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18 <br><br>
20 2020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
21 <br>
22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
24 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
25 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
26 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
27 <li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
28 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
29 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
30 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
31 <li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
32 </ul></td></tr></table>
33 <br><br>
35 2020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
36 <br>
37 <table><tr><td><ul>
38 <li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
39 <li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
40 <li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
41 <li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
42 </ul></td></tr></table>
43 <br><br>
45 2020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
46 <br>
47 <table><tr><td><ul>
48 <li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
49 <li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
50 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
51 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
52 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
53 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
54 <li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
55 <li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
56 </ul></td></tr></table>
57 <br><br>
59 2020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
60 <br>
61 <table><tr><td><ul>
62 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
63 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
64 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
65 <li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
66 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
67 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
68 <li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
69 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
70 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
71 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
72 <li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
73 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
74 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
75 <li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
76 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
77 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
78 <li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
79 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
80 <li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
81 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
82 <li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
83 <li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
84 <li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
85 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
86 <li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
87 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
88 <li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
89 <li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
90 <li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
91 <li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
92 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
93 <li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
94 <li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
95 <li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
96 <li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
97 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
98 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
99 <li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
100 </ul></td></tr></table>
101 <br><br>
103 2020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
104 <br><br>
105 <table><tr><td>
106 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
107 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
108 </td></tr></table>
109 <br><br>
111 2020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
112 <br><br>
113 <table><tr><td>
114 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
115 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
116 </td></tr></table>
117 <br><br>
119 2020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
120 <br><br>
121 <table><tr><td>
122 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
123 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
124 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
125 </td></tr></table>
126 <br><br>
128 2020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
129 <br>
130 <table><tr><td><ul>
131 <li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
132 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
133 <li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
134 <li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
135 <li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
136 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
137 <li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
138 <li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
139 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
140 </ul></td></tr></table>
141 <br><br>
143 2020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
144 <br>
145 <table><tr><td><ul>
146 <li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
147 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
148 <li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
149 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
150 <li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
151 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
152 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
153 <li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
154 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
155 <li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
156 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
157 </ul></td></tr></table>
158 <br><br>
160 2019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
161 <br>
162 <table><tr><td><ul>
163 <li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
164 on different lines.</li>
165 <li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
166 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
167 <li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
168 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
169 <li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
170 </ul></td></tr></table>
171 <br><br>
173 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
174 <br>
175 <table><tr><td><ul>
176 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
177 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
178 the buffer.</li>
179 <li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
180 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
181 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
182 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
183 </ul></td></tr></table>
184 <br><br>
186 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
187 <br>
188 <table><tr><td><ul>
189 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
190 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
191 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
192 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
193 </ul></td></tr></table>
194 <br><br>
196 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
197 <br>
198 <table><tr><td><ul>
199 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
200 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
201 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
202 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
203 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
204 </ul></td></tr></table>
205 <br><br>
207 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
208 <br>
209 <table><tr><td><ul>
210 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
211 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
212 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
213 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
214 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
215 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
216 </ul></td></tr></table>
217 <br><br>
219 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
220 <br>
221 <table><tr><td><ul>
222 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
223 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
224 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
225 same overflow line.</li>
226 </ul></td></tr></table>
227 <br><br>
229 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
230 <br>
231 <table><tr><td><ul>
232 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
233 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
234 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
235 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
236 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
237 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
238 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
239 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
240 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
241 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
242 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
243 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
244 </ul></td></tr></table>
245 <br><br>
247 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
248 <br>
249 <table><tr><td><ul>
250 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
251 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
252 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
253 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
254 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
255 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
256 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
257 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
258 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
259 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
260 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
261 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
262 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
263 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
264 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
265 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
266 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
267 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
268 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
269 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
270 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
271 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
272 </ul></td></tr></table>
273 <br>
275 <pre>
277 2018 November 11
279 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
280 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
281 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
282 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
283 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
284 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
285 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
286 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
287 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
288 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
289 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
290 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
291 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
292 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
293 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
294 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
295 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
296 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
297 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
298 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
299 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
303 2018 September 18
305 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
306 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
307 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
308 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
309 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
313 2018 September 9
315 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
316 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
317 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
318 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
319 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
320 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
321 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
322 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
323 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
324 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
325 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
326 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
327 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
328 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
329 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
330 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
331 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
332 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
333 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
334 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
335 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
339 2018 June 2
341 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
342 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
343 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
344 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
345 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
346 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
347 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
348 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
352 2018 May 15
354 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
355 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
356 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
357 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
358 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
359 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
360 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
361 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
362 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
366 2018 April 27
368 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
369 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
370 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
371 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
372 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
373 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
374 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
375 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
379 2018 March 29
381 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
382 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
383 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
384 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
385 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
386 which gives the default foreground or background color,
387 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
388 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
389 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
390 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
391 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
392 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
393 file names.
