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18 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
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20 <table><tr><td><ul>
21 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
22 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
23 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
24 same overflow line.</li>
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27
28 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
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30 <table><tr><td><ul>
31 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the</li>
32 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
33 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.<br>
34 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
35 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
36 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
37 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
38 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
39 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
40 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
41 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
42 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
43 </ul></td></tr></table>
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45
46 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
47 <br><br>
48 <table><tr><td><ul>
49 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
50 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
51 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
52 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
53 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
54 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
55 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
56 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
57 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
58 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
59 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
60 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
61 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
62 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
63 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
64 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
65 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
66 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
67 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
68 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
69 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
70 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
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75
76 2018 November 11
77
78 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
79 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
80 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
81 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
82 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
83 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
84 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
85 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
86 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
87 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
88 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
89 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
90 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
91 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
92 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
93 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
94 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
95 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
96 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
97 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
98 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
99
100
101
102 2018 September 18
103
104 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
105 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
106 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
107 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
108 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
109
110
111
112 2018 September 9
113
114 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
115 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
116 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
117 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
118 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
119 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
120 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
121 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
122 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
123 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
124 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
125 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
126 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
127 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
128 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
129 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
130 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
131 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
132 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
133 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
134 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
135
136
137
138 2018 June 2
139
140 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
141 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
142 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
143 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
144 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
145 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
146 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
147 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
148
149
150
151 2018 May 15
152
153 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
154 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
155 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
156 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
157 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
158 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
159 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
160 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
161 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
162
163
164
165 2018 April 27
166
167 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
168 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
169 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
170 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
171 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
172 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
173 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
174 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
175
176
177
178 2018 March 29
179
180 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
181 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
182 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
183 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
184 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
185 which gives the default foreground or background color,
186 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
187 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
188 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
189 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
190 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
191 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
192 file names.
193
194
195
196 2018 March 8
197
198 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
199 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
200 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
201 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
202 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
203 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
204 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
205 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
206 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
207 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
208 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
209 and six deprecated bindable function names.
210
211
212
213 2018 January 29
214
215 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
216 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
217 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
218 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
219 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
220 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
221 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
222 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
223 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
224 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
225 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
226 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
227 other small fry.
228
229
230
231 2018 January 2
232
233 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
234 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
235 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
236 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
237 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
238 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
239 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
240 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
241 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
242 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
243 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
244 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
245 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
246 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
247 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
248
249
250
251 2017 November 27
252
253 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
254 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
255 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
256 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
257 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
258 at line 1, column 1.
259
260
261
262 2017 November 18
263
264 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
265 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
266 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
267 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
268 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
269 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
270 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
271 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
272 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
273 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
274 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
275 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
276 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
277 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
278
279
280
281 2017 August 27
282
283 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
284 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
285 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
286 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
287 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
288 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
289 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
290 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
291 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
292
293
294
295 2017 July 21
296
297 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
298 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
299 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
300 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
301 together with the softwrap option. This release further
302 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
303 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
304 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
305 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
306
307
308
309 2017 June 25
310
311 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
312 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
313 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
314 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
315 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
316 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
317 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
318
319
320
321 2017 May 21
322
323 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
324 man page again.
325
326
327
328 2017 May 18
329
330 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
331 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
332 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
333 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
334 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
335
336
337
338 2017 May 4
339
340 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
341 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
342 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
343 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
344 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
345 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
346 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
347 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
348 translation updates for fifteen languages.
349
350
351
352 2017 April 12
353
354 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
355 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
356 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
357 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
358 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
359 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
360 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
361 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
362 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
363 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
364 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
365 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
366 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
367
368
369
370 2017 March 31
371
372 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
373 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
374 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
375 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
376 the start and end of a row, and only when already
377 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
378 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
379 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
380 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
381 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
382 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
383 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
384 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
385 David Ramsey.
386
387
388
389 2017 February 23
390
391 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
392 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
393 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
394 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
395 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
396 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
397 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
398 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
399 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
400
401
402
403 2017 January 10
404
405 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
406 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
407 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
408 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
409 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
410 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
411 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
412
413
414
415 2016 December 28
416
417 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
418 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
419 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
420 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
421 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
422 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
423 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
424 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
425 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
426 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
427 Tastes great with thick butter.
428
429
430
431 2016 December 12
432
433 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
434 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
435 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
436 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
437 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
438 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
439 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
440 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
441 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
442 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
443 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
444 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
445
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447
448 2016 October 29
449
450 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
451 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
452 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
453 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
454 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
455 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
456 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
457 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
458 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
459 read into it. Come and check it out!
460
461
462
463 2016 September 1
464
465 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
466 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
467 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
468 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
469 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
470 but it's time to get it out there.
471
472 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
473 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
474 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
475
476
477
478 2016 August 10
479
480 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
481 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
482 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
483 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
484 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
485 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
486 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
487 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
488
489
490
491 2016 July 28
492
493 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
494 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
495 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
496 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
497 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
498 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
499 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
500 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
501 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
502 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
503 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
504 Come get your hair tousled!
505
506
507
508 2016 June 27
509
510 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
511 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
512 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
513 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
514 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
515 even worth mentioning).
516
517
518
519 2016 June 17
520
521 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
522 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
523 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
524 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
525 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
526 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
527 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
528 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
529 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
530 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
531 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
532 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
533
534 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
535 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
536
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