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18 <br><br>
20 2021 March 3 - <b>GNU nano 5.6.1</b> "Geelgors"
21 <br>
22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>Search matches are properly colorized in softwrap mode too.</li>
24 <li>Option 'highlightcolor' has been renamed to 'spotlightcolor'.</li>
25 </ul></td></tr></table>
26 <br><br>
28 2021 February 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.6</b> "Wielewaal"
29 <br>
30 <table><tr><td><ul>
31 <li>A search match gets highlighted (in black on yellow by default),<br>
32 in addition to placing the cursor at the start of the match.<br>
33 The color combination can be changed with 'set highlightcolor'.<br>
34 By default the cursor is hidden until the next keystroke, but<br>
35 it can be forced on with <tt>--showcursor</tt> / 'set showcursor'.</li>
36 <li>Option <tt>--markmatch</tt> / 'set markmatch' has been removed.</li>
37 <li>Cursor position and character code are displayed in the minibar<br>
38 only when option <tt>--constantshow</tt> / 'set constantshow' is used,<br>
39 and their display can be toggled with <tt>M-C</tt>.</li>
40 <li>The state flags are displayed in the minibar only when option<br>
41 <tt>--stateflags</tt> / 'set stateflags' is used.</li>
42 </ul></td></tr></table>
43 <br><br>
45 2021 January 14 - <b>GNU nano 5.5</b> "Rebecca"
46 <br>
47 <table><tr><td><ul>
48 <li>Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead<br>
49 show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name<br>
50 (plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position<br>
51 (line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags<br>
52 that <tt>--stateflags</tt> normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer<br>
53 that is above the cursor.</li>
54 <li>With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can<br>
55 be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always<br>
56 has the same color as the title bar).</li>
57 <li>Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search<br>
58 by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more<br>
59 visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.<br>
60 (If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)</li>
61 <li>The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',<br>
62 to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.</li>
63 <li>Support for Slang has been removed.</li>
64 </ul></td></tr></table>
65 <br><br>
67 2020 December 2 - <b>GNU nano 5.4</b> "Terre des hommes"
68 <br>
69 <table><tr><td><ul>
70 <li>Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and<br>
71 other zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes<br>
72 also any succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing<br>
73 deletes just one character at a time.</li>
74 </ul></td></tr></table>
75 <br><br>
77 2020 October 7 - <b>GNU nano 5.3</b> "Revolution!"
78 <br>
79 <table><tr><td><ul>
80 <li>Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,<br>
81 the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the<br>
82 title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified<br>
83 buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.</li>
84 <li>Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type<br>
85 of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because<br>
86 in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option<br>
87 <tt>--magic</tt> or <tt>-!</tt> or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.</li>
88 <li>The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.</li>
89 </ul></td></tr></table>
90 <br><br>
92 2020 August 24 - <b>GNU nano 5.2</b> "Ranrapalca"
93 <br>
94 <table><tr><td><ul>
95 <li>Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.</li>
96 <li>Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.</li>
97 <li>Using <tt>--positionlog</tt> does not complain at the first start.</li>
98 <li>A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.</li>
99 </ul></td></tr></table>
100 <br><br>
102 2020 August 12 - <b>GNU nano 5.1</b> "Cantabria"
103 <br>
104 <table><tr><td><ul>
105 <li><tt>M-Bsp</tt> (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.</li>
106 <li><tt>M-[</tt> has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the<br>
107 starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing<br>
108 it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)</li>
109 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> and <tt>--softwrap</tt>, the first keystroke in an<br>
110 empty buffer does not crash.</li>
111 <li>Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.</li>
112 <li>In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.</li>
113 </ul></td></tr></table>
114 <br><br>
116 2020 July 29 - <b>GNU nano 5.0</b> "Among the fields of barley"
117 <br>
118 <table><tr><td><ul>
119 <li>With <tt>--indicator</tt> (or <tt>-q</tt> or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind<br>
120 of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where<br>
121 in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.</li>
122 <li>With &lt;Alt+Insert&gt; any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and<br>
123 &lt;Alt+PageUp&gt; and &lt;Alt+PageDown&gt; will jump to the nearest anchor.<br>
124 When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.</li>
125 <li>The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the<br>
126 main menu (with <tt>^T</tt>, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,<br>
127 Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and<br>
128 Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.</li>
129 <li>On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color<br>
130 names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,<br>
131 peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.</li>
132 <li>For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,<br>
133 white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.<br>
134 Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.</li>
135 <li>All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"<br>
136 (in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.</li>
137 <li>With <tt>--bookstyle</tt> (or <tt>-O</tt> or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any<br>
138 line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.</li>
139 <li>Refreshing the screen with <tt>^L</tt> now works in every menu.</li>
140 <li>In the main menu, <tt>^L</tt> also centers the line with the cursor.</li>
141 <li>Toggling the help lines with <tt>M-X</tt> now works in all menus except<br>
142 in the help viewer and the linter.</li>
143 <li>At a filename prompt, the first &lt;Tab&gt; lists the possibilities,<br>
144 and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.</li>
145 <li>Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.</li>
146 <li>Long option <tt>--tempfile</tt> has been renamed to <tt>--saveonexit</tt>.</li>
147 <li>Short option <tt>-S</tt> is now a synonym of <tt>--softwrap</tt>.</li>
148 <li>The New Buffer toggle (<tt>M-F</tt>) has become non-persistent. Options<br>
149 <tt>--multibuffer</tt> and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.</li>
150 <li>Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).</li>
151 <li>Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.</li>
152 <li>The raw escape sequences for <tt>F13</tt> to <tt>F16</tt> are no longer recognized.</li>
153 <li>Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,<br>
154 have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected<br>
155 distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.</li>
156 <li>Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.</li>
157 </ul></td></tr></table>
158 <br><br>
160 2020 May 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.3</b> "Almendras"
161 <br><br>
162 <table><tr><td>
163 One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when<br>
164 the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
165 </td></tr></table>
166 <br><br>
168 2020 April 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.2</b> "Mali Lo&scaron;inj"
169 <br><br>
170 <table><tr><td>
171 Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash<br>
172 after undoing an &lt;Enter&gt; at the end of leading whitespace.
173 </td></tr></table>
174 <br><br>
176 2020 March 31 - <b>GNU nano 4.9.1</b> "Sapperdeflap"
177 <br><br>
178 <table><tr><td>
179 Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor<br>
180 getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering<br>
181 of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
182 </td></tr></table>
183 <br><br>
185 2020 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.9</b> "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
186 <br>
187 <table><tr><td><ul>
188 <li>When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the<br>
189 succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.</li>
190 <li>Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.</li>
191 <li>Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.</li>
192 <li>On the BSDs and macOS, <tt>^H</tt> has become rebindable again<br>
193 (in most terminal emulators, not on the console).</li>
194 <li>DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.</li>
195 <li>Option <tt>--suspend</tt> / 'set suspend' has been renamed to<br>
196 the more logical <tt>--suspendable</tt> / 'set suspendable'.</li>
197 </ul></td></tr></table>
198 <br><br>
200 2020 February 7 - <b>GNU nano 4.8</b> "Ja&scaron;ka"
201 <br>
202 <table><tr><td><ul>
203 <li>When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,<br>
204 and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single <tt>M-U</tt>.</li>
205 <li>When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing <tt>^C</tt>/Cancel<br>
206 quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)</li>
207 <li>Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.<br>
208 Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring<br>
209 Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.</li>
210 <li>The configuration option <tt>--with-slang</tt> (to be avoided when possible)<br>
211 can now be used only together with <tt>--enable-tiny</tt>.</li>
212 <li>A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with<br>
213 <tt>-f filename</tt> or <tt>--rcfile=filename</tt>.</li>
214 </ul></td></tr></table>
215 <br><br>
217 2019 December 23 - <b>GNU nano 4.7</b> "Havikskruid"
218 <br>
219 <table><tr><td><ul>
220 <li>A &lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are<br>
221 on different lines.</li>
222 <li>Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the<br>
223 same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).</li>
224 <li>When using <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> or <tt>^J</tt>, a line will never be broken in<br>
225 its leading whitespace or quoting.</li>
226 <li>The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.</li>
227 </ul></td></tr></table>
228 <br><br>
230 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
231 <br>
232 <table><tr><td><ul>
233 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
234 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
