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18 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
19 <br><br>
20 <table><tr><td><ul>
21 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
22 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
23 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
24 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
25 <li>M-6 works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
26 </ul></td></tr></table>
27 <br><br><br>
29 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
30 <br><br>
31 <table><tr><td><ul>
32 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
33 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
34 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
35 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
36 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
37 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
38 </ul></td></tr></table>
39 <br><br><br>
41 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
42 <br><br>
43 <table><tr><td><ul>
44 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
45 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
46 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
47 same overflow line.</li>
48 </ul></td></tr></table>
49 <br><br><br>
51 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
52 <br><br>
53 <table><tr><td><ul>
54 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the</li>
55 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
56 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.<br>
57 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
58 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
59 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
60 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
61 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
62 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
63 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
64 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
65 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
66 </ul></td></tr></table>
67 <br><br><br>
69 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
70 <br><br>
71 <table><tr><td><ul>
72 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
73 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
74 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
75 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
76 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
77 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
78 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
79 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
80 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
81 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
82 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
83 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
84 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
85 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
86 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
87 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
88 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
89 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
90 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
91 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
92 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
93 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
94 </ul></td></tr></table>
95 <br>
97 <pre>
99 2018 November 11
101 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
102 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
103 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
104 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
105 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
106 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
107 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
108 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
109 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
110 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
111 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
112 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
113 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
114 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
115 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
116 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
117 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
118 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
119 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
120 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
121 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
125 2018 September 18
127 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
128 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
129 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
130 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
131 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
135 2018 September 9
137 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
138 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
139 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
140 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
141 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
142 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
143 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
144 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
145 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
146 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
147 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
148 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
149 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
150 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
151 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
152 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
153 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
154 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
155 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
156 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
157 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
161 2018 June 2
163 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
164 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
165 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
166 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
167 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
168 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
169 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
170 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
174 2018 May 15
176 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
177 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
178 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
179 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
180 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
181 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
182 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
183 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
184 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
188 2018 April 27
190 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
191 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
192 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
193 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
194 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
195 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
196 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
197 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
201 2018 March 29
203 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
204 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
205 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
206 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
207 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
208 which gives the default foreground or background color,
209 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
210 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
211 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
212 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
213 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
214 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
215 file names.
219 2018 March 8
221 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
222 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
223 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
224 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
225 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
226 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
227 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
228 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
229 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
230 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
231 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
232 and six deprecated bindable function names.
236 2018 January 29
238 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
239 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
240 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
241 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
242 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
243 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
244 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
245 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
246 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
247 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
248 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
249 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
250 other small fry.
254 2018 January 2
256 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
257 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
258 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
259 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
260 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
261 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
262 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
263 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
264 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
265 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
266 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
267 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
268 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
269 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
270 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
274 2017 November 27
276 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
277 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
278 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
279 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
280 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
281 at line 1, column 1.
285 2017 November 18
287 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
288 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
289 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
290 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
291 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
292 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
293 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
294 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
295 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
296 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
297 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
298 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
299 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
300 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
304 2017 August 27
306 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
307 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
308 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
309 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
310 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
311 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
312 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
313 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
314 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
318 2017 July 21
320 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
321 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
322 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
323 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
324 together with the softwrap option. This release further
325 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
326 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
327 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
328 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
332 2017 June 25
334 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
335 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
336 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
337 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
338 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
339 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
340 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
344 2017 May 21
346 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
347 man page again.
351 2017 May 18
353 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
354 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
355 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
356 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
357 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
361 2017 May 4
363 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
364 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
365 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
366 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
367 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
368 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
369 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
370 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
371 translation updates for fifteen languages.
375 2017 April 12
377 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
378 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
379 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
380 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
381 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
382 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
383 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
384 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
385 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
386 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
387 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
388 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
389 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
393 2017 March 31
395 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
396 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
397 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
398 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
399 the start and end of a row, and only when already
400 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
401 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
402 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
403 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
404 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
405 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
406 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
407 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
408 David Ramsey.
412 2017 February 23
414 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
415 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
416 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
417 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
418 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
419 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
420 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
421 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
422 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
426 2017 January 10
428 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
429 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
430 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
431 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
432 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
433 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
434 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
438 2016 December 28
440 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
441 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
442 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
443 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
444 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
445 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
446 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
447 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
448 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
449 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
450 Tastes great with thick butter.
454 2016 December 12
456 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
457 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
458 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
459 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
460 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
461 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
462 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
463 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
464 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
465 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
466 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
467 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
471 2016 October 29
473 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
474 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
475 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
476 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
477 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
478 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
479 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
480 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
481 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
482 read into it. Come and check it out!
486 2016 September 1
488 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
489 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
490 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
491 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
492 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
493 but it's time to get it out there.
495 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
496 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
497 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
501 2016 August 10
503 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
504 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
505 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
506 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
507 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
508 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
509 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
510 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
514 2016 July 28
516 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
517 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
518 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
519 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
520 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
521 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
522 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
523 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
524 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
525 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
526 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
527 Come get your hair tousled!
531 2016 June 27
533 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
534 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
535 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
536 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
537 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
538 even worth mentioning).
542 2016 June 17
544 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
545 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
546 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
547 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
548 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
549 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
550 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
551 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
552 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
553 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
554 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
555 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
557 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
558 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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