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18 <br><br>
20 2021 January 14 - <b>GNU nano 5.5</b> "Rebecca"
21 <br>
22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead<br>
24 show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name<br>
25 (plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position<br>
26 (line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags<br>
27 that <tt>--stateflags</tt> normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer<br>
28 that is above the cursor.</li>
29 <li>With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can<br>
30 be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always<br>
31 has the same color as the title bar).</li>
32 <li>Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search<br>
33 by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more<br>
34 visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.<br>
35 (If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)</li>
36 <li>The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',<br>
37 to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.</li>
38 <li>Support for Slang has been removed.</li>
39 </ul></td></tr></table>
40 <br><br>
42 2020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
43 <br>
44 <table><tr><td><ul>
45 <li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and<br>
46 other zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes<br>
47 also any succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing<br>
48 deletes just one character at a time.</li>
49 </ul></td></tr></table>
50 <br><br>
52 2020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
53 <br>
54 <table><tr><td><ul>
55 <li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
56 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
57 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
58 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
59 <li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
60 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
61 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
62 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
63 <li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
64 </ul></td></tr></table>
65 <br><br>
67 2020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
68 <br>
69 <table><tr><td><ul>
70 <li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
71 <li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
72 <li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
73 <li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
74 </ul></td></tr></table>
75 <br><br>
77 2020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
78 <br>
79 <table><tr><td><ul>
80 <li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
81 <li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
82 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
83 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
84 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
85 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
86 <li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
87 <li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
88 </ul></td></tr></table>
89 <br><br>
91 2020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
92 <br>
93 <table><tr><td><ul>
94 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
95 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
96 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
97 <li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
98 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
99 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
100 <li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
101 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
102 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
103 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
104 <li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
105 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
106 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
107 <li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
108 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
109 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
110 <li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
111 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
112 <li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
113 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
114 <li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
115 <li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
116 <li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
117 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
118 <li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
119 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
120 <li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
121 <li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
122 <li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
123 <li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
124 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
125 <li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
126 <li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
127 <li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
128 <li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
129 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
130 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
131 <li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
132 </ul></td></tr></table>
133 <br><br>
135 2020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
136 <br><br>
137 <table><tr><td>
138 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
139 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
140 </td></tr></table>
141 <br><br>
143 2020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
144 <br><br>
145 <table><tr><td>
146 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
147 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
148 </td></tr></table>
149 <br><br>
151 2020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
152 <br><br>
153 <table><tr><td>
154 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
155 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
156 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
157 </td></tr></table>
158 <br><br>
160 2020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
161 <br>
162 <table><tr><td><ul>
163 <li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
164 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
165 <li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
166 <li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
167 <li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
168 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
169 <li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
170 <li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
171 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
172 </ul></td></tr></table>
173 <br><br>
175 2020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
176 <br>
177 <table><tr><td><ul>
178 <li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
179 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
180 <li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
181 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
182 <li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
183 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
184 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
185 <li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
186 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
187 <li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
188 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
189 </ul></td></tr></table>
190 <br><br>
192 2019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
193 <br>
194 <table><tr><td><ul>
195 <li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
196 on different lines.</li>
197 <li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
198 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
199 <li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
200 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
201 <li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
202 </ul></td></tr></table>
203 <br><br>
205 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
206 <br>
207 <table><tr><td><ul>
208 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
209 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
210 the buffer.</li>
211 <li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
212 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
213 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
214 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
215 </ul></td></tr></table>
216 <br><br>
218 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
219 <br>
220 <table><tr><td><ul>
221 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
222 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
223 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
224 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
225 </ul></td></tr></table>
226 <br><br>
228 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
229 <br>
230 <table><tr><td><ul>
231 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
232 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
233 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
234 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
235 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
236 </ul></td></tr></table>
237 <br><br>
239 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
240 <br>
241 <table><tr><td><ul>
242 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
243 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
244 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
245 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
246 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
247 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
248 </ul></td></tr></table>
249 <br><br>
251 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
252 <br>
253 <table><tr><td><ul>
254 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
255 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
256 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
257 same overflow line.</li>
258 </ul></td></tr></table>
259 <br><br>
261 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
262 <br>
263 <table><tr><td><ul>
264 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
265 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
266 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
267 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
268 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
269 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
270 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
271 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
272 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
273 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
274 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
275 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
276 </ul></td></tr></table>
277 <br><br>
279 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
280 <br>
281 <table><tr><td><ul>
282 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
283 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
284 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
285 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
286 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
287 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
288 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
289 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
290 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
291 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
292 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
293 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
294 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
295 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
296 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
297 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
298 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
299 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
300 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
301 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
302 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
303 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
304 </ul></td></tr></table>
305 <br>
307 <pre>
309 2018 November 11
311 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
312 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
313 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
314 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
315 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
316 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
317 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
318 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
319 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
320 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
321 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
322 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
323 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
324 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
325 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
326 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
327 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
328 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
329 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
330 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
331 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
335 2018 September 18
337 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
338 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
339 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
340 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
341 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
345 2018 September 9
347 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
348 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
349 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
350 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
351 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
352 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
353 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
354 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
355 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
356 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
357 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
358 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
359 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
360 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
361 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
362 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
363 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
364 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
365 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
366 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
367 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
