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2022.02.09 - GNU nano 6.1 "Rețelele de socializare sunt ca un frigider"
• The behavior of ^K at a prompt has been enhanced: when there is some
text after the cursor, just this text is erased. In the most common
situation, when the cursor is at the end of the answer, the behavior
is as before: the whole answer is erased.
• At a prompt, M-6 copies the current answer into the cutbuffer.
• Large external pastes into nano are handled more quickly.
2021.12.15 - GNU nano 6.0 "Humor heeft ook zijn leuke kanten"
• Option --zero hides the title bar, status bar and help lines, and
uses all rows of the terminal as editing area. The title bar and
status bar can be toggled with M-Z.
• Colors can now be specified also as three-digit hexadecimal numbers,
in the format #rgb. This picks from the 216 index colors (that most
terminals know) the color that is nearest to the given values.
• For users who dislike numbers, there are fourteen new color names:
rosy, beet, plum, sea, sky, slate, teal, sage, brown, ocher, sand,
tawny, brick, and crimson.
• Suspension is enabled by default, invokable with ^T^Z. The options
-z, --suspendable, and 'set suspendable' are obsolete and ignored.
(In case you want to be able to suspend nano with a single keystroke,
you can put 'bind ^Z suspend main' in your nanorc.)
• When automatic hard-wrapping is in effect, pasting just a few words
(without a line break) will now hard-wrap the line when needed.
• Toggling Append or Prepend clears the current filename.
• The word count as shown by M-D is now affected by option --wordbounds;
with it, nano counts words as 'wc' does; without it (the new default),
words are counted in a more human way: seeing punctuation as space.
• The YAML syntax file is now actually included in the tarball.
2021.10.06 - GNU nano 5.9 "El manicomio ha decidido: mañana sol!"
• The extension of a filename is added to the name of a corresponding
temporary file, so that spell checking a C file, for example, will
check only the comments and strings (when using 'aspell').
• The process number is added to the name of an emergency save file,
so that when multiple nanos die they will not fight over a filename.
• Undoing a cutting operation will restore an anchor that was located
in the cut area to its original line.
• When using --locking, saving a new buffer will create a lock file.
• Syntax highlighting for YAML files has been added.
2021.06.15 - GNU nano 5.8 "Why is it necessary to be special?"
• After a search, the spotlighting is dropped after 1.5 seconds (0.8
seconds with --quick) to avoid the idea that the text is selected.
• A + and a space before a filename on the command line will put the
cursor at the end of the corresponding buffer.
• Linter messages no longer include filename and line/column numbers.
• Color name "grey" or "gray" can be used instead of "lightblack".
• The color of the minibar can be chosen with 'set minicolor'.
2021.04.29 - GNU nano 5.7 "Toți ceilalți arau câmpurile"
• The output of --constantshow (without --minibar) is more stable.
• When opening multiple buffers and there is an error message, this
message is shown again upon first switch to the relevant buffer.
• The position and size of the indicator now follow actual lines,
instead of visual lines when in softwrap mode, meaning that the
size of the indicator can change when scrolling in softwrap mode.
2021.03.03 - GNU nano 5.6.1 "Geelgors"
• Search matches are properly colorized in softwrap mode too.
• Option 'highlightcolor' has been renamed to 'spotlightcolor'.
2021.02.24 - GNU nano 5.6 "Wielewaal"
• A search match gets highlighted (in black on yellow by default),
in addition to placing the cursor at the start of the match.
The color combination can be changed with 'set highlightcolor'.
By default the cursor is hidden until the next keystroke, but
it can be forced on with --showcursor / 'set showcursor'.
• Option --markmatch / 'set markmatch' has been removed.
• Cursor position and character code are displayed in the minibar
only when option --constantshow / 'set constantshow' is used,
and their display can be toggled with M-C.
• The state flags are displayed in the minibar only when option
--stateflags / 'set stateflags' is used.
2021.01.14 - GNU nano 5.5 "Rebecca"
• Option 'set minibar' makes nano suppress the title bar and instead
show a bar with basic editing information at the bottom: file name
(plus an asterisk when the buffer is modified), the cursor position
(line,column), the character under the cursor (U+xxxx), the flags
that --stateflags normally shows, plus the percentage of the buffer
that is above the cursor.
• With 'set promptcolor' the color combination of the prompt bar can
be changed, to allow contrasting it with the mini bar (which always
has the same color as the title bar).
• Option 'set markmatch' highlights the result of a successful search
by putting the mark at the end of the match, making the match more
visible. It also suppresses the cursor until the next keystroke.
(If you dislike the hiding of the cursor, use 'set showcursor'.)
• The bindable toggle 'nowrap' has been renamed to 'breaklonglines',
to match the corresponding option, like for all other toggles.
• Support for Slang has been removed.
2020.12.02 - GNU nano 5.4 "Terre des hommes"
• Moving the cursor now skips over combining characters (and other
zero-width characters). Deleting a character deletes also any
succeeding zero-width characters, but backspacing deletes just
one character at a time.
• Workarounds for older ncurses and older libvtes were removed.
2020.10.07 - GNU nano 5.3 "Revolution!"
• Option 'set stateflags' makes nano show the state of auto-indenting,
the mark, hard-wrapping, macro recording, and soft-wrapping in the
title bar. The flags take the place of "Modified", and a modified
buffer is instead indicated by an asterisk (*) after its name.
• Nano no longer by default tries using libmagic to determine the type
of a file (when neither filename nor first line gave a clue), because
in most cases it is a waste of time. It requires using the option
--magic or -! or 'set magic' to make nano try libmagic.
• The color of the indicator can be changed with 'set scrollercolor'.
2020.08.24 - GNU nano 5.2 "Ranrapalca"
• Making certain replacements after a large paste does not crash.
• Hitting a toggle at the Search prompt does not clear the answer.
• Using --positionlog does not complain at the first start.
• A macro containing a Search command will not sometimes fail.
2020.08.12 - GNU nano 5.1 "Cantabria"
• M-Bsp (Alt+Backspace) deletes a word backwards, like in Bash.
• M-[ has become bindable. (Be careful, though: as it is the
starting combination of many escape sequences, avoid gluing
it together with other keystrokes, like in a macro.)
• With --indicator and --softwrap, the first keystroke in an
empty buffer does not crash.
• Invoking the formatter while text is marked does not crash.
• In UTF-8 locales, an anchor is shown as a diamond.
2020.07.29 - GNU nano 5.0 "Among the fields of barley"
• With --indicator (or -q or 'set indicator') nano will show a kind
of scrollbar on the righthand side of the screen to indicate where
in the buffer the viewport is located and how much it covers.
• With <Alt+Insert> any line can be "tagged" with an anchor, and
<Alt+PageUp> and <Alt+PageDown> will jump to the nearest anchor.
When using line numbers, an anchor is shown as "+" in the margin.
• The Execute Command prompt is now directly accessible from the
main menu (with ^T, replacing the Spell Checker). The Linter,
Formatter, Spell Checker, Full Justification, Suspension, and
Cut-Till-End functions are available in this menu too.
• On terminals that support at least 256 colors, nine new color
names are available: pink, purple, mauve, lagoon, mint, lime,
peach, orange, and latte. These do not have lighter versions.
