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19 2017 April 12
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21 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
22 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
23 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
24 shows double-width characters as ">" and "<" when split
25 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
26 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
27 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
28 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
29 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
30 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
31 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
32 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
33 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
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37 2017 March 31
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39 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
40 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
41 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
42 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
43 the start and end of a row, and only when already
44 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
45 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
46 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
47 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
48 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
49 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
50 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
51 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
52 David Ramsey.
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56 2017 February 23
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58 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
59 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
60 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
61 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
62 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
63 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
64 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
65 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
66 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
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70 2017 January 10
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72 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
73 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
74 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
75 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
76 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
77 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
78 the beginning-of-word anchor (\<) in regex searches.
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82 2016 December 28
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84 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
85 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
86 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
87 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
88 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
89 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
90 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
91 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
92 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
93 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
94 Tastes great with thick butter.
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98 2016 December 12
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100 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
101 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
102 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
103 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
104 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
105 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
106 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
107 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
108 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
109 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
110 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
111 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
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115 2016 October 29
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117 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
118 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
119 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
120 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
121 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
122 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
123 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
124 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
125 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
126 read into it. Come and check it out!
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130 2016 September 1
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132 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
133 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
134 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
135 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
136 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
137 but it's time to get it out there.
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139 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
140 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
141 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
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145 2016 August 10
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147 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
148 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
149 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
150 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
151 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
152 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
153 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
154 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
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158 2016 July 28
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160 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
161 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
162 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
163 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
164 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
165 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
166 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
167 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
168 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
169 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
170 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
171 Come get your hair tousled!
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175 2016 June 27
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177 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
178 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
179 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
180 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
181 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
182 even worth mentioning).
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186 2016 June 17
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188 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
189 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
190 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
191 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
192 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
193 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
194 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
195 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
196 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
197 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
198 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
199 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
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201 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
202 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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