371 2018 June 2
373 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
374 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
375 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
376 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
377 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
378 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
379 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
380 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
384 2018 May 15
386 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
387 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
388 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
389 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
390 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
391 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
392 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
393 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
394 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
398 2018 April 27
400 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
401 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
402 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
403 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
404 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
405 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
406 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
407 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
411 2018 March 29
413 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
414 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
415 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
416 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
417 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
418 which gives the default foreground or background color,
419 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
420 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
421 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
422 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
423 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
424 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
425 file names.
429 2018 March 8
431 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
432 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
433 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
434 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
435 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
436 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
437 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
438 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
439 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
440 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
441 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
442 and six deprecated bindable function names.
446 2018 January 29
448 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
449 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
450 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
451 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
452 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
453 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
454 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
455 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
456 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
457 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
458 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
459 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
460 other small fry.
464 2018 January 2
466 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
467 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
468 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
469 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
470 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
471 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
472 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
473 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
474 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
475 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
476 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
477 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
478 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
479 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
480 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
484 2017 November 27
486 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
487 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
488 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
489 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
490 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
491 at line 1, column 1.
495 2017 November 18
497 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
498 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
499 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
500 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
501 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
502 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
503 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
504 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
505 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
506 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
507 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
508 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
509 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
510 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
514 2017 August 27
516 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
517 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
518 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
519 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
520 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
521 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
522 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
523 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
524 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
528 2017 July 21
530 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
531 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
532 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
533 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
534 together with the softwrap option. This release further
535 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
536 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
537 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
538 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
542 2017 June 25
544 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
545 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
546 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
547 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
548 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
549 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
550 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
554 2017 May 21
556 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
557 man page again.
561 2017 May 18
563 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
564 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
565 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
566 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
567 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
571 2017 May 4
573 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
574 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
575 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
576 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
577 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
578 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
579 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
580 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
581 translation updates for fifteen languages.
585 2017 April 12
587 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
588 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
589 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
590 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
591 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
592 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
593 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
594 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
595 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
596 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
597 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
598 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
599 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
603 2017 March 31
605 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
606 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
607 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
608 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
609 the start and end of a row, and only when already
610 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
611 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
612 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
613 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
614 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
615 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
616 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
617 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
618 David Ramsey.
622 2017 February 23
624 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
625 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
626 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
627 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
628 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
629 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
630 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
631 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
632 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
636 2017 January 10
638 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
639 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
640 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
641 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
642 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
643 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
644 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
648 2016 December 28
650 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
651 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
652 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
653 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
654 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
655 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
656 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
657 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
658 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
659 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
660 Tastes great with thick butter.
664 2016 December 12
666 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
667 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
668 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
669 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
670 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
671 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
672 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
673 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
674 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
675 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
676 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
677 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
681 2016 October 29
683 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
684 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
685 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
686 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
687 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
688 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
689 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
690 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
691 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
692 read into it. Come and check it out!
696 2016 September 1
698 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
699 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
700 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
701 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
702 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
703 but it's time to get it out there.
705 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
706 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
707 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
711 2016 August 10
713 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
714 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
715 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
716 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
717 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
718 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
719 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
720 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
724 2016 July 28
726 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
727 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
728 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
729 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
730 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
731 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
732 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
733 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
734 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
735 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
736 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
737 Come get your hair tousled!
741 2016 June 27
743 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
744 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
745 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
746 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
747 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
748 even worth mentioning).
752 2016 June 17
754 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
755 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
756 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
757 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
758 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
759 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
760 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
761 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
762 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
763 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
764 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
765 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
767 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
768 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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