397 2018 March 8
399 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
400 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
401 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
402 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
403 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
404 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
405 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
406 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
407 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
408 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
409 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
410 and six deprecated bindable function names.
414 2018 January 29
416 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
417 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
418 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
419 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
420 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
421 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
422 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
423 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
424 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
425 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
426 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
427 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
428 other small fry.
432 2018 January 2
434 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
435 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
436 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
437 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
438 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
439 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
440 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
441 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
442 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
443 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
444 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
445 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
446 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
447 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
448 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
452 2017 November 27
454 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
455 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
456 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
457 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
458 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
459 at line 1, column 1.
463 2017 November 18
465 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
466 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
467 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
468 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
469 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
470 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
471 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
472 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
473 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
474 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
475 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
476 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
477 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
478 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
482 2017 August 27
484 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
485 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
486 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
487 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
488 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
489 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
490 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
491 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
492 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
496 2017 July 21
498 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
499 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
500 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
501 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
502 together with the softwrap option. This release further
503 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
504 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
505 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
506 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
510 2017 June 25
512 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
513 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
514 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
515 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
516 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
517 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
518 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
522 2017 May 21
524 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
525 man page again.
529 2017 May 18
531 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
532 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
533 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
534 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
535 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
539 2017 May 4
541 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
542 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
543 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
544 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
545 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
546 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
547 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
548 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
549 translation updates for fifteen languages.
553 2017 April 12
555 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
556 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
557 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
558 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
559 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
560 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
561 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
562 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
563 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
564 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
565 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
566 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
567 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
571 2017 March 31
573 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
574 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
575 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
576 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
577 the start and end of a row, and only when already
578 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
579 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
580 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
581 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
582 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
583 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
584 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
585 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
586 David Ramsey.
590 2017 February 23
592 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
593 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
594 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
595 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
596 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
597 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
598 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
599 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
600 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
604 2017 January 10
606 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
607 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
608 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
609 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
610 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
611 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
612 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
616 2016 December 28
618 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
619 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
620 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
621 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
622 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
623 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
624 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
625 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
626 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
627 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
628 Tastes great with thick butter.
632 2016 December 12
634 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
635 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
636 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
637 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
638 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
639 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
640 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
641 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
642 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
643 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
644 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
645 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
649 2016 October 29
651 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
652 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
653 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
654 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
655 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
656 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
657 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
658 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
659 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
660 read into it. Come and check it out!
664 2016 September 1
666 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
667 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
668 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
669 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
670 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
671 but it's time to get it out there.
673 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
674 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
675 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
679 2016 August 10
681 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
682 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
683 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
684 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
685 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
686 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
687 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
688 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
692 2016 July 28
694 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
695 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
696 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
697 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
698 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
699 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
700 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
701 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
702 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
703 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
704 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
705 Come get your hair tousled!
709 2016 June 27
711 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
712 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
713 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
714 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
715 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
716 even worth mentioning).
720 2016 June 17
722 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
723 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
724 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
725 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
726 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
727 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
728 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
729 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
730 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
731 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
732 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
733 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
735 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
736 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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