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19 2018 November 11
21 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
22 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
23 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
24 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
25 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
26 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
27 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
28 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
29 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
30 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
31 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
32 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
33 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
34 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
35 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
36 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
37 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
38 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
39 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
40 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
41 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
45 2018 September 18
47 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
48 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
49 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
50 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
51 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
55 2018 September 9
57 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
58 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
59 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
60 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
61 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
62 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
63 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
64 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
65 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
66 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
67 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
68 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
69 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
70 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
71 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
72 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
73 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
74 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
75 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
76 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
77 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
81 2018 June 2
83 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
84 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
85 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
86 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
87 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
88 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
89 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
90 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
94 2018 May 15
96 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
97 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
98 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
99 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
100 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
101 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
102 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
103 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
104 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
108 2018 April 27
110 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
111 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
112 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
113 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
114 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
115 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
116 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
117 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
121 2018 March 29
123 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
124 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
125 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
126 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
127 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
128 which gives the default foreground or background color,
129 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
130 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
131 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
132 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
133 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
134 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
135 file names.
139 2018 March 8
141 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
142 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
143 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
144 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
145 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
146 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
147 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
148 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
149 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
150 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
151 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
152 and six deprecated bindable function names.
156 2018 January 29
158 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
159 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
160 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
161 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
162 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
163 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
164 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
165 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
166 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
167 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
168 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
169 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
170 other small fry.
174 2018 January 2
176 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
177 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
178 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
179 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
180 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
181 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
182 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
183 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
184 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
185 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
186 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
187 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
188 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
189 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
190 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
194 2017 November 27
196 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
197 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
198 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
199 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
200 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
201 at line 1, column 1.
205 2017 November 18
207 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
208 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
209 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
210 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
211 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
212 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
213 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
214 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
215 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
216 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
217 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
218 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
219 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
220 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
224 2017 August 27
226 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
227 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
228 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
229 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
230 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
231 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
232 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
233 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
234 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
238 2017 July 21
240 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
241 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
242 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
243 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
244 together with the softwrap option. This release further
245 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
246 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
247 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
248 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
252 2017 June 25
254 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
255 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
256 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
257 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
258 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
259 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
260 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
264 2017 May 21
266 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
267 man page again.
271 2017 May 18
273 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
274 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
275 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
276 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
277 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
281 2017 May 4
283 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
284 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
285 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
286 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
287 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
288 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
289 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
290 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
291 translation updates for fifteen languages.
295 2017 April 12
297 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
298 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
299 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
300 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
301 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
302 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
303 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
304 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
305 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
306 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
307 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
308 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
309 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
313 2017 March 31
315 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
316 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
317 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
318 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
319 the start and end of a row, and only when already
320 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
321 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
322 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
323 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
324 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
325 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
326 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
327 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
328 David Ramsey.
332 2017 February 23
334 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
335 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
336 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
337 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
338 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
339 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
340 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
341 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
342 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
346 2017 January 10
348 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
349 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
350 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
351 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
352 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
353 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
354 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
358 2016 December 28
360 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
361 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
362 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
363 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
364 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
365 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
366 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
367 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
368 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
369 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
370 Tastes great with thick butter.
374 2016 December 12
376 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
377 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
378 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
379 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
380 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
381 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
382 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
383 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
384 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
385 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
386 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
387 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
391 2016 October 29
393 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
394 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
395 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
396 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
397 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
398 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
399 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
400 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
401 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
402 read into it. Come and check it out!
406 2016 September 1
408 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
409 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
410 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
411 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
412 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
413 but it's time to get it out there.
415 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
416 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
417 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
421 2016 August 10
423 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
424 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
425 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
426 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
427 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
428 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
429 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
430 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
434 2016 July 28
436 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
437 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
438 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
439 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
440 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
441 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
442 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
443 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
444 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
445 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
446 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
447 Come get your hair tousled!
451 2016 June 27
453 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
454 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
455 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
456 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
457 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
458 even worth mentioning).
462 2016 June 17
464 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
465 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
466 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
467 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
468 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
469 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
470 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
471 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
472 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
473 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
474 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
475 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
477 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
478 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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