235 the buffer.</li>
236 <li><tt>^T</tt> will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
237 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
238 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
239 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
240 </ul></td></tr></table>
241 <br><br>
243 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
244 <br>
245 <table><tr><td><ul>
246 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
247 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
248 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
249 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
250 </ul></td></tr></table>
251 <br><br>
253 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
254 <br>
255 <table><tr><td><ul>
256 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
257 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
258 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
259 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
260 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
261 </ul></td></tr></table>
262 <br><br>
264 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
265 <br>
266 <table><tr><td><ul>
267 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
268 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
269 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
270 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
271 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
272 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
273 </ul></td></tr></table>
274 <br><br>
276 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
277 <br>
278 <table><tr><td><ul>
279 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
280 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
281 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
282 same overflow line.</li>
283 </ul></td></tr></table>
284 <br><br>
286 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
287 <br>
288 <table><tr><td><ul>
289 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
290 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
291 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
292 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
293 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
294 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
295 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
296 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
297 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
298 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
299 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
300 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
301 </ul></td></tr></table>
302 <br><br>
304 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
305 <br>
306 <table><tr><td><ul>
307 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
308 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
309 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
310 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
311 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
312 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
313 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
314 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
315 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
316 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
317 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
318 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
319 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
320 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
321 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
322 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
323 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
324 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
325 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
326 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
327 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
328 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
329 </ul></td></tr></table>
330 <br>
332 <pre>
334 2018 November 11
336 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
337 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
338 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
339 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
340 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
341 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
342 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
343 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
344 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
345 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
346 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
347 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
348 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
349 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
350 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
351 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
352 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
353 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
354 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
355 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
356 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
360 2018 September 18
362 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
363 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
364 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
365 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
366 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
370 2018 September 9
372 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
373 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
374 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
375 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
376 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
377 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
378 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
379 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
380 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
381 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
382 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
383 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
384 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
385 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
386 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
387 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
388 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
389 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
390 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
391 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
392 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
396 2018 June 2
398 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
399 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
400 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
401 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
402 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
403 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
404 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
405 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
409 2018 May 15
411 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
412 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
413 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
414 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
415 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
416 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
417 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
418 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
419 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
423 2018 April 27
425 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
426 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
427 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
428 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
429 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
430 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
431 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
432 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
436 2018 March 29
438 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
439 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
440 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
441 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
442 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
443 which gives the default foreground or background color,
444 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
445 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
446 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
447 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
448 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
449 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
450 file names.
454 2018 March 8
456 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
457 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
458 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
459 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
460 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
461 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
462 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
463 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
464 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
465 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
466 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
467 and six deprecated bindable function names.
471 2018 January 29
473 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
474 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
475 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
476 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
477 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
478 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
479 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
480 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
481 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
482 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
483 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
484 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
485 other small fry.
489 2018 January 2
491 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
492 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
493 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
494 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
495 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
496 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
497 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
498 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
499 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
500 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