• For the color names red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta,
white, and black, the prefix 'light' gives a brighter color.
Prefix 'bright' is deprecated, as it means both bold AND light.
• All color names can be preceded with "bold," and/or "italic,"
(in that order) to get a bold and/or italic typeface.
• With --bookstyle (or -O or 'set bookstyle') nano considers any
line that begins with whitespace as the start of a paragraph.
• Refreshing the screen with ^L now works in every menu.
• In the main menu, ^L also centers the line with the cursor.
• Toggling the help lines with M-X now works in all menus except
in the help viewer and the linter.
• At a filename prompt, the first <Tab> lists the possibilities,
and these are listed near the bottom instead of near the top.
• Bindable function 'curpos' has been renamed to 'location'.
• Long option --tempfile has been renamed to --saveonexit.
• Short option -S is now a synonym of --softwrap.
• The New Buffer toggle (M-F) has become non-persistent. Options
--multibuffer and 'set multibuffer' still make it default to on.
• Backup files will retain their group ownership (when possible).
• Data is synced to disk before "... lines written" is shown.
• The raw escape sequences for F13 to F16 are no longer recognized.
• Distro-specific syntaxes, and syntaxes of less common languages,
have been moved down to subdirectory syntax/extra/. The affected
distros and others may wish to move wanted syntaxes one level up.
• Syntaxes for Markdown, Haskell, and Ada were added.
2020.05.23 - GNU nano 4.9.3 "Almendras"
• One more bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a crash when
the terminal screen is resized while at a lock-file prompt.
2020.04.07 - GNU nano 4.9.2 "Mali Lošinj"
• Another bug introduced in version 4.9 is fixed: a likely crash
after undoing an <Enter> at the end of leading whitespace.
2020.03.31 - GNU nano 4.9.1 "Sapperdeflap"
• Two bugs introduced in version 4.9 are fixed: the cursor
getting misplaced when undoing line cuts, and filtering
of the whole buffer to a new buffer not working.
2020.03.24 - GNU nano 4.9 "die fetten Jahre sind vorbei"
• When justifying a selection, the new paragraph and the
succeeding one get the appropriate first-line indent.
• Trying to justify an empty selection does not crash.
• Redoing the insertion of an empty file does not crash.
• On the BSDs and macOS, ^H has become rebindable again
(in most terminal emulators, not on the console).
• DOS line endings in nanorc files are accepted.
• Option --suspend / 'set suspend' has been renamed to
the more logical --suspendable / 'set suspendable'.
2020.02.07 - GNU nano 4.8 "Jaška"
• When something is pasted into nano, auto-indentation is suppressed,
and the paste can be undone as a whole with a single M-U.
• When a lock file is encountered during startup, pressing ^C/Cancel
quits nano. (Pressing 'No' just skips the file and continues.)
• Shift+Meta+letter key combos can be bound with 'bind Sh-M-letter'.
Making any such binding dismisses the default behavior of ignoring
Shift for all Meta+letter keystrokes.
• The configuration option --with-slang (to be avoided when possible)
can now be used only together with --enable-tiny.
• A custom nanorc file can be specified on the command line, with
-f filename or --rcfile=filename.
2019.12.23 - GNU nano 4.7 "Havikskruid"
• A <Tab> will indent a marked region only when mark and cursor are
on different lines.
• Two indentations (any mix of tabs and spaces) are considered the
same when they look the same (that is: indent to the same level).
• When using --breaklonglines or ^J, a line will never be broken in
its leading whitespace or quoting.
• The keywords in nanorc files must be in lowercase.
2019.11.29 - GNU nano 4.6 "And don't you eat that yellow snow"
• The 'formatter' command has returned, bound by default to M-F.
It allows running a syntax-specific command on the contents of
the buffer.
• ^T will try to run 'hunspell' before 'spell', because it checks
spelling for the locale's language and understands UTF-8.
• Multiple errors or warnings on startup will no longer slow nano
down but will be indicated on the status bar with trailing dots.
2019.10.04 - GNU nano 4.5 "Košice"
• The new 'tabgives' command allows you to specify per syntax what
the <Tab> key should produce: some spaces, a hard TAB, ...
• The output of --help is properly aligned again for all languages.
• <Tab> will indent a marked region also when M-} has been rebound.
2019.08.25 - GNU nano 4.4 "Hagelslag"
• At startup, the cursor can be put on the first or last occurrence
of a string by preceding the filename with +/string or +?string.
• When automatic hard-wrapping occurs (--breaklonglines), any leading
quoting characters will be automatically copied to the new line.
• M-6 works again also when the cursor is at end of buffer.
2019.06.18 - GNU nano 4.3 "Musa Kart"
• The ability to read from and write to a FIFO has been regained.
• Opening a file no longer triggers an inotify CLOSE_WRITE event.
• Startup time is reduced by fully parsing a syntax only when needed.
• Asking for help (^G) when using --operatingdir does not crash.
• The reading of a huge or slow file can be stopped with ^C.
• Cut, zap, and copy operations are undone separately when intermixed.
• M-D reports the correct number of lines (zero for an empty buffer).
2019.04.24 - GNU nano 4.2 "Tax the rich, pay the teachers"
• The integrated spell checker does not crash when 'spell' is missing.
• Option --breaklonglines works also when --ignorercfiles is used.
• Automatic hard-wrapping is more persistent in pushing words to the
same overflow line.
2019.04.15 - GNU nano 4.1 "Qué corchos será eso?"
• By default, a newline character is again automatically added at the
end of a buffer, to produce valid POSIX text files by default, but
also to get back the easy adding of text at the bottom.
• The now unneeded option --finalnewline (-f) has been removed.
• Syntax files are read in alphabetical order when globbing, so that
the precedence of syntaxes becomes predictable.
• In the C syntax, preprocessor directives are highlighted differently.
• M-S now toggles soft wrapping, and M-N toggles line numbers.
• The jumpy-scrolling toggle has been removed.
• The legacy keystrokes ^W^Y and ^W^V are recognized again.
• Executing an external command is disallowed when in view mode.
• Problems with resizing during external or speller commands were fixed.
2019.03.24 - GNU nano 4.0 "Thy Rope of Sands"
• An overlong line is no longer automatically hard-wrapped.
• Smooth scrolling (one line at a time) has become the default.
• A newline character is no longer automatically added at end of buffer.
• The line below the title bar is by default part of the editing space.
• Option --breaklonglines (-b) turns automatic hard-wrapping back on.
• Option --jumpyscrolling (-j) gives the chunky, half-screen scrolling.
• Option --finalnewline (-f) brings back the automatic newline at EOF.
• Option --emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.
• <Alt+Up> and <Alt+Down> now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.
• Any number of justifications can be undone (like all other operations).
• When marked text is justified, it becomes a single, separate paragraph.
• Option --guidestripe=<number> draws a vertical bar at the given column.
• Option --fill=<number> no longer turns on automatic hard-wrapping.
• When a line continues offscreen, it now ends with a highlighted ">".
• The halves of a split two-column character are shown as "[" and "]".
• A line now scrolls horizontally one column earlier.
• The bindable functions 'cutwordleft' and 'cutwordright' were renamed
to 'chopwordleft' and 'chopwordright' as they don't use the cutbuffer.
