2017 November 18
GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and
replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-;
to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something
useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S
saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a
forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when
more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press
Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the
options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards',
makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME
for the history files, adds a history stack for executed
commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history
file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
2017 August 27
GNU nano 2.8.7 "Fragrance" fixes a lockup when tabs are
wider than the screen, makes indenting + unindenting
more predictable by retaining relative indentations,
allows pasting (^U) at a prompt, allows triple quotes
in Python to not be followed by a character, does not
scroll three pages on a roll of the mouse wheel, binds
Alt+Up and Alt+Down to findprevious and findnext, and
fixes some hard-to-describe issues with softwrapping
and boundary-crossing tabs. Enjoy.
2017 July 21
GNU nano 2.8.6 "Kekulé" offers a new feature: the ability
to do softwrapping between words -- at whitespace --
instead of always at the edge of the screen. This can
be activated with -a or --atblanks or 'set atblanks'
together with the softwrap option. This release further
fixes a handful of rare display glitches, fixes a build
failure on AIX, harmonizes the quoting rules in the rc
files, and renames the option 'cut' to 'cutfromcursor'
(please update your nanorc files before 2020).
2017 June 25
GNU nano 2.8.5 "Farouche" avoids a crash when waking from
a suspension that was induced from the outside, allows
negative line and column numbers on the command line,
avoids some flickering when resizing the screen while
in the file browser, opens files in the order they were
mentioned on the command line, and does not pretend to
have woken from suspension when receiving a SIGCONT.
2017 May 21
GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
man page again.
2017 May 18
GNU nano 2.8.3 "Hirsch" fixes a misplacement of the spotlight
during interactive replacing, avoids build failures on AIX
and Solaris, fixes a crash on Solaris, speeds up backwards
searching, improves PHP syntax highlighting, and no longer
asks "save anyway?" when the user ^Q discards the buffer.
2017 May 4
GNU nano 2.8.2 "Krats" adds another new feature: it makes
the ^G help texts searchable with ^W. Apart from that,
it fixes a crash when resizing the window in the middle
of verbatim input, avoids an unlikely crash when used
without UTF-8 support in some locales, avoids redrawing
the screen twice when switching between buffers while
line numbers are active, and works around a coloring
bug on musl. Plus tweaks to the documentation; plus
translation updates for fifteen languages.
2017 April 12
GNU nano 2.8.1 "Ellert" fixes build failures on MacOS and
on musl, fixes scrolling problems in softwrap mode when
double-width characters on row boundaries are involved,
shows double-width characters as ">" and "<" when split
across two rows, moves the cursor more predictably (at
the cost of sometimes putting it on the second "half"
of a character), avoids creating lines that consist of
only blanks when using autoindent, makes ^Home and ^End
go to the start and end of the file (on terminals that
support those keystrokes), places the cursor better when
linting, lets the linter ask only once whether to open
an included file, and adds bindings for ^Up and ^Down
in the file browser. Don't sit on your hands.
2017 March 31
GNU nano 2.8.0 "Axat" makes it easier to move around in
softwrapped lines: the Up and Down keys now step from
visual row to visual row instead of jumping between
logical lines, and the Home and End keys now move to
the start and end of a row, and only when already
there, then to the start and end of the logical line.
Furthermore, the screen can now scroll per row instead
of always per logical line. On an entirely different
front: nano now makes use of gnulib, to make it build
on more platforms. In short: there were many internal
changes, not many user-visible ones (apart form the
new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
2017 February 23
GNU nano 2.7.5 "Nijntje" can properly search and replace
the \B and \b regex anchors, correctly repaints things
when multiline regexes with identical start and end are
involved, fixes a crash with zero-length regex matches,
does replacements at the edges of a marked region right,
no longer hides double-width characters at the head of
softwrapped rows, displays at most three warnings at
startup, and documents the ability to read a file from
standard input. Come tickle my ears.
2017 January 10
GNU nano 2.7.4 "Red dress" undoes deletions in an orderly
manner again (bug was introduced in previous version),
sets the preferred x position for vertical movements
more consistently, avoids some scrolling problems in
softwrap mode, installs the Info manual also when your
system lacks 'makeinfo', and corrects the behavior of
the beginning-of-word anchor (\<) in regex searches.