501 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
502 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
503 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
504 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
505 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
509 2017 November 27
511 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
512 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
513 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
514 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
515 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
516 at line 1, column 1.
520 2017 November 18
522 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
523 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
524 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
525 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
526 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
527 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
528 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
529 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
530 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
531 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
532 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
533 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
534 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
535 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
539 2017 August 27
541 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
542 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
543 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
544 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
545 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
546 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
547 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
548 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
549 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
553 2017 July 21
555 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
556 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
557 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
558 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
559 together with the softwrap option. This release further
560 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
561 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
562 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
563 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
567 2017 June 25
569 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
570 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
571 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
572 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
573 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
574 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
575 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
579 2017 May 21
581 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
582 man page again.
586 2017 May 18
588 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
589 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
590 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
591 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
592 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
596 2017 May 4
598 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
599 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
600 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
601 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
602 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
603 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
604 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
605 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
606 translation updates for fifteen languages.
610 2017 April 12
612 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
613 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
614 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
615 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
616 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
617 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
618 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
619 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
620 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
621 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
622 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
623 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
624 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
628 2017 March 31
630 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
631 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
632 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
633 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
634 the start and end of a row, and only when already
635 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
636 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
637 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
638 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
639 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
640 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
641 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
642 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
643 David Ramsey.
647 2017 February 23
649 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
650 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
651 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
652 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
653 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
654 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
655 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
656 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
657 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
661 2017 January 10
663 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
664 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
665 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
666 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
667 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
668 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
669 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
673 2016 December 28
675 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
676 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
677 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
678 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
679 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
680 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
681 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
682 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
683 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
684 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
685 Tastes great with thick butter.
689 2016 December 12
691 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
692 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
693 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
694 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
695 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
696 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
697 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
698 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
699 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
700 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
701 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
702 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
706 2016 October 29
708 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
709 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
710 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
711 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
712 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
713 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
714 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
715 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
716 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
717 read into it. Come and check it out!
721 2016 September 1
723 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
724 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
725 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
726 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
727 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
728 but it's time to get it out there.
730 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
731 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
732 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
736 2016 August 10
738 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
739 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
740 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
741 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
742 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
743 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
744 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
745 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
749 2016 July 28
751 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
752 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
753 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
754 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
755 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
756 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
757 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
758 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
759 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
760 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
761 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
762 Come get your hair tousled!
766 2016 June 27
768 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
769 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
770 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
771 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
772 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
773 even worth mentioning).
777 2016 June 17
779 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
780 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
781 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
782 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
783 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
784 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
785 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
786 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
787 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
788 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
789 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
790 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
792 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
793 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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