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19 2018 January 29
21 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
22 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
23 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
24 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
25 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
26 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
27 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
28 witespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
29 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
30 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
31 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
32 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
33 other small fry.
37 2018 January 2
39 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
40 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
41 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
42 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
43 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
44 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
45 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
46 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
47 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
48 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
49 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
50 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
51 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
52 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
53 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
57 2017 November 27
59 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
60 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
61 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
62 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
63 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
64 at line 1, column 1.
68 2017 November 18
70 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
71 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
72 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
73 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
74 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
75 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
76 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
77 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
78 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
79 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
80 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
81 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
82 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
83 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
87 2017 August 27
89 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
90 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
91 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
92 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
93 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
94 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
95 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
96 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
97 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
101 2017 July 21
103 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
104 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
105 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
106 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
107 together with the softwrap option. This release further
108 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
109 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
110 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
111 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
115 2017 June 25
117 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
118 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
119 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
120 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
121 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
122 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
123 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
127 2017 May 21
129 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
130 man page again.
134 2017 May 18
136 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
137 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
138 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
139 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
140 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
144 2017 May 4
146 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
147 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
148 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
149 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
150 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
151 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
152 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
153 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
154 translation updates for fifteen languages.
158 2017 April 12
160 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
161 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
162 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
163 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
164 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
165 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
166 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
167 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
168 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
169 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
170 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
171 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
172 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
176 2017 March 31
178 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
179 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
180 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
181 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
182 the start and end of a row, and only when already
183 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
184 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
185 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
186 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
187 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
188 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
189 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
190 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
191 David Ramsey.
195 2017 February 23
197 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
198 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
199 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
200 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
201 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
202 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
203 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
204 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
205 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
209 2017 January 10
211 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
212 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
213 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
214 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
215 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
216 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
217 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
221 2016 December 28
223 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
224 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
225 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
226 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
227 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
228 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
229 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
230 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
231 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
232 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
233 Tastes great with thick butter.
237 2016 December 12
239 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
240 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
241 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
242 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
243 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
244 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
245 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
246 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
247 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
248 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
249 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
250 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
254 2016 October 29
256 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
257 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
258 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
259 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
260 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
261 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
262 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
263 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
264 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
265 read into it. Come and check it out!
269 2016 September 1
271 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
272 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
273 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
274 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
275 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
276 but it's time to get it out there.
278 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
279 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
280 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
284 2016 August 10
286 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
287 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
288 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
289 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
290 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
291 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
292 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
293 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
297 2016 July 28
299 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
300 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
301 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
302 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
303 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
304 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
305 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
306 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
307 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
308 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
309 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
310 Come get your hair tousled!
314 2016 June 27
316 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
317 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
318 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
319 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
320 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
321 even worth mentioning).
325 2016 June 17
327 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
328 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
329 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
330 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
331 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
332 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
333 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
334 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
335 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
336 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
337 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
338 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
340 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
341 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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