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18 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
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20 <table><tr><td><ul>
21 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
22 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
23 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
24 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
25 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
26 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
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30 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
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32 <table><tr><td><ul>
33 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
34 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
35 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
36 same overflow line.</li>
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40 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
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42 <table><tr><td><ul>
43 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the</li>
44 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
45 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.<br>
46 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
47 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
48 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
49 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
50 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
51 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
52 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
53 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
54 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
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58 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
59 <br><br>
60 <table><tr><td><ul>
61 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
62 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
63 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
64 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
65 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
66 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
67 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
68 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
69 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
70 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
71 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
72 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
73 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
74 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
75 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
76 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
77 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
78 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
79 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
80 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
81 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
82 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
83 </ul></td></tr></table>
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86 <pre>
88 2018 November 11
90 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
91 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
92 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
93 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
94 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
95 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
96 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
97 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
98 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
99 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
100 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
101 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
102 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
103 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
104 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
105 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
106 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
107 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
108 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
109 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
110 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
114 2018 September 18
116 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
117 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
118 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
119 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
120 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
124 2018 September 9
126 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
127 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
128 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
129 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
130 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
131 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
132 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
133 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
134 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
135 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
136 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
137 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
138 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
139 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
140 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
141 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
142 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
143 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
144 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
145 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
146 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
150 2018 June 2
152 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
153 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
154 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
155 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
156 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
157 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
158 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
159 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
163 2018 May 15
165 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
166 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
167 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
168 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
169 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
170 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
171 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
172 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
173 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
177 2018 April 27
179 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
180 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
181 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
182 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
183 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
184 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
185 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
186 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
190 2018 March 29
192 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
193 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
194 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
195 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
196 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
197 which gives the default foreground or background color,
198 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
199 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
200 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
201 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
202 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
203 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
204 file names.
208 2018 March 8
210 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
211 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
212 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
213 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
214 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
215 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
216 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
217 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
218 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
219 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
220 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
221 and six deprecated bindable function names.
225 2018 January 29
227 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
228 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
229 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
230 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
231 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
232 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
233 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
234 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
235 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
236 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
237 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
238 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
239 other small fry.
243 2018 January 2
245 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
246 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
247 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
248 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
249 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
250 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
251 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
252 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
253 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
254 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
255 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
256 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
257 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
258 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
259 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
263 2017 November 27
265 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
266 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
267 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
268 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
269 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
270 at line 1, column 1.
274 2017 November 18
276 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
277 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
278 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
279 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
280 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
281 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
282 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
283 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
284 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
285 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
286 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
287 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
288 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
289 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
293 2017 August 27
295 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
296 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
297 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
298 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
299 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
300 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
301 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
302 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
303 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
307 2017 July 21
309 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
310 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
311 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
312 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
313 together with the softwrap option. This release further
314 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
315 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
316 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
317 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
321 2017 June 25
323 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
324 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
325 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
326 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
327 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
328 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
329 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
333 2017 May 21
335 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
336 man page again.
340 2017 May 18
342 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
343 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
344 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
345 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
346 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
350 2017 May 4
352 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
353 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
354 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
355 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
356 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
357 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
358 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
359 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
360 translation updates for fifteen languages.
364 2017 April 12
366 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
367 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
368 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
369 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
370 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
371 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
372 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
373 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
374 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
375 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
376 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
377 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
378 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
382 2017 March 31
384 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
385 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
386 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
387 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
388 the start and end of a row, and only when already
389 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
390 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
391 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
392 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
393 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
394 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
395 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
396 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
397 David Ramsey.
401 2017 February 23
403 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
404 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
405 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
406 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
407 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
408 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
409 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
410 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
411 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
415 2017 January 10
417 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
418 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
419 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
420 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
421 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
422 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
423 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
427 2016 December 28
429 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
430 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
431 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
432 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
433 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
434 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
435 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
436 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
437 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
438 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
439 Tastes great with thick butter.
443 2016 December 12
445 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
446 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
447 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
448 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
449 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
450 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
451 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
452 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
453 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
454 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
455 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
456 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
460 2016 October 29
462 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
463 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
464 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
465 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
466 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
467 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
468 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
469 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
470 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
471 read into it. Come and check it out!
475 2016 September 1
477 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
478 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
479 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
480 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
481 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
482 but it's time to get it out there.
484 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
485 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
486 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
490 2016 August 10
492 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
493 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
494 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
495 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
496 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
497 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
498 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
499 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
503 2016 July 28
505 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
506 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
507 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
508 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
509 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
510 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
511 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
512 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
513 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
514 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
515 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
516 Come get your hair tousled!
520 2016 June 27
522 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
523 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
524 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
525 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
526 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
527 even worth mentioning).
531 2016 June 17
533 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
534 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
535 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
536 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
537 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
538 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
539 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
540 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
541 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
542 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
543 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
544 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
546 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
547 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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