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20 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
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22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
24 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
25 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
26 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
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30 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
31 <br>
32 <table><tr><td><ul>
33 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
34 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
35 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
36 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
37 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
38 </ul></td></tr></table>
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41 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
42 <br>
43 <table><tr><td><ul>
44 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
45 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
46 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
47 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
48 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
49 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
50 </ul></td></tr></table>
51 <br><br>
53 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
54 <br>
55 <table><tr><td><ul>
56 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
57 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
58 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
59 same overflow line.</li>
60 </ul></td></tr></table>
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63 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
64 <br>
65 <table><tr><td><ul>
66 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the</li>
67 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
68 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.<br>
69 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
70 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
71 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
72 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
73 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
74 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
75 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
76 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
77 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
78 </ul></td></tr></table>
79 <br><br>
81 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
82 <br>
83 <table><tr><td><ul>
84 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
85 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
86 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
87 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
88 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
89 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
90 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
91 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
92 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
93 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
94 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
95 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
96 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
97 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
98 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
99 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
100 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
101 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
102 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
103 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
104 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
105 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
106 </ul></td></tr></table>
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111 2018 November 11
113 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
114 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
115 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
116 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
117 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
118 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
119 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
120 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
121 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
122 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
123 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
124 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
125 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
126 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
127 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
128 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
129 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
130 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
131 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
132 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
133 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
137 2018 September 18
139 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
140 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
141 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
142 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
143 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
147 2018 September 9
149 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
150 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
151 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
152 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
153 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
154 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
155 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
156 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
157 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
158 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
159 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
160 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
161 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
162 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
163 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
164 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
165 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
166 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
167 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
168 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
169 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
173 2018 June 2
175 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
176 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
177 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
178 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
179 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
180 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
181 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
182 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
186 2018 May 15
188 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
189 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
190 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
191 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
192 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
193 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
194 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
195 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
196 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
200 2018 April 27
202 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
203 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
204 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
205 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
206 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
207 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
208 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
209 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
213 2018 March 29
215 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
216 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
217 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
218 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
219 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
220 which gives the default foreground or background color,
221 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
222 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
223 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
224 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
225 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
226 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
227 file names.
231 2018 March 8
233 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
234 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
235 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
236 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
237 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
238 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
239 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
240 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
241 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
242 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
243 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
244 and six deprecated bindable function names.
248 2018 January 29
250 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
251 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
252 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
253 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
254 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
255 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
256 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
257 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
258 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
259 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
260 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
261 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
262 other small fry.
266 2018 January 2
268 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
269 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
270 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
271 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
272 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
273 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
274 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
275 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
276 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
277 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
278 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
279 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
280 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
281 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
282 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
286 2017 November 27
288 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
289 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
290 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
291 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
292 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
293 at line 1, column 1.
297 2017 November 18
299 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
300 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
301 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
302 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
303 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
304 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
305 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
306 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
307 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
308 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
309 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
310 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
311 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
312 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
316 2017 August 27
318 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
319 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
320 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
321 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
322 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
323 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
324 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
325 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
326 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
330 2017 July 21
332 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
333 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
334 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
335 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
336 together with the softwrap option. This release further
337 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
338 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
339 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
340 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
344 2017 June 25
346 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
347 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
348 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
349 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
350 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
351 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
352 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
356 2017 May 21
358 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
359 man page again.
363 2017 May 18
365 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
366 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
367 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
368 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
369 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
373 2017 May 4
375 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
376 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
377 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
378 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
379 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
380 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
381 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
382 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
383 translation updates for fifteen languages.
387 2017 April 12
389 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
390 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
391 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
392 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
393 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
394 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
395 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
396 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
397 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
398 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
399 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
400 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
401 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
405 2017 March 31
407 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
408 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
409 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
410 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
411 the start and end of a row, and only when already
412 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
413 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
414 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
415 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
416 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
417 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
418 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
419 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
420 David Ramsey.
424 2017 February 23
426 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
427 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
428 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
429 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
430 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
431 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
432 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
433 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
434 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
438 2017 January 10
440 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
441 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
442 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
443 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
444 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
445 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
446 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
450 2016 December 28
452 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
453 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
454 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
455 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
456 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
457 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
458 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
459 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
460 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
461 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
462 Tastes great with thick butter.
466 2016 December 12
468 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
469 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
470 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
471 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
472 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
473 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
474 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
475 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
476 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
477 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
478 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
479 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
483 2016 October 29
485 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
486 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
487 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
488 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
489 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
490 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
491 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
492 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
493 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
494 read into it. Come and check it out!
498 2016 September 1
500 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
501 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
502 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
503 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
504 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
505 but it's time to get it out there.
507 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
508 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
509 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
513 2016 August 10
515 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
516 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
517 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
518 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
519 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
520 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
521 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
522 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
526 2016 July 28
528 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
529 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
530 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
531 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
532 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
533 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
534 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
535 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
536 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
537 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
538 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
539 Come get your hair tousled!
543 2016 June 27
545 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
546 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
547 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
548 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
549 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
550 even worth mentioning).
554 2016 June 17
556 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
557 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
558 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
559 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
560 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
561 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
562 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
563 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
564 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
565 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
566 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
567 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
569 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
570 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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