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18 2019 April 15 - GNU nano 4.1 "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
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21 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the</li>
22 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
23 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.<br>
24 <li>The now unneeded option --finalnewline (-f) has been removed.</li>
25 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
26 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
27 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
28 <li>M-S now toggles soft wrapping, and M-N toggles line numbers.</li>
29 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
30 <li>The legacy keystrokes ^W^Y and ^W^V are recognized again.</li>
31 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
32 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
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36 2019 March 24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
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39 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
40 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
41 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
42 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
43 <li>Option --breaklonglines (-b) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
44 <li>Option --jumpyscrolling (-j) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
45 <li>Option --finalnewline (-f) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
46 <li>Option --emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
47 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
48 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
49 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
50 <li>Option --guidestripe=&lt;number&gt; draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
51 <li>Option --fill=&lt;number&gt; no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
52 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
53 <li>The halfs of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
54 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
55 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
56 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
57 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
58 <li>Option --rebinddelete is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
59 <li>Options --morespace and --smooth are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
60 <li>The --disable-wrapping-as-root configure option was removed.</li>
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66 2018 November 11
68 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
69 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
70 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
71 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
72 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
73 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
74 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
75 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
76 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
77 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
78 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
79 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
80 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
81 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
82 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
83 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
84 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
85 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
86 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
87 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
88 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
92 2018 September 18
94 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
95 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
96 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
97 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
98 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
102 2018 September 9
104 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
105 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
106 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
107 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
108 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
109 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
110 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
111 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
112 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
113 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
114 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
115 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
116 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
117 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
118 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
119 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
120 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
121 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
122 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
123 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
124 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
128 2018 June 2
130 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
131 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
132 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
133 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
134 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
135 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
136 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
137 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
141 2018 May 15
143 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
144 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
145 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
146 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
147 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
148 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
149 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
150 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
151 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
155 2018 April 27
157 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
158 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
159 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
160 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
161 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
162 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
163 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
164 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
168 2018 March 29
170 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
171 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
172 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
173 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
174 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
175 which gives the default foreground or background color,
176 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
177 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
178 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
179 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
180 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
181 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
182 file names.
186 2018 March 8
188 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
189 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
190 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
191 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
192 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
193 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
194 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
195 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
196 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
197 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
198 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
199 and six deprecated bindable function names.
203 2018 January 29
205 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
206 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
207 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
208 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
209 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
210 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
211 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
212 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
213 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
214 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
215 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
216 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
217 other small fry.
221 2018 January 2
223 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
224 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
225 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
226 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
227 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
228 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
229 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
230 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
231 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
232 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
233 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
234 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
235 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
236 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
237 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
241 2017 November 27
243 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
244 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
245 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
246 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
247 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
248 at line 1, column 1.
252 2017 November 18
254 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
255 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
256 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
257 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
258 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
259 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
260 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
261 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
262 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
263 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
264 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
265 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
266 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
267 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
271 2017 August 27
273 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
274 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
275 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
276 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
277 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
278 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
279 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
280 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
281 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
285 2017 July 21
287 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
288 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
289 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
290 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
291 together with the softwrap option. This release further
292 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
293 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
294 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
295 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
299 2017 June 25
301 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
302 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
303 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
304 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
305 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
306 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
307 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
311 2017 May 21
313 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
314 man page again.
318 2017 May 18
320 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
321 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
322 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
323 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
324 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
328 2017 May 4
330 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
331 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
332 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
333 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
334 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
335 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
336 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
337 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
338 translation updates for fifteen languages.
342 2017 April 12
344 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
345 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
346 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
347 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
348 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
349 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
350 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
351 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
352 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
353 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
354 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
355 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
356 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
360 2017 March 31
362 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
363 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
364 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
365 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
366 the start and end of a row, and only when already
367 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
368 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
369 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
370 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
371 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
372 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
373 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
374 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
375 David Ramsey.
379 2017 February 23
381 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
382 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
383 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
384 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
385 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
386 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
387 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
388 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
389 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
393 2017 January 10
395 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
396 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
397 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
398 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
399 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
400 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
401 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
405 2016 December 28
407 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
408 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
409 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
410 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
411 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
412 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
413 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
414 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
415 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
416 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
417 Tastes great with thick butter.
421 2016 December 12
423 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
424 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
425 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
426 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
427 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
428 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
429 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
430 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
431 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
432 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
433 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
434 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
438 2016 October 29
440 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
441 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
442 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
443 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
444 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
445 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
446 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
447 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
448 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
449 read into it. Come and check it out!
453 2016 September 1
455 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
456 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
457 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
458 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
459 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
460 but it's time to get it out there.
462 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
463 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
464 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
468 2016 August 10
470 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
471 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
472 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
473 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
474 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
475 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
476 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
477 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
481 2016 July 28
483 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
484 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
485 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
486 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
487 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
488 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
489 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
490 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
491 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
492 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
493 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
494 Come get your hair tousled!
498 2016 June 27
500 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
501 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
502 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
503 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
504 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
505 even worth mentioning).
509 2016 June 17
511 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
512 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
513 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
514 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
515 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
516 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
517 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
518 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
519 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
520 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
521 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
522 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
524 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
525 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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