• The paragraph-jumping functions were moved from Search to Go-to-Line.
• Option --rebinddelete is able to compensate for more misbindings.
• Options --morespace and --smooth are obsolete and thus ignored.
• The --disable-wrapping-as-root configure option was removed.
2018.11.11 - GNU nano 3.2 "Het kromme hout" changes the default binding
for the linter to M-B so that the spell checker (^T) can
always be used, and changes (when linting) the text in the
title bar and the color of the status bar to make linting
mode more obvious. It also adds a bindable 'zap' function
for deleting a line or marked region without changing the
cutbuffer, adds --zap to bind the <Del> and <Backspace>
keys to the zap function when something is marked, and
hard-binds <Alt+Del> to 'zap'. Furthermore, it shows the
cursor also in the help viewer (when --showcursor is used),
renames the bindable functions 'prevhistory' to 'older' and
'nexthistory' to 'newer' (update your nanorcs when needed),
reads the nanorc files also in restricted mode to allow
customization by the user (if this should not be allowed,
use --ignorercfiles in addition to --restricted), allows
in view mode to open also other files (if this should not
be allowed, use --restricted in addition to --view), makes
resizes respect a relative --fill again, no longer binds
F13...F15 by default, properly re-highlights a misspelled
word after invoking help in the internal spell checker,
and does not skip Unicode characters in string binds.
2018.09.18 - GNU nano 3.1 "Je faisais des bonds comme ça!" fixes a
misbinding of ^H on some terminals and some systems,
does not leave stray stuff after the prompt upon exit
when having suspended nano while using --constantshow,
and does not allow to toggle to Replace in view mode.
2018.09.09 - GNU nano 3.0 "Water Flowing Underground" speeds up the
reading of a file by seventy percent, roughly doubles the
speed of handling ASCII text, changes the way words at line
boundaries are deleted, makes <Ctrl+Delete> wipe the next
word and <Ctrl+Shift+Delete> the preceding word, binds M-Q
to 'findprevious' by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is
placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),
makes an external spell check undoable, shows the correct
number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple
files, removes the 'formatter' command, removes the
'searchagain' bindable function (M-W is now bound to
'findnext' by default), moves the No-Convert toggle to the
Insert menu, removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from
the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert
menus, respectively), is more precise in what it accepts as
a rebindable key name, ignores any presses of <Esc> before
a valid command keystroke, recognizes some more escape
sequences for modified editing-pad keys, does not hide
rcfile error messages on a Linux console, renames the
bindable functions 'copytext' to 'copy' and 'uncut' to
'paste', and avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.
2018.06.02 - GNU nano 2.9.8 "Espresso" brings the ability to filter the
buffer (or the marked region) through an external command
(^R^X and prefix the command with the pipe symbol, "|"), is
better at detecting and maintaining paragraphs, is able to
justify //-style comments, fixes a crash when the binding
of a key to a string lacks a closing quote, gives feedback
about the number of lines written also when prepending or
appending, and fixes a couple of bugs with the linter.
2018.05.15 - GNU nano 2.9.7 "Hvide Sande" adds the option '--afterends'
for making Ctrl+Right (the nextword function) stop at word
ends instead of beginnings, accepts multibyte letters for
the Yes/No/All answers, does emergency saves of changed
buffers in the unlikely event that nano crashes, adds the
until-now missing bindable function 'linenumbers', and
renames the toggles 'constupdate' to 'constantshow' and
'cuttoend' to 'cutfromcursor', for consistency with the
corresponding options -- adjust your nanorc files soon.
2018.04.27 - GNU nano 2.9.6 "Gomance" fixes a crash in word completion,
makes --enable-altrcname work again, improves the fluidity
of scrolling when using the touchpad, tweaks the syntaxes
for shell scripts and PO files, makes a replacing session
go always forward by default, no longer inserts a newline
after an external spell check of a selected region, always
accepts the English Y and N (and A) at a yes-no prompt in
any locale, and solves a few hypothetical bugs.
2018.03.29 - GNU nano 2.9.5 "Kiša pada" changes the way the Scroll-Up
and Scroll-Down commands work (M-- and M-+): instead of
keeping the cursor in the same screen position they now
keep the cursor in the same text position (if possible).
This version further adds a new color name, "normal",
which gives the default foreground or background color,
which is useful when you want to undo some overzealous
painting by earlier syntax regexes. Bug fixes include:
a segfault when trying to insert a file in restricted
mode, the reading in of a new file being "undoable", a
slight miswrapping of help texts when --linenumbers was
used, and the shell syntax coloring the word "tar" in
file names.
2018.03.08 - GNU nano 2.9.4 "Isabel" allows binding a key to a string
(any piece of text and/or commands), permits customizing
the color of error messages with 'set errorcolor', colors
those error messages by default in bright white on red,
makes <Enter> at the bottom of the screen scroll just one
row when --smooth is used, does not fail when redoing a
file insertion, and cancels a Shift-selection when any
cursor key is pressed without Shift even when the cursor
cannot move. Further, it treats tabs fully the same as
spaces when doing automatic hard-wrapping, allows syntax
names to be unquoted, and removes two deprecated options
and six deprecated bindable function names.
2018.01.29 - GNU nano 2.9.3 "Córdoba" fixes a segfault with trimblanks
that could occur when a typed space caused the word after
it to be pushed to the next line. It further makes macros
work also when your keyboard still emits escape sequences,
adds the options -M and --trimblanks for the command line,
recognizes key combos with Shift on a few more terminals,
no longer shows dots in certain prompt texts when visible
whitespace is turned on, fixes two corner cases when doing
replacements in a marked region, allows to open a named
pipe again when using --noread, and accurately detects
a needed color change when a line contains a start match
but not a corresponding end match any more. Plus some
other small fry.
2018.01.02 - GNU nano 2.9.2 "Pussy Riot" correctly displays the Modified
state when undoing/redoing (also when the file was saved
somewhere midway), improves the undoing of an automatic
linefeed at EOF, fixes a build issue on the BSDs, shows
the cursor again when compiled with --withslang, renames
the option 'justifytrim' to 'trimblanks' because it will
now snip trailing whitespace also while you are typing
(and hard-wrapping is enabled), continues pushing words
to the next line much longer (when hard-wrapping), makes
<Tab> and <Shift+Tab> indent and unindent a marked region,
allows unindenting when not all lines are indented, lets a
region marked with Shift persist when indenting/unindenting
or commenting/uncommenting it, and in those cases excludes
the last line of the region when it is not visibly marked
(which makes for a more intuitive behavior).
2017.11.27 - GNU nano 2.9.1 "Damyatta" fixes a bug where, when the mark
is on, ^S would overwrite the file with just the marked
region. This release further clears the "Modified" flag
when all edits are undone, adds or updates some magic
strings, and does not forget when the cursor was last
at line 1, column 1.
2017.11.18 - 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.
2017.08.27 - 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.
2017.07.21 - 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).
2017.06.25 - 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.
2017.05.21 - GNU nano 2.8.4 "Our Version of Events" includes the nanorc
man page again.
2017.05.18 - 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.
2017.05.04 - 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.
2017.04.12 - 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.
