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18 2019 March 24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
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21 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
22 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
23 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
24 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
25 <li>Option --breaklonglines (-b) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
26 <li>Option --jumpyscrolling (-j) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
27 <li>Option --finalnewline (-f) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
28 <li>Option --emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
29 <li><Alt+Up> and <Alt+Down> now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
30 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
31 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
32 <li>Option --guidestripe=<number> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
33 <li>Option --fill=<number> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
34 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted ">".</li>
35 <li>The halfs of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
36 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
37 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
38 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
39 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
40 <li>Option --rebinddelete is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
41 <li>Options --morespace and --smooth are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
42 <li>The --disable-wrapping-as-root configure option was removed.</li>
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46 <pre>
48 2018 November 11
50 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
51 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
52 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
53 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
54 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
55 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
56 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
57 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
58 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
59 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
60 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
61 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
62 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
63 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
64 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
65 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
66 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
67 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
68 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
69 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
70 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
74 2018 September 18
76 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
77 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
78 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
79 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
80 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
84 2018 September 9
86 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
87 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
88 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
89 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
90 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
91 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
92 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
93 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
94 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
95 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
96 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
97 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
98 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
99 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
100 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
101 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
102 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
103 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
104 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
105 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
106 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
110 2018 June 2
112 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
113 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
114 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
115 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
116 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
117 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
118 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
119 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
123 2018 May 15
125 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
126 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
127 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
128 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
129 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
130 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
131 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
132 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
133 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
137 2018 April 27
139 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
140 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
141 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
142 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
143 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
144 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
145 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
146 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
150 2018 March 29
152 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
153 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
154 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
155 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
156 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
157 which gives the default foreground or background color,
158 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
159 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
160 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
161 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
162 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
163 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
164 file names.
168 2018 March 8
170 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
171 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
172 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
173 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
174 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
175 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
176 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
177 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
178 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
179 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
180 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
181 and six deprecated bindable function names.
185 2018 January 29
187 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
188 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
189 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
190 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
191 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
192 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
193 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
194 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
195 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
196 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
197 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
198 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
199 other small fry.
203 2018 January 2
205 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
206 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
207 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
208 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
209 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
210 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
211 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
212 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
213 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
214 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
215 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
216 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
217 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
218 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
219 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
223 2017 November 27
225 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
226 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
227 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
228 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
229 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
230 at line 1, column 1.
234 2017 November 18
236 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
237 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
238 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
239 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
240 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
241 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
242 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
243 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
244 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
245 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
246 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
247 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
248 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
249 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
253 2017 August 27
255 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
256 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
257 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
258 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
259 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
260 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
261 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
262 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
263 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
267 2017 July 21
269 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
270 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
271 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
272 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
273 together with the softwrap option. This release further
274 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
275 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
276 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
277 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
281 2017 June 25
283 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
284 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
285 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
286 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
287 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
288 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
289 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
293 2017 May 21
295 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
296 man page again.
300 2017 May 18
302 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
303 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
304 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
305 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
306 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
310 2017 May 4
312 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
313 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
314 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
315 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
316 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
317 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
318 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
319 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
320 translation updates for fifteen languages.
324 2017 April 12
326 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
327 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
328 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
329 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
330 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
331 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
332 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
333 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
334 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
335 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
336 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
337 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
338 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
342 2017 March 31
344 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
345 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
346 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
347 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
348 the start and end of a row, and only when already
349 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
350 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
351 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
352 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
353 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
354 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
355 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
356 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
357 David Ramsey.
361 2017 February 23
363 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
364 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
365 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
366 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
367 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
368 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
369 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
370 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
371 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
375 2017 January 10
377 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
378 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
379 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
380 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
381 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
382 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
383 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
387 2016 December 28
389 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
390 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
391 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
392 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
393 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
394 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
395 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
396 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
397 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
398 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
399 Tastes great with thick butter.
403 2016 December 12
405 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
406 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
407 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
408 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
409 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
410 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
411 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
412 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
413 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
414 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
415 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
416 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
420 2016 October 29
422 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
423 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
424 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
425 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
426 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
427 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
428 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
429 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
430 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
431 read into it. Come and check it out!
435 2016 September 1
437 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
438 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
439 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
440 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
441 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
442 but it's time to get it out there.
444 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
445 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
446 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
450 2016 August 10
452 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
453 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
454 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
455 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
456 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
457 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
458 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
459 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
463 2016 July 28
465 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
466 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
467 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
468 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
469 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
470 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
471 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
472 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
473 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
474 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
475 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
476 Come get your hair tousled!
480 2016 June 27
482 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
483 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
484 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
485 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
486 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
487 even worth mentioning).
491 2016 June 17
493 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
494 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
495 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
496 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
497 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
498 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
499 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
500 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
501 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
502 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
503 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
504 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
506 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
507 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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