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19 2018 March 8
21 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
22 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
23 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
24 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
25 makes <Enter> at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
26 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
27 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
28 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
29 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
30 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
31 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
32 and six deprecated bindable function names.
36 2018 January 29
38 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
39 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
40 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
41 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
42 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
43 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
44 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
45 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
46 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
47 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
48 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
49 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
50 other small fry.
54 2018 January 2
56 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
57 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
58 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
59 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
60 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
61 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
62 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
63 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
64 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
65 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
66 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
67 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
68 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
69 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
70 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
74 2017 November 27
76 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
77 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
78 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
79 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
80 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
81 at line 1, column 1.
85 2017 November 18
87 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
88 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
89 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
90 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
91 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
92 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
93 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
94 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
95 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
96 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
97 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
98 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
99 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
100 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
104 2017 August 27
106 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
107 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
108 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
109 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
110 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
111 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
112 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
113 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
114 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
118 2017 July 21
120 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
121 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
122 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
123 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
124 together with the softwrap option. This release further
125 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
126 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
127 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
128 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
132 2017 June 25
134 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
135 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
136 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
137 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
138 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
139 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
140 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
144 2017 May 21
146 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
147 man page again.
151 2017 May 18
153 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
154 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
155 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
156 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
157 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
161 2017 May 4
163 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
164 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
165 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
166 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
167 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
168 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
169 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
170 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
171 translation updates for fifteen languages.
175 2017 April 12
177 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
178 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
179 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
180 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
181 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
182 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
183 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
184 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
185 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
186 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
187 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
188 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
189 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
193 2017 March 31
195 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
196 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
197 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
198 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
199 the start and end of a row, and only when already
200 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
201 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
202 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
203 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
204 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
205 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
206 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
207 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
208 David Ramsey.
212 2017 February 23
214 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
215 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
216 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
217 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
218 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
219 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
220 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
221 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
222 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
226 2017 January 10
228 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
229 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
230 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
231 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
232 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
233 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
234 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
238 2016 December 28
240 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
241 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
242 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
243 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
244 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
245 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
246 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
247 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
248 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
249 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
250 Tastes great with thick butter.
254 2016 December 12
256 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
257 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
258 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
259 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
260 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
261 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
262 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
263 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
264 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
265 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
266 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
267 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
271 2016 October 29
273 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
274 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
275 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
276 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
277 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
278 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
279 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
280 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
281 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
282 read into it. Come and check it out!
286 2016 September 1
288 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
289 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
290 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
291 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
292 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
293 but it's time to get it out there.
295 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
296 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
297 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
301 2016 August 10
303 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
304 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
305 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
306 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
307 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
308 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
309 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
310 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
314 2016 July 28
316 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
317 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
318 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
319 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
320 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
321 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
322 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
323 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
324 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
325 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
326 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
327 Come get your hair tousled!
331 2016 June 27
333 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
334 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
335 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
336 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
337 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
338 even worth mentioning).
342 2016 June 17
344 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
345 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
346 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
347 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
348 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
349 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
350 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
351 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
352 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
353 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
354 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
355 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
357 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
358 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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