2017.03.31 - 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 from the
new softwrap navigation). The conversion to gnulib
was done by Mike Frysinger, the softwrap overhaul by
David Ramsey.
2017.02.23 - 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.
2017.01.10 - 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.
2016.12.28 - 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.
2016.12.12 - 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.
2016.10.29 - 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!
2016.09.01 - 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.
2016.08.10 - 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!
2016.07.28 - 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!
2016.06.27 - 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).
2016.06.17 - 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.
2016.02.25 - GNU nano 2.5.3 "Alphys" is released. This release contains
fixes for bugs like: stray cursor positioning errors, many
many memory leaks including during file reading, using the
file browser, searching for multibyte characters, history
completion, and many other places.
New features include the ability to trim whitespace
from the ends of lines when justifying text, see nanorc(5)
option justifytrim for deets. As always thank you for your
continued support of nano, and keep sparing.
2016.02.12 - GNU nano 2.5.2 is carrying too many dogs. This release
includes several fixes for various memory leaks, position-
history size growth, and a long-standing issue with using
nano under sudo creating root-owned files. There are also
the usual bevy of documentation and other miscellaneous
fixes and touchups. Upgrade today while supplies last,
operators are standing by!
2016.01.11 - GNU nano 2.5.1 "Salzburg" is released. It includes fixes
for a syntax-highlighting bug and a positionlog bug, it
disables a time-eating multiline regex in the C syntax,
and it adds an escape hatch to the WriteOut menu when
--tempfile is used: the discardbuffer command, ^Q. It
also has translation updates for fifteen languages, and
a small fix in the softwrap code. So... you are heartily
invited to upgrade. Enjoy!
2015.12.05 - GNU nano 2.5.0 "Karma", the first release of the 2.5 series,
is now available. Please note that as of this release,
there will no longer be separate stable and unstable
branches. The development team will prioritize bug fixes
as needed, and make new releases in proportion to the
severity of the bugs which are fixed.
This release includes all of the fixes now in 2.4.3, as
well as color syntax highlighting improvements, undo fixes,
and many more improvements! Thank you for using nano!
2015.11.18 - GNU nano 2.4.3 "Apocalypse" is now available for your
downloading pleasure. This release includes a myriad
of fixes including several memory leaks, issues with
color syntax highlighting, search/replace, file insertion
and help menu bugs. Many thanks to Benno Schulenberg for
tireless efforts on the vast majority of fixes for some
time now. As always please report bugs via the Savannah
page, and remember to Share and Enjoy.
2015.07.05 - GNU nano 2.4.2 "Portorož" is released. This release
includes several fixes, including the ability to resize
when in modes other than the main editing window, proper
displaying of invalid UTF-8 bytes, new syntax definitions
for Elisp, Guile, and PostgreSQL, and better display of
shortcuts in the help viewer and file browser. Thanks
for your patience and using nano!
2015.04.14 - GNU nano 2.4.1 "Glitch Gremlin" is released. This release
includes several fixes for issues with the file browser
menu, linter and formatter functions, spell checker,
undo/redo with some specific marked-cutting situations,
and some small improvements to the color syntax
highlighting definitions. There are also various
documentation and code comment updates included, and
finally, fixes for compilation on non-GNU/Linux systems
and certain configure combinations. Toasters!
2015.03.22 - GNU nano 2.4.0 "lizf" is released. This is the first
stable release in many years, and brings together many
new features from the 2.3 series, including:
a fully functional undo system (now enabled by default),
vim-compatible file locking, linter support, formatter
support, syntax highlighting flexibility, and many fixes
for issues reported since 2.2. Many sincere thanks
to all of the bug reports, patches, well wishes and
contributions from everyone who has continued to
support us. Thank you for using nano!
2015.02.27 - GNU nano 2.3.99pre3 "Ashley" is released. This is likely
to be the last release before the next major (2.4.0)
release. Please test it out and send us any feedback
via Savannah (https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=nano).
This release includes fixes for rebinding toggles via
nanorc, several memory alignment fixes, and documentation
and build updates. As always thank you for using nano -
Share and Enjoy!
2015.02.06 - GNU nano 2.3.99pre2 "Snowblind" is released. This release
contains only fixes, including: a long-standing problem
with cutting in nano-tiny, several memory alignment
improvements, and issues with leftover file locks. Please
keep reporting bugs so we can get a happy and healthy
2.4.0 soon. Thanks for using nano!
2015.01.06 - GNU nano 2.3.99pre1 "Junior" is released. As the first
2.4 release candidate there will be fewer new features
but many bugfixes going forward. This release contains
new support for language reformatters like Go's gofmt
command which takes the place of the spelling checker.
Fixes in this release include many syntax highlighting
fixes and improvements, and documentation formatting updates.
As always please report bugs via the Savannah bug page for
nano (https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=nano), so we can
release a super awesome and bug-free 2.4.0 soon!
2014.07.17 - GNU nano 2.3.6 "Columbo" is released. This release
contains a fix for installing internationalization
files. Also included are scattered documentation
(in particular man page) fixes, and a few touchups
to syntax highlighting definitions. Oh, just one
more thing, thanks for using nano!
2014.07.11 - GNU nano 2.3.5 "lucky day" is released. This release
contains many visible and under-the-hood fixes for
components such as file locking, more fixes to the
undo system, and you no longer have to explicitly ask
nano to have undo/redo support as it now defaults to
being enabled. Other notable fixes include a better
handling of --tempfile mode, and better handling of
command line arguments when also attempting to specify
+<line number>. As always, please file any bugs you
find via https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=nano
and thanks for using nano.
2014.06.02 - GNU nano 2.3.4 won't leave you high, won't leave you dry.
This release contains only a small number of fixes, but
in particular allows nano to compile on non-UTF-8 curses
implementations (i.e. libncursesw). Other small fixes to
the undo implementation and the default syntax config are
also included. As always, Share and Enjoy!
2014.05.28 - GNU nano 2.3.3 is in its right place. This release contains
many many improvements to the core system, including
substantial improvements to the undo/redo code, UTF-8
handling, the configure script, and display of shortcuts
on very wide terminals. New features include the
ability to write to named pipes (--noread), as well as
linter support (see the nanorc man page for details). Also
included are much improved syntax highlighting code, and
configurations for JSON, texinfo, Go, and a default syntax
for catch-all highlighting. Finally, nano now has the
ability to set the color of the title bar, status bar, and
shortcut keys (e.g. "^X") and their descriptions. Again
see the nanorc page for details. There's much more, too
much to include here, but please keep those reports and
general feedback coming! Thank you for helping us help
you help us all.
2013.03.22 - GNU nano 2.3.2 "Annoy your coworkers for fun and profit" is
released. This release introduces vim-style file locking
(though not backup/restore), useful when using nano in a
multi-editor environment. Feedback is welcome if you run
into any issues with this new code. Other new features
include additional support for word boundary checking when
cross compiling, fixes for trying to go to an invalid
line number, and the usual documentation tweaks.
2011.05.10 - GNU nano 2.3.1 "I'm in space" is released. This release
includes some fixes for the new libmagic code, as well as
a fix for improper character counts when using auto-indent.
Also included are new syntax highlighting definitions for
RPM spec and Lua files. Thanks for using nano and keep
circulating the tapes.
