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19 2018 April 27
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21 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
22 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
23 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
24 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
25 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
26 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
27 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
28 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
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32 2018 March 29
33
34 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
35 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
36 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
37 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
38 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
39 which gives the default foreground or background color,
40 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
41 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
42 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
43 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
44 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
45 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
46 file names.
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50 2018 March 8
51
52 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
53 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
54 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
55 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
56 makes <Enter> at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
57 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
58 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
59 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
60 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
61 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
62 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
63 and six deprecated bindable function names.
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67 2018 January 29
68
69 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
70 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
71 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
72 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
73 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
74 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
75 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
76 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
77 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
78 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
79 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
80 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
81 other small fry.
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85 2018 January 2
86
87 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
88 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
89 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
90 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
91 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
92 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
93 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
94 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
95 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
96 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
97 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
98 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
99 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
100 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
101 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
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105 2017 November 27
106
107 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
108 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
109 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
110 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
111 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
112 at line 1, column 1.
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116 2017 November 18
117
118 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
119 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
120 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
121 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
122 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
123 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
124 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
125 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
126 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
127 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
128 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
129 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
130 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
131 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
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135 2017 August 27
136
137 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
138 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
139 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
140 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
141 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
142 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
143 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
144 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
145 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
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149 2017 July 21
150
151 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
152 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
153 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
154 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
155 together with the softwrap option. This release further
156 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
157 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
158 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
159 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
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163 2017 June 25
164
165 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
166 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
167 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
168 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
169 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
170 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
171 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
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175 2017 May 21
176
177 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
178 man page again.
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182 2017 May 18
183
184 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
185 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
186 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
187 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
188 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
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192 2017 May 4
193
194 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
195 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
196 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
197 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
198 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
199 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
200 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
201 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
202 translation updates for fifteen languages.
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206 2017 April 12
207
208 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
209 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
210 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
211 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
212 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
213 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
214 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
215 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
216 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
217 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
218 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
219 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
220 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
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224 2017 March 31
225
226 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
227 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
228 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
229 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
230 the start and end of a row, and only when already
231 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
232 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
233 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
234 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
235 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
236 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
237 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
238 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
239 David Ramsey.
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243 2017 February 23
244
245 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
246 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
247 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
248 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
249 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
250 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
251 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
252 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
253 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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257 2017 January 10
258
259 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
260 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
261 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
262 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
263 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
264 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
265 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
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269 2016 December 28
270
271 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
272 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
273 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
274 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
275 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
276 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
277 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
278 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
279 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
280 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
281 Tastes great with thick butter.
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285 2016 December 12
286
287 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
288 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
289 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
290 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
291 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
292 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
293 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
294 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
295 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
296 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
297 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
298 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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302 2016 October 29
303
304 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
305 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
306 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
307 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
308 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
309 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
310 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
311 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
312 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
313 read into it. Come and check it out!
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317 2016 September 1
318
319 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
320 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
321 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
322 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
323 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
324 but it's time to get it out there.
325
326 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
327 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
328 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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332 2016 August 10
333
334 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
335 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
336 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
337 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
338 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
339 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
340 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
341 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
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345 2016 July 28
346
347 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
348 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
349 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
350 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
351 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
352 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
353 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
354 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
355 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
356 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
357 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
358 Come get your hair tousled!
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362 2016 June 27
363
364 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
365 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
366 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
367 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
368 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
369 even worth mentioning).
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373 2016 June 17
374
375 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
376 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
377 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
378 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
379 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
380 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
381 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
382 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
383 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
384 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
385 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
386 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
387
388 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
389 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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