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20 2019 November 29 - <b>GNU nano 4.6</b> "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
21 <br>
22 <table><tr><td><ul>
23 <li>The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to <tt>M-F</tt>.<br>
24 It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of<br>
25 the buffer.</li>
26 <li>^T will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks<br>
27 spellling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.</li>
28 <li>Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano<br>
29 down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.</li>
30 </ul></td></tr></table>
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33 2019 October 4 - <b>GNU nano 4.5</b> "Ko&scaron;ice"
34 <br>
35 <table><tr><td><ul>
36 <li>The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what<br>
37 the &lt;Tab&gt; key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...</li>
38 <li>The output of <tt>--help</tt> is properly aligned again for all languages.</li>
39 <li>&lt;Tab&gt; will indent a marked region also when <tt>M-}</tt> has been rebound.</li>
40 </ul></td></tr></table>
41 <br><br>
43 2019 August 25 - <b>GNU nano 4.4</b> "Hagelslag"
44 <br>
45 <table><tr><td><ul>
46 <li>At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence<br>
47 of a string by preceding the filename with <tt>+/string</tt> or <tt>+?string</tt>.</li>
48 <li>When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (<tt>--breaklonglines</tt>), any leading<br>
49 quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.</li>
50 <li><tt>M-6</tt> works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.</li>
51 </ul></td></tr></table>
52 <br><br>
54 2019 June 18 - <b>GNU nano 4.3</b> "Musa Kart"
55 <br>
56 <table><tr><td><ul>
57 <li>The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.</li>
58 <li>Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.</li>
59 <li>Asking for help (<tt>^G</tt>) when using <tt>--operatingdir</tt> does not crash.</li>
60 <li>The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with <tt>^C</tt>.</li>
61 <li>Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.</li>
62 <li><tt>M-D</tt> reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).</li>
63 </ul></td></tr></table>
64 <br><br>
66 2019 April 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.2</b> "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
67 <br>
68 <table><tr><td><ul>
69 <li>The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.</li>
70 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> works also when <tt>--ignorercfiles</tt> is used.</li>
71 <li>Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the<br>
72 same overflow line.</li>
73 </ul></td></tr></table>
74 <br><br>
76 2019 April 15 - <b>GNU nano 4.1</b> "Qu&eacute; corchos ser&aacute; eso?"
77 <br>
78 <table><tr><td><ul>
79 <li>By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the<br>
80 end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but<br>
81 also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.</li>
82 <li>The now unneeded option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) has been removed.</li>
83 <li>Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that<br>
84 the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.</li>
85 <li>In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.</li>
86 <li><tt>M-S</tt> now toggles soft wrapping, and <tt>M-N</tt> toggles line numbers.</li>
87 <li>The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.</li>
88 <li>The legacy keystrokes <tt>^W^Y</tt> and <tt>^W^V</tt> are recognized again.</li>
89 <li>Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.</li>
90 <li>Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.</li>
91 </ul></td></tr></table>
92 <br><br>
94 2019 March 24 - <b>GNU nano 4.0</b> "Thy Rope of Sands"
95 <br>
96 <table><tr><td><ul>
97 <li>An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.</li>
98 <li>Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.</li>
99 <li>A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.</li>
100 <li>The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.</li>
101 <li>Option <tt>--breaklonglines</tt> (<tt>-b</tt>) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.</li>
102 <li>Option <tt>--jumpyscrolling</tt> (<tt>-j</tt>) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.</li>
103 <li>Option <tt>--finalnewline</tt> (<tt>-f</tt>) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.</li>
104 <li>Option <tt>--emptyline</tt> (<tt>-e</tt>) leaves the line below the title bar unused.</li>
105 <li>&lt;Alt+Up&gt; and &lt;Alt+Down&gt; now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.</li>
106 <li>Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).</li>
107 <li>When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.</li>
108 <li>Option <tt>--guidestripe=&lt;number&gt;</tt> draws a vertical bar at the given column.</li>
109 <li>Option <tt>--fill=&lt;number&gt;</tt> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.</li>
110 <li>When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted "&gt;".</li>
111 <li>The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".</li>
112 <li>A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.</li>
113 <li>The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed<br>
114 to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.</li>
115 <li>The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.</li>
116 <li>Option <tt>--rebinddelete</tt> is able to compensate for more misbindings.</li>
117 <li>Options <tt>--morespace</tt> and <tt>--smooth</tt> are obsolete and thus ignored.</li>
118 <li>The <tt>--disable-wrapping-as-root</tt> configure option was removed.</li>
119 </ul></td></tr></table>
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124 2018 November 11
126 GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
127 for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
128 always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
129 title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
130 mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
131 for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
132 cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the &lt;Del&gt; and &lt;Backspace&gt;
133 keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
134 hard-binds &lt;Alt+Del&gt; to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
135 cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
136 renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
137 'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
138 reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
139 customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
140 use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
141 in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
142 be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
143 resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
144 F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
145 word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
146 and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
150 2018 September 18
152 GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme &ccedil;a!" fixes a
153 misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
154 does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
155 when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
156 and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
160 2018 September 9
162 GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
163 reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
164 speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
165 boundaries are deleted, makes &lt;Ctrl+Delete&gt; wipe the next
166 word and &lt;Ctrl+Shift+Delete&gt; the preceding word, binds M-Q
167 to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
168 placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
169 makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
170 number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
171 files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
172 'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
173 'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
174 Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
175 the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
176 menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
177 a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of &lt;Esc&gt; before
178 a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
179 sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
180 rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
181 bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
182 'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
186 2018 June 2
188 GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
189 buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
190 (^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
191 better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
192 justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
193 of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
194 about the number of lines written also when prepending or
195 appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
199 2018 May 15
201 GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
202 for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
203 ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
204 the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
205 buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
206 until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
207 renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
208 'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
209 corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
213 2018 April 27
215 GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
216 makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
217 of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
218 for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
219 go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
220 after an external spell check of a selected region, always
221 accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
222 any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
226 2018 March 29
228 GNU nano 2.9.5 "Ki&scaron;a pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
229 and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
230 keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
231 keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
232 This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
233 which gives the default foreground or background color,
234 which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
235 painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
236 a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
237 mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
238 slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
239 used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
240 file names.