2016 December 28
GNU nano 2.7.3 "Ontbijtkoek" wipes away a handful of bugs:
your editor is now able to handle filenames that contain
newlines, avoids a brief flash of color when switching
between buffers that are governed by different syntaxes,
makes the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keys select text again on a
Linux console, is more resistant against malformations
in the positionlog file, and does not crash when ^C is
typed on systems where it produces the code KEY_CANCEL.
Oh, and it no longer mistakenly warns about editing an
unlocked file just after saving a new one. That's it.
Tastes great with thick butter.
2016 December 12
GNU nano 2.7.2 "Shemesh! Shemesh!" brings another feature:
the ability to complete with one keystroke (^] by default)
a fragment of a word to a full word existing elsewhere in
the current buffer. Besides, this release fixes two bugs
related to using line numbers in softwrap mode, allows to
use the PageUp and PageDown keys together with Shift on
VTE-based terminals, stops the help lines from flickering
during interactive replacing, makes a 'set fill' override
an earlier 'set nowrap', properly restores the selected
region after an external spell check, and improves a few
other tidbits. If you should find any more bugs, please
run 'man nano | grep bugs' and report them there.
2016 October 29
GNU nano 2.7.1 "Leuven" adds an often-asked-for feature: the
ability to display line numbers beside the text. This can
be activated with -l or --linenumbers on the command line,
or with 'set linenumbers' in your nanorc, or toggled with
M-#. The coloring of these numbers can be chosen via the
option 'set numbercolor'. This release furthermore fixes
some bugs with scrolling in softwrap mode, is more strict
in the parsing of key rebindings, and marks a new buffer
as modified when the output of a command (^R ^X) has been
read into it. Come and check it out!
2016 September 1
GNU nano 2.7.0 "Suni" adds a new feature: allowing text to be
selected by holding Shift together with the cursor keys.
Besides that, nano now works also when run in very tiny
terminals (down to one line, one column), and improves
the handling of the prompt in cramped spaces. Not much,
but it's time to get it out there.
With this release we return to GNU. For just a little while
we dreamt we were tigers. But we are back in the herd,
back to a healthy diet of fresh green free grass.
2016 August 10
nano 2.6.3 "Marika" makes the Ctrl+Arrow keys work also on
a Linux virtual console, takes as verbatim only the very
first keystroke after M-V, removes any lock files that it
holds when dying, doesn't abort when a word contains digits
(when using the default speller), fixes a small sorting bug
in the file browser, makes searching case-insensitively in
a UTF-8 locale a little faster, and doesn't enter invalid
bytes when holding down both Alt keys. Santé!
2016 July 28
nano 2.6.2 "Le vent nous portera" adds two new features: the
keystrokes Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down for jumping between blocks
of text, and the option 'wordchars' for specifying which
characters (beside alphanumeric ones) should be considered
word-forming. Further, it provides feedback during Unicode
input (M-V followed by a six-digit hexadecimal number which
must start with 0 or 10), avoids a crash when resizing the
window during Verbatim input, doesn't drop a keystroke after
having been suspended, and replaces the beginning-of-line
anchor (^) just once per line. There are also several tiny
improvements in screen rendering and key handling.
Come get your hair tousled!
2016 June 27
nano 2.6.1 "Stampede" is chiefly a translation update, but also
adds one little feature (the ability to use negative numbers
with Go To Line: -1 meaning the first line from the bottom),
includes syntax highlighting for Rust, and fixes three tiny
bugs (but in such far corners of the editor that they aren't
even worth mentioning).
2016 June 17
nano 2.6.0 "Rubicon" fixes more than fifty little bugs -- and
some of them not so little. It improves moving about in
the file browser, corrects failings of the internal spell
checker, adds a new feature (comment/uncomment lines, with
default binding M-3), makes some error messages clearer,
shows more of a file when positionlog is used and the cursor
is near the end, displays all error messages at startup if
there are multiple ones, does not misinterpret keystrokes
when typing very fast, is less eager to trim the filename
on narrow terminals, speeds up case-insensitive searches,
and allows to abort re-searches. Among bunches of other
things. It is worth the trouble to upgrade.
And, with this release, we take leave of the herd...
Bye! And thanks for all the grass!