2011.02.26 - GNU nano 2.3.0 "Septic surprise" is released. This first
release in the 2.3 unstable series brings several new
features. First, libmagic support for syntax highlighting
has been added on top of the existing file extension and
header support already available. Secondly, cursor position
can be saved between editing sessions with the -P or --poslog
command-line flag, or via 'set poslog' in your .nanorc. Also
included are some fixes for compilation with g++, and better
handling of issues writing the backup file, which should
reduce the need for the 'set allow_insecure_backup' nanorc
option. Don't stop, get it get it, don't stop, get it get it.
2010.11.22 - GNU nano 2.2.6 "Pimp my BBS" wants you to go to
www.desertbus.org and donate a few bucks for the great
Child's Play Charity! This is just a small release to
update a bug where restricted mode was not particularly
restricted since key bindings were introduced. It also
signals the return of win32 builds which now feature
nanorc support; please see the FAQ for details of how
to enable it, this feature is a bit of a kludge for now.
Remember that when all else fails, USE SPACE JUMP.
2010.08.05 - GNU nano 2.2.5 "Inactivity timeout" is now available.
This release includes slightly less restrictive checking
when writing files in strange environments (e.g. when
being used out of crontab). For very strange situations
(such as where you cannot change the permissions on the
file you're writing), there is a new rc file option
'allow_insecure_backup' to be even more permissive and
allow the write to proceed. Also included are some
syntax highlighting updates, and that is about it.
Keep fighting the good fight children.
2010.04.15 - GNU nano 2.2.4 is nobody's fool. First and foremost,
this release includes some security fixes due to
an assessment of nano's vulnerability to symlink attacks
on open files. The CVEs fixed with this release are
CVE-2010-1160 and CVE-2010-1161. Also included are fixes
for various crash modes when using the spell checker
on new files in multibuffer mode (surely you've used
that combination recently? no?) as well as a fixing
the 'file was modified' message when saving to a
new filename (since how would nano know?). And
the list would not be complete without our
third-times-the-charm fixes to page up/down due to
the soft wrapping code. The lone new feature
included is a new syntax highlighting definition for
cmake-related files. Please do consider upgrading to
this release if still using the 2.0 series since
fixes for that version are still forthcoming.
2010.02.11 - GNU nano 2.2.3 "fumbling toward stability" is released.
This release contains a fix for only one bug, but a
rather irritating one: when paging up/down with smooth
scrolling, the cursor position was not being preserved
due to a bug in 2.2.2. With such a targeted fix
like this what could POSSIBLY go WRONG? Hahaha.
Enjoy and if you find new bugs, as always please
use Savannah's bug tracker.
2010.01.17 - GNU nano 2.2.2 is released for you, you, you. This
release includes fixes for: crashes when writing
backup files in certain conditions, improper
screen centering when moving up/down in various
combination of smooth scrolling and soft wrapping modes,
a search crash on the armel arch, and issues with
lots of keybinding customizations causing crashing
particularly on FreeBSD. Also included are better
help menu entries for forward/back in the file browser,
some man page tweaks and one assert fix. As always,
share and enjoy!
2009.12.12 - GNU nano 2.2.1 "DLR strikes back" is open for business.
This release fixes many bugs, including: missing
keybindings for page up/down and GotoDir in the browser,
^P/^N in the help menu, and restoration of M-W as the
default re-search binding. Other fixes include several
issues with compiler warnings and configure options, and
documentation updates, including the nano texinfo manual,
nano and nanorc man pages, and UPGRADE file, and some
missing syntax highlighting entries for the sample nanorc.
And no release would be complete without the latest round
of 'final' soft wrapping fixes! Finally, nano will no
longer print a warning when attempting to insert the
contents of a read-only file into an existing buffer.
Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah.
2009.11.30 - GNU nano 2.2.0 "Doc Brown" is released! The culmination
of almost two years of development and hot on the heels
of nano's 10th birthday is available for all your editing
needs! Bugs fixed since the last release include several
fixes for tiny mode (involving both the help keys and
replace menu text), more 'final' fixes for soft wrapping,
and several typo and documentation updates including nanorc
tweaks and a new syntax highlighting file for makefiles.
Also included is a long-standing fix for random crashing
when using nanorc on FreeBSD, and nano will no longer clear
the screen on suspend to maintain compatibility with other
*nix editors. For those who haven't been playing along at
home, please see the official web page for the summary of
new features since 2.0. Special thanks to all who have
submitted bug reports recently in support of our new stable
release, and apologies for all those bugs we didn't yet
find :-) Peace to all.
2009.11.21 - GNU nano 2.1.99pre2 is available for a special pre-Black
Friday discount. Included are some (hopefully final)
fixes for issues with last page display caused by the
soft wrapping code, and a fix for a long-standing issue
with hitting the Home key when going through the search
history. On the features front, nano will now attempt to
retain the proper ownership and permissions when trying
to create a .save file due to receiving a signal. Nano
can now also unbind keys from one or more menus via the
'unbind' keyword. Finally, passing --fill or --nowrap on
the command line will now override any related .nanorc
entries. Speak now or forever hold your bugs!
2009.11.15 - GNU nano 2.1.99pre1 "take a bow" is out there, man, it's
out there all right. This release contains mainly
bugfixes, underscoring that we are preparing for the
next stable series release. Included are many fixes
for the new soft wrapping code, compiler warning tweaks,
and the modification time warning no longer triggers
when saving a file as a new name. Also include are
some fixes for various nanorc options, and there are
surely more bugs to find before we call the code base
stable, so please keep those reports coming!
2009.09.14 - GNU nano 2.1.11 is on very thin ice, very thin ice, very
thin ice. This release includes two new features: first,
nano will check whether the current file is writable when
it is opened, and warn if it is not on the status bar.
Secondly, a new soft-wrapping (AKA full-line display)
option is available, which will attempt to fully display
the contents of lines longer than the width of the screen
without the usual truncation and a '$' symbol at the end
of the line. It can be enabled via Meta-$ inside the
editor, via the -$ or --softwrap command-line flags,
or via "set softwrap" in your .nanorc. As always,
please report any bugs to the nano Savannah project page
Remember: data loss happens, back up your files.
2009.07.28 - GNU nano 2.1.10 "Ellie" is released. This version includes
various fixes for portability including some older HP-UX
compiler combos, various compiler warnings, and some crash
fixes in the undo code. On the topic of the latter item,
the undo code is now marked as experimental since it can
cause severe stability and memory issues, and thus now
requires a flag (-u, --undo) in order to enable it.
Please feel free to continue to test the undo code and
thanks again for using nano for your text editing needs.
Go team Nano!
2009.02.16 - GNU nano 2.1.9 wonders what all that glass is doing on the
floor! This release is primarily meant as a less buggy
version of 2.1.8, particularly for issues with the new
sped-up syntax highlighting code. Other fixes include
configure-time detection of groff HTML support before
attempting to generate the HTML version of man pages,
and using ~ or ~username syntax in .nanorc should now
work again. Also, nano will now only ask for one
acknowledgement of errors it encounters when parsing
nanorc files, and a new flag -q (--quiet) will silence
these messages altogether. Give it a go, and happy
birthday lenny!