244 2018 March 8
246 GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
247 (any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
248 the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
249 those error messages by default in bright white on red,
250 makes &lt;Enter&gt; at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
251 row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
252 file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
253 cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
254 cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
255 spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
256 names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
257 and six deprecated bindable function names.
261 2018 January 29
263 GNU nano 2.9.3 "C&oacute;rdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
264 that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
265 it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
266 work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
267 adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
268 recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
269 no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
270 whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
271 replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
272 pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
273 a needed color change when a line contains a start match
274 but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
275 other small fry.
279 2018 January 2
281 GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
282 state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
283 somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
284 linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
285 the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
286 the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
287 now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
288 (and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
289 to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
290 &lt;Tab&gt; and &lt;Shift+Tab&gt; indent and unindent a marked region,
291 allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
292 region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
293 or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
294 the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
295 (which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
299 2017 November 27
301 GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
302 is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
303 region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
304 when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
305 strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
306 at line 1, column 1.
310 2017 November 18
312 GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
313 replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
314 to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
315 useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
316 saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
317 forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
318 more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
319 Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
320 options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
321 makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
322 $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
323 for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
324 commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
325 file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
329 2017 August 27
331 GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
332 wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
333 more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
334 allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
335 in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
336 scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
337 Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
338 fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
339 and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
343 2017 July 21
345 GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekul&eacute;" offers a new feature: the ability
346 to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
347 instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
348 be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
349 together with the softwrap option. This release further
350 fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
351 failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
352 files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
353 (please update your nanorc files before 2020).
357 2017 June 25
359 GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
360 a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
361 negative line and column numbers on the command line,
362 avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
363 in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
364 mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
365 have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
369 2017 May 21
371 GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
372 man page again.
376 2017 May 18
378 GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
379 during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
380 and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
381 searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
382 asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
386 2017 May 4
388 GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
389 the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
390 it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
391 of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
392 without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
393 the screen twice when switching between buffers while
394 line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
395 bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
396 translation updates for fifteen languages.
400 2017 April 12
402 GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
403 on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
404 double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
405 shows double-width characters as "&gt;" and "&lt;" when split
406 across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
407 the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
408 of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
409 only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
410 go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
411 support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
412 linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
413 an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
414 in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
418 2017 March 31
420 GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
421 softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
422 visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
423 logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
424 the start and end of a row, and only when already
425 there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
426 Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
427 of always per logical line. On an entirely different
428 front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
429 on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
430 changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
431 new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
432 was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
433 David Ramsey.
437 2017 February 23
439 GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
440 the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
441 when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
442 involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
443 does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
444 no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
445 softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
446 startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
447 standard input. Come tickle my ears.
451 2017 January 10
453 GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
454 manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
455 sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
456 more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
457 softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
458 system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
459 the beginning-of-word anchor (\&lt;) in regex searches.
463 2016 December 28
465 GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
466 your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
467 newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
468 between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
469 makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
470 Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
471 in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
472 typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
473 Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
474 unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
475 Tastes great with thick butter.
479 2016 December 12
481 GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
482 the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
483 a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
484 the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
485 related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
486 use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
487 VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
488 during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
489 an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
490 region after an external spell check, and improves a few
491 other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
492 run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
496 2016 October 29
498 GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
499 ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
500 be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
501 or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
502 M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
503 option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
504 some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
505 in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
506 as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
507 read into it. Come and check it out!
511 2016 September 1
513 GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
514 selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
515 Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
516 terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
517 the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
518 but it's time to get it out there.
520 With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
521 we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
522 back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
526 2016 August 10
528 nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
529 a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
530 first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
531 holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
532 (when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
533 in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
534 a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
535 bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Sant&eacute;!
539 2016 July 28
541 nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
542 keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
543 of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
544 characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
545 word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
546 input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
547 must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
548 window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
549 having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
550 anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
551 improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
552 Come get your hair tousled!
556 2016 June 27
558 nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
559 adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
560 with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
561 includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
562 bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
563 even worth mentioning).
567 2016 June 17
569 nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
570 some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
571 the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
572 checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
573 default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
574 shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
575 is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
576 there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
577 when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
578 on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
579 and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
580 things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
582 And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
583 Bye! And thanks for all the grass!
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