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18 2019 March 24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
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21 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
22 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
23 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
24 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
25 <li>Option --breaklonglines (-b) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
26 <li>Option --jumpyscrolling (-j) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
27 <li>Option --finalnewline (-f) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
28 <li>Option --emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
29 <li><Alt+Up> and <Alt+Down> now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
30 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
31 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
32 <li>Option --guidestripe=<number> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
33 <li>Option --fill=<number> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
34 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted ">".</li>
35 <li>The halfs of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
36 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
37 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed to<br>
38 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
39 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
40 <li>Option --rebinddelete is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
41 <li>Options --morespace and --smooth are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
42 <li>The --disable-wrapping-as-root configure option was removed.</li>
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49 2018 November 11
51 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
52 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
53 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
54 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
55 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
56 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
57 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
58 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
59 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
60 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
61 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
62 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
63 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
64 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
65 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
66 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
67 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
68 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
69 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
70 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
71 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
75 2018 September 18
77 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
78 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
79 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
80 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
81 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
85 2018 September 9
87 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
88 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
89 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
90 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
91 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
92 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
93 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
94 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
95 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
96 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
97 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
98 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
99 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
100 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
101 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
102 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
103 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
104 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
105 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
106 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
107 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
111 2018 June 2
113 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
114 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
115 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
116 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
117 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
118 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
119 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
120 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
124 2018 May 15
126 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
127 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
128 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
129 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
130 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
131 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
132 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
133 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
134 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
138 2018 April 27
140 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
141 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
142 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
143 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
144 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
145 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
146 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
147 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
151 2018 March 29
153 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
154 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
155 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
156 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
157 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
158 which gives the default foreground or background color,
159 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
160 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
161 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
162 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
163 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
164 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
165 file names.
169 2018 March 8
171 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
172 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
173 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
174 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
175 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
176 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
177 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
178 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
179 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
180 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
181 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
182 and six deprecated bindable function names.
186 2018 January 29
188 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
189 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
190 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
191 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
192 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
193 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
194 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
195 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
196 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
197 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
198 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
199 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
200 other small fry.
204 2018 January 2
206 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
207 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
208 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
209 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
210 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
211 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
212 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
213 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
214 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
215 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
216 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
217 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
218 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
219 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
220 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
224 2017 November 27
226 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
227 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
228 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
229 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
230 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
231 at line 1, column 1.
235 2017 November 18
237 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
238 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
239 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
240 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
241 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
242 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
243 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
244 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
245 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
246 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
247 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
248 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
249 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
250 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
254 2017 August 27
256 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
257 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
258 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
259 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
260 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
261 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
262 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
263 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
264 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
268 2017 July 21
270 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
271 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
272 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
273 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
274 together with the softwrap option. This release further
275 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
276 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
277 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
278 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
282 2017 June 25
284 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
285 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
286 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
287 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
288 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
289 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
290 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
294 2017 May 21
296 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
297 man page again.
301 2017 May 18
303 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
304 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
305 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
306 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
307 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
311 2017 May 4
313 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
314 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
315 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
316 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
317 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
318 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
319 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
320 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
321 translation updates for fifteen languages.
325 2017 April 12
327 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
328 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
329 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
330 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
331 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
332 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
333 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
334 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
335 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
336 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
337 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
338 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
339 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
343 2017 March 31
345 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
346 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
347 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
348 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
349 the start and end of a row, and only when already
350 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
351 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
352 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
353 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
354 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
355 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
356 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
357 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
358 David Ramsey.
362 2017 February 23
364 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
365 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
366 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
367 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
368 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
369 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
370 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
371 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
372 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
376 2017 January 10
378 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
379 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
380 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
381 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
382 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
383 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
384 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
388 2016 December 28
390 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
391 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
392 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
393 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
394 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
395 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
396 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
397 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
398 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
399 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
400 Tastes great with thick butter.
404 2016 December 12
406 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
407 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
408 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
409 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
410 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
411 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
412 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
413 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
414 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
415 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
416 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
417 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
421 2016 October 29
423 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
424 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
425 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
426 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
427 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
428 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
429 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
430 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
431 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
432 read into it. Come and check it out!
436 2016 September 1
438 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
439 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
440 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
441 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
442 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
443 but it's time to get it out there.
445 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
446 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
447 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
451 2016 August 10
453 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
454 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
455 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
456 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
457 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
458 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
459 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
460 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
464 2016 July 28
466 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
467 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
468 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
469 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
470 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
471 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
472 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
473 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
474 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
475 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
476 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
477 Come get your hair tousled!
481 2016 June 27
483 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
484 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
485 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
486 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
487 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
488 even worth mentioning).
492 2016 June 17
494 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
495 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
496 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
497 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
498 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
499 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
500 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
501 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
502 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
503 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
504 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
505 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
507 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
508 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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