2009.02.07 - GNU nano 2.1.8 "unsafe at any speed" is released. This
release includes some long overdue performance improvements
in syntax color highlighting, the ability to abort running
searches (useful mainly when editing very large files) and
the ability to use nano like a pager for viewing standard
input (i.e. "nano -"). Additionally, there are gentoo
syntax highlighting updates and fixes for issues with
reading files in a directory with strange parent directory
permissions. The key-bindings code was also substantially
changed in order to be more ISO-C compatible. Be sure to
use the Savannah page not only for bug reports but for any
features you would like to see before the next stable
series is released. Have fun with it!
2008.11.10 - GNU nano 2.1.7 "Effingham" is ready to make good on those
campaign promises of lower bug rates and 50% more pie.
This release includes a new check for external modifications
when saving a file, some code and documentation cleanups,
and more bug fixes for the new undo code (but we continue
to welcome your bug reports via the Savannah bug page at
Come get some.
2008.10.03 - GNU nano 2.1.6 was for new features before it was against
them. This release includes more undo capability, several
new syntax highlighting configurations including Objective
C, OCaml, and Fortran, and a new capability to activate
highlighting based on the 1st line of the file being
edited. Also, the new default configure options now
include color syntax highlighting, .nanorc support,
multibuffer and extras. These items can still be disabled
and are not enabled with --enable-tiny. Bug fixes include
better signal handling under Cygwin, and that's about it.
Again please remember to submit bug reports via Savannah at
https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?func=additem&group=nano as
undo functions certainly need more testing. Bon appetit.
2008.08.30 - GNU nano 2.1.5 is ready to lead on day one. This release
contains a better fix for incorrectly reported successful
writes on full filesystems, more helpful messages when
an internal error occurs in the undo code, and fixes for
various combinations of configure-time options and
compiler flags. Also included is new support for
changing the rc file name at configure time, and using
GNU-style regexes for word-boundaries on systems which
do not support them natively, as well as the ever popular
translation updates. Rock the tarball.
2008.08.09 - GNU nano 2.1.4 "I told you so!" is released. This release
includes fixes for several severe issues with the new
undo/redo code. Also the behavior of writing files when
using backup mode has changed as well: if writing the
backup file fails, nano will not attempt to write the
current file. This should help folks who enjoy "extreme
text editing", i.e. editing files on file systems which
are likely to run out of space; see Savannah bug #24000.
Have fun with it!
2008.08.04 - GNU nano 2.1.3 "least stable version ever" is released.
This release includes new (and experimental) undo and redo
functionality for most text operations. The default key
bindings are Meta-U for undo and Meta-E for redo, but these
can be remapped using the new 2.1 keybinding code. Also
included are some fixes for configuring using wide curses,
crashing when invoking the help menu with certain locales,
and not saving the search history when compiled with
configure options.
2008.06.24 - GNU nano 2.1.2 "New York City" is released. This
release contains fixes for binding bad keys, some
configure-specific compilation failures, and more
issues with the new input back end and in particular
the status bar. Also fixed are some long-standing
issues with compiling on AIX, and a segfault when
making the terminal window too small. Rest in Peace
Tim and George!
2008.04.01 - GNU nano 2.1.1 won't get fooled again. This release
contains fixes for the new user-rebindable keys (in
particular bracket match which was mis-bound), and
various problems with translations and configure-
related compilation problems are now fixed as well.
It also contains new syntax highlighting definitions
for Tcl, PHP, Gentoo and Debian-related files, and
some documentation updates as well. Please continue to
send reports with the key binding code to the Savannah
page (https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=nano).
2008.03.18 - GNU nano 2.1.0 "under old mismanagement" is released.
This first release in the 2.1 development series
introduces rebindable keys for most actions inside
the editor. Please see the nanorc(5) page for more
information on configuring key bindings. Please
also report all keybinding bugs (crashes, missing
menu functions) using the Savannah bug tracker URL,
https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=nano and
thanks for sticking with us!
2007.12.20 - GNU nano 2.0.7 keeps its balance. This release fixes
several bugs, among others: a segfault and several
cursor positioning problems when uncutting text or
inserting files into the current buffer; a problem where
the total number of characters would be miscalculated
when replacing single-byte characters with multibyte
ones; several minor issues with the statusbar prompt
involving text display and mouse support; and several
oddities when tab-completing in the middle of a line.
It also improves autodetection of DOS and Mac format
files, properly supports the mouse wheel when using a
version of ncurses built with the --enable-ext-mouse
option, fixes some problems under NetBSD curses, adds a
lot of translation updates, and adds more minor
documentation updates. Slang curses emulation support
has also been changed to turn off all the options that
--enable-tiny does, as it's hopelessly broken otherwise.
Finally, nano is now licensed under the GNU GPL version
3 or later, and its documentation is now dual-licensed
under the GNU GPL version 3 or later and the GNU FDL
version 1.2 or later. Have fun.
2007.04.26 - GNU nano 2.0.6 "that was quick" is released. This release
fixes a potential segfault after justifying text marked
from the bottom up. It also adds one more minor
documentation update. Enjoy.
2007.04.22 - GNU nano 2.0.5 braces for impact. Among other things, this
release fixes various problems (including a segfault)
when trying to open or save a file in a directory
beginning with "~" that isn't a home directory; fixes a
problem where a file with no name could be saved over an
existing filename with no warning about overwriting it;
properly disallows opening directories or device files
from "include" commands in nanorc files; no longer
displays a misleading prompt when trying to save in
restricted mode with the mark on; and properly supports
the Cancel and Shift-Cancel keys. It also improves
several color syntaxes to highlight trailing whitespace,
just as the Java syntax does, and adds yet more minor
documentation updates. Have fun.
2007.04.06 - GNU nano 2.0.4 heralds the dawn. This release contains
proper support for the Ctrl-[arrow key], Shift-[arrow
key], and F13-F16 keys under Xfce's Terminal. It also
adds still more minor documentation updates. Enjoy.
2007.01.29 - GNU nano 2.0.3 flows toward its ending. This release
contains several minor optimizations to make the
executable a little smaller under some circumstances,
some translation updates, improvements to the color
syntax for Python, and still more minor documentation
updates. Have fun.
2006.12.20 - GNU nano 2.0.2 forges ahead. This release fixes a segfault
when trying to save in a nonexistent directory; fixes
handling of strings containing nulls at the "Write File",
"Insert File", "Execute Command", and "Go to Directory"
prompts; fixes several minor memory leaks; fixes two
more potential compilation warnings; adds a few
translation updates; and adds a few more minor
documentation updates. Enjoy.
2006.11.20 - GNU nano 2.0.1 emerges from its cocoon. This release
contains several bugfixes: saving one file over another
will now always warn about overwriting it, overwriting
a file is no longer possible when saving a new file in
restricted mode, and zero-length Unicode characters are
now highlighted properly when nano is built without
regular expression support. It also adds several minor
documentation updates. Have fun with it.
2006.11.06 - GNU nano 2.0.0 does its little dance. This release adds
documentation updates and a few cosmetic tweaks.
