrap option. This release further
660 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
661 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
662 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
663 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
667 2017 June 25
669 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
670 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
671 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
672 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
673 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
674 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
675 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
679 2017 May 21
681 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
682 man page again.
686 2017 May 18
688 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
689 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
690 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
691 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
692 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
696 2017 May 4
698 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
699 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
700 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
701 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
702 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
703 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
704 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
705 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
706 translation updates for fifteen languages.
710 2017 April 12
712 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
713 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
714 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
715 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
716 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
717 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
718 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
719 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
720 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
721 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
722 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
723 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
724 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
728 2017 March 31
730 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
731 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
732 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
733 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
734 the start and end of a row, and only when already
735 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
736 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
737 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
738 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
739 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
740 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
741 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
742 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
743 David Ramsey.
747 2017 February 23
749 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
750 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
751 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
752 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
753 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
754 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
755 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
756 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
757 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
761 2017 January 10
763 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
764 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
765 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
766 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
767 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
768 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
769 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
773 2016 December 28
775 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
776 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
777 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
778 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
779 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
780 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
781 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
782 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
783 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
784 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
785 Tastes great with thick butter.
789 2016 December 12
791 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
792 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
793 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
794 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
795 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
796 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
797 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
798 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
799 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
800 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
801 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
802 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
806 2016 October 29
808 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
809 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
810 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
811 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
812 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
813 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
814 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
815 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
816 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
817 read into it. Come and check it out!
821 2016 September 1
823 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
824 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
825 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
826 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
827 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
828 but it's time to get it out there.
830 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
831 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
832 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
836 2016 August 10
838 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
839 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
840 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
841 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
842 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
843 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
844 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
845 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
849 2016 July 28
851 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
852 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
853 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
854 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
855 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
856 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
857 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
858 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
859 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
860 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
861 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
862 Come get your hair tousled!
866 2016 June 27
868 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
869 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
870 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
871 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
872 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
873 even worth mentioning).
877 2016 June 17
879 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
880 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
881 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
882 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
883 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
884 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
885 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
886 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
887 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
888 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
889 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
890 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
892 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
893 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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