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19 2018 June 2
21 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
22 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
23 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
24 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
25 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
26 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
27 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
28 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
32 2018 May 15
34 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
35 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
36 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
37 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
38 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
39 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
40 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
41 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
42 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
46 2018 April 27
48 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
49 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
50 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
51 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
52 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
53 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
54 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
55 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
59 2018 March 29
61 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
62 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
63 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
64 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
65 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
66 which gives the default foreground or background color,
67 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
68 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
69 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
70 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
71 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
72 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
73 file names.
77 2018 March 8
79 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
80 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
81 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
82 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
83 makes <Enter> at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
84 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
85 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
86 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
87 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
88 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
89 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
90 and six deprecated bindable function names.
94 2018 January 29
96 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
97 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
98 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
99 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
100 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
101 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
102 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
103 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
104 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
105 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
106 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
107 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
108 other small fry.
112 2018 January 2
114 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
115 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
116 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
117 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
118 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
119 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
120 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
121 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
122 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
123 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
124 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
125 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
126 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
127 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
128 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
132 2017 November 27
134 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
135 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
136 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
137 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
138 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
139 at line 1, column 1.
143 2017 November 18
145 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
146 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
147 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
148 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
149 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
150 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
151 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
152 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
153 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
154 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
155 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
156 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
157 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
158 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
162 2017 August 27
164 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
165 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
166 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
167 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
168 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
169 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
170 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
171 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
172 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
176 2017 July 21
178 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
179 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
180 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
181 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
182 together with the softwrap option. This release further
183 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
184 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
185 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
186 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
190 2017 June 25
192 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
193 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
194 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
195 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
196 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
197 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
198 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
202 2017 May 21
204 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
205 man page again.
209 2017 May 18
211 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
212 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
213 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
214 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
215 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
219 2017 May 4
221 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
222 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
223 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
224 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
225 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
226 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
227 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
228 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
229 translation updates for fifteen languages.
233 2017 April 12
235 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
236 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
237 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
238 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
239 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
240 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
241 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
242 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
243 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
244 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
245 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
246 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
247 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
251 2017 March 31
253 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
254 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
255 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
256 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
257 the start and end of a row, and only when already
258 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
259 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
260 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
261 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
262 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
263 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
264 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
265 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
266 David Ramsey.
270 2017 February 23
272 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
273 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
274 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
275 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
276 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
277 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
278 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
279 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
280 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
284 2017 January 10
286 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
287 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
288 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
289 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
290 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
291 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
292 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
296 2016 December 28
298 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
299 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
300 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
301 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
302 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
303 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
304 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
305 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
306 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
307 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
308 Tastes great with thick butter.
312 2016 December 12
314 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
315 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
316 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
317 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
318 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
319 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
320 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
321 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
322 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
323 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
324 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
325 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
329 2016 October 29
331 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
332 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
333 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
334 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
335 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
336 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
337 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
338 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
339 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
340 read into it. Come and check it out!
344 2016 September 1
346 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
347 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
348 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
349 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
350 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
351 but it's time to get it out there.
353 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
354 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
355 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
359 2016 August 10
361 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
362 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
363 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
364 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
365 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
366 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
367 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
368 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
372 2016 July 28
374 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
375 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
376 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
377 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
378 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
379 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
380 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
381 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
382 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
383 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
384 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
385 Come get your hair tousled!
389 2016 June 27
391 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
392 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
393 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
394 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
395 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
396 even worth mentioning).
400 2016 June 17
402 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
403 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
404 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
405 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
406 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
407 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
408 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
409 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
410 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
411 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
412 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
413 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
415 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
416 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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