For those who haven't been following nano 1.3
development, there are a ton of new features, including
support for UTF-8, moving to a specified line and column
instead of just a line, improved color syntax
highlighting, inserting previously untypeable characters
using "Verbatim Input" mode, and copying text into the
cutbuffer without cutting it. There are also fixes for
some long-standing bugs, such as the "NumLock glitch"
from nano 1.2.x, and the inability to unjustify text
after resizing. Finally, there are also a ton of
translation updates and new translations, as well as new
color syntaxes. See the UPGRADE file for more
information, and enjoy the new stable release.
2006.10.25 - GNU nano 1.9.99pre3 learns to appreciate life. This
release fixes a bug where the screen sometimes wouldn't
be updated properly after copying text into the
cutbuffer, fixes a potential warning while compiling,
and fixes a few other minor inconsistencies. Have fun.
2006.10.02 - GNU nano 1.9.99pre2 crosses the threshold. This release
fixes a few more bugs: cursor positioning after leaving
the statusbar prompt has been fixed, and verbatim input
at the statusbar prompt now properly handles newlines.
2006.08.29 - GNU nano 1.9.99pre1 passes through the flames. This
release fixes various bugs in the last version: the
mouse support properly ignores everything except clicks
of the left mouse button; the statusbar is now blanked
properly when it should be; indenting and unindenting
operate on the current line when the mark is off; nano
should build on Tru64, NetBSD, and other systems that
use termcap instead of terminfo in their curses
libraries; the built-in file browser now properly
navigates file lists that take up only one row; the
cursor position is now completely restored after
inserting a file into the current buffer, and after
inserting the output of a command into a new buffer; the
^X shortcut at the search prompt has been removed, as
official Pico doesn't include it and it's too easily
confused with Exit; the screen is updated properly after
scrolling a line without moving the cursor; the keyboard
input routines behave more consistently; and so on.
Have fun with it.
2006.06.26 - GNU nano 1.3.12 escapes the darkness. This release
contains the last new features that nano will have
before 2.0: copying text into the cutbuffer without
cutting it, indenting lines of marked text with a single
keystroke, reworked help text that should be easier for
new users, searching for filenames in the file browser,
the ability to include color regexes in files separate
from nanorc files, etc. It also contains many bugfixes.
Text can now be unjustified after justifying it and
resizing the window; the screen is now cleared when
suspending; the "default" color syntax is now handled
properly at all times; lines of text containing tabs are
now wrapped at the right place; double-column characters
are now properly displayed when past the right edge of
the screen; invalid multiline color regexes are now
ignored; and so on. Enjoy.
2006.03.30 - GNU nano 1.3.11 awakens from its fever dream. This release
focuses mostly on bugfixes, which include better
handling of the cursor at the statusbar prompt, support
for certain combinations of Shift and keypad keys in
both normal and --rebindkeypad mode, a fix for a minor
display problem after some searches, a real fix for a
long-standing segfault when displaying overly long
lines, and a real fix for nano's not hanging up properly
in xterm under certain circumstances. There are also
several new features, such as the ability to set the
characters used as brackets when searching for matching
brackets, and tab completion of directories at the "Go
To Directory" prompt. Have fun.
2005.12.23 - GNU nano 1.3.10 rises to the surface. This release
contains several new features as well as fixes for
several long-standing bugs. The former include the
ability to scroll up or down single lines without
scrolling the cursor, reworked bracket searching code
that doesn't require regular expression support,
reworked command execution code that uses $SHELL if
available instead of hardcoding "/bin/sh", and the
ability to no longer add newlines to files that don't
end in them via the -L/--nonewlines option. The latter
include fixes to the statusbar prompt so that mouse
clicks work properly on it, fixes to the Yes/No/All
prompt so that mouse clicks on it work properly when
-O/--morespace is used, and fixes to the resize handling
so that nano dies properly when the terminal is too
small to display a prompt. Enjoy.
2005.10.23 - GNU nano 1.3.9 breaks through the wall. This release
includes major enhancements as well as bugfixes. The
enhancements include better handling of invalid UTF-8,
expansion of the word count option to also count lines
and characters in the file or selection, more efficient
screen update routines, a readded -K/--rebindkeypad
option to work around numeric keypad problems on
terminals that don't show the usual NumLock glitch, a
new -W/--wordbounds option to properly detect words
containing punctuation when moving among them, and
massive improvements to the color code such as handling
of unspecified foreground colors, more efficient memory
usage for color regexes, and new reserved syntaxes
"default" and "none". The bugfixes include fixes for
the rewritten history code, fixes for potential line
numbering problems on 64-bit platforms, fixes for a few
long-standing minor display problems, a fix for erroneous
hangups occurring while waiting for input, and a fix for
a segfault when displaying certain overly long lines.
Have fun with it.
2005.06.30 - GNU nano 1.3.8 floats at its own level. This release
contains several new features. Among other things,
you can now move to a specified column number as well
as line number within a file, file backups saved in a
backup directory will have unique names, the search and
replace history routines should work more consistently,
you can get a word count by pressing Meta-D at the edit
window, and there's a new -E/--tabstospaces option to
convert all typed tabs to spaces (--backupdir's short
option has been changed to -C). In terms of bugfixes,
this release contains fixes for minor problems with
screen updates, UTF-8 display, and flow control; a fix
for a segfault when displaying some lines ending with
tabs; better handling of constant cursor position
display; improved color parsing in the rcfile;
and support for the "Regexp" toggle in tiny mode
(-R/--regexp is gone, and --restricted's short option
has been changed to -R), among other things. Enjoy.
2005.04.10 - GNU nano 1.3.7 claws its way to the top. This release
mostly contains bugfixes for the massive amount of new
code in 1.3.6. Among other things, nano builds with
debug support again; going into the help browser at the
"Read File" prompt no longer kicks you out of the prompt
after you exit the help browser; paragraph searching no
longer skips over certain cases of single-line
paragraphs; the titlebar no longer cuts off some UTF-8
strings prematurely; and the text displayed in the help
browser is now wrapped as it was in nano 1.2.x, taking
UTF-8 support into account. New features include an
--enable/disable-utf8 configure option to explicitly
turn detection of UTF-8 support on or off, and sample
regexes for C++ as well as C. Have fun.
2005.03.20 - GNU nano 1.3.6 "shout it from the rooftops" is released.
This release finally includes the long-awaited support
for UTF-8. Other new features include the ability to
insert UTF-8 characters using verbatim input; the
ability to delete all text from the cursor position to
the end of the file via ^W^X as (patched) Pico does;
improvements to input and output so that pasted text
displays faster, improvements to the statusbar prompt so
that more edit window shortcuts, including verbatim
input and previous/next word search, work in it; a new
option to allow using the formerly always-blank second
line of the screen as part of the edit window; and the
ability to refresh the help browser and file browser
windows via Ctrl-L. Notable bug fixes include a fix for
a segfault when using full justify, and a fix for the
long-standing bug where nano would keep running if the
terminal it was in died unexpectedly. Enjoy.
2004.11.22 - GNU nano 1.3.5 hurls itself forward. New features in this
release include the ability to replace only marked text
when the mark is on, improvements to smooth scrolling so
that it applies everywhere instead of just affecting the
movement keys, improvements to how files are opened so
that they are no longer displayed unnecessarily, support
for multiple +LINE arguments in addition to multiple
filenames on the command line, autodetection of the
format to save a file in based on the format it was in
when it was opened, the ability to toggle both ways
between the "Read File" and "Execute Command" prompts
and the "Search" and "Go to Line" prompts, and support
for cross-compiling nano. As for bug fixes, the
"tabsize" nanorc option works again, mouse clicks on the
shortcut list trigger the right shortcuts again,
tab-completing a filename with %'s in it no longer
causes a segfault, the internal spell checker no longer
skips words after the cursor position when the cursor is
in the middle of the file, and spell checking of only
marked text now works properly. Have fun with it.
2004.08.17 - GNU nano 1.3.4 marches forth after a false start. This
release mainly features fixes for the bugs that crept
into the last release. Among other things, nano now
compiles again with certain options, quoted justify now
works properly on systems without regex.h, full justify
no longer segfaults when used on a file with no
paragraphs, previous paragraph searching works properly
again, tab completion is properly disabled when needed
in restricted mode, Ctrl-C is no longer disabled after
using the alternate spell checker, the permissions of a
newly created file now match those of nano 1.2.x again,
and replacing all text in a file now properly updates
the screen in all cases. New features include sample
regexes for patch files, improvements to the sample
regexes for C files, and support for strings greater
than 1023 characters and/or containing nulls in
.nano_history. Additionally, the full justify keystroke
has been changed to match current Pico, and whitespace
display mode is now turned off by default. Enjoy.
2004.06.28 - GNU nano 1.3.3 marches forth. There are several new
features in this release, including a restricted mode
that provides better security than just setting an
operating directory, the ability to justify the entire
file at once, support for a "smart" Home key that can
leap from the beginning of text on a line to the true
beginning of the line (or the reverse) in one stroke,
support for specifying an alternative spell checker in
$SPELL, the ability to specify the characters used to
display spaces and tabs so that they can easily be told
apart, and the ability to specify the characters marking
the ends of sentences as used in justification. There
are also several bug fixes; among other things,
justification now keeps spaces at the ends of all but
the last line of a paragraph as Pico does, saving a
marked selection no longer changes the current filename
to the filename the selection was saved under, resizing
now works better and no longer corrupts the screen under
slang, and the movement functions now avoid doing
unnecessary redraws and hence work faster. In short,
there are a lot of new things to play with. Enjoy.
2004.03.31 - GNU nano 1.3.2 is prepared for the void. New features in
this release include the ability to spell-check only
marked text and the ability to save all backup files in
a specified directory instead of wherever the original
files are. Bug fixes include a fix for a segfault when
replacing certain regular expressions, fixes for some
misbehavior when doing searches, minor fixes to verbatim
input mode and keyboard input in general, better
handling of window resizes at certain times, and
allowing the mark to be saved properly again when
switching between multiple file buffers. nano has also
been ported to the Tandem NonStop Kernel. Have fun.
2004.01.09 - GNU nano 1.3.1 is outside the gates. This release
features, among other things, fixes for the input
routines to deal with some problems they had, a
reorganized shortcut list for the help browser, minor
Pico compatibility improvements for the file browser,
fixes for misbehavior when replacing certain regular
expressions, and the ability to highlight those regular
expressions properly. It also allows searching without
prompting to work in view mode, adds support for glib
2.x for those systems that need it, updates the .spec
file for the 1.3 branch, prompts you first when you try
to save a file under a different name, and adds a new
verbatim input mode that acts as ^V does under vi, but
with additional Pico compatibility (explained in the
FAQ). Basically, a bunch of fixes and a few new
features for your editor of choice. Enjoy.
2003.10.22 - GNU nano 1.3.0 is loosed upon the world. This is the first
release in the unstable 1.3.x series, and as such it
includes a lot of new features, including the addition
of a -d option for those FreeBSD users with Backspace
keys that act like Delete keys, the ability to repeat
the last search without prompting, the ability to search
for the beginning or end of a paragraph, new smooth
paging routines to go with the smooth scrolling
routines, and various improvements to the input and
display routines to make them behave more intuitively.
It also includes the usual load of bugfixes. Enjoy.
2003.08.11 - GNU nano 1.2.2 is released, only four months since the
last version :-). This release includes fixes for
broken regex detection, search history recall, and
keypad handling with -K. Debugging strings are no
longer translated and comments denote where translations
should be as short as possible (i.e. the statusbar).
There are new examples for syntax highlighting, and
documentation updates and fixes. The 1.3.0 CVS tree
will be opening soon for all your nano desires, so stay
2003.04.19 - Happy Easter! GNU nano 1.2.1 is released. This release
features a new check for broken regexec()
implementations and some variable, function and macro
cleanups. Fixes are included for search history,
cutting marked text, alt keyboard mode, and the usual
translation and documentation updates.
2003.02.19 - GNU nano 1.2.0 is released. Few changes from pre3, just
some doc and translation updates, and bugfixes for
justify and file conversion. For those of you who
haven't kept up with the 1.1 unstable series, v1.2
brings nanorc support, color syntax highlighting,
multiple file buffers, search/replace history and much
much more. Please read the UPGRADE file for details,
and enjoy GNU nano 1.2.0.
2003.02.13 - GNU nano 1.1.99pre3 "The last testing version, no really!"
is released. This release includes fixes for wrapping
(again), resizing, color syntax highlighting, rcfile
parsing, the mouse code, more memory leaks, and some
reversion of the code to get the user's home directory
(nano will now again rely on $HOME). There are also
translation updates, a new manual page for the nanorc
file, and an UPGRADE file detailing the changes since
version 1.0. Please submit reports for any bugs you
might find to the development team (nano-devel@gnu.org),
and enjoy nano almost-1.2.0 ;-)
2003.02.03 - GNU nano 1.1.99pre2 "bugs in my pockets, bugs in my shoes"
is released. There are, not surprisingly, only bugfixes
in this release as we move toward the stable 1.2.0
release. Fixes are included for translatable string
format, subexpression replacement, constant cursor
position, invalid search regexes, justify, screen state on
SIGHUP and SIGTERM, cutting to end cuts with long lines,
many file browser and operating directory bugs, memory and
file descriptor leaks, marker code, spell checker, the
mouse code with long lines, multiple buffers and non-file
open errors, replacement string length, and a silly but
serious history message crash. There is also a drastic
improvement in CPU utilization for the color regex code.
Depending on the number of bugs found in this release,
there may be a 1.1.99pre3 or RC1, or just a 1.2.0 release.
Most of the major bugs seem to have been worked out, so if
you are waiting for a good time to test nano before the
official 1.2.0 release, this would be the one to use.
Happy bug hunting!
2003.01.17 - GNU nano 1.1.99pre1 "enough already" has been released.
This release is, barring bug fixes and documentation
updates, what version 1.2.0 has looked like, feature
wise. There will very likely be bugs, just due the
volume of changes made in this release. Search and
replace string history has been added, including an
option to log history to ~/.nano_history (-H,
--historylog). Because of this, the Pico incompatible
search/replace string behavior that used to be the
default has been deleted. The old "pico" flag (-p) is
now compatible with Pico's "preserve" mode for allowing
flow control characters; by default this version ignores
both ^Q and ^S. The --disable-wrapping-as-root
configure option has been forward ported from version
1.0.x, and a new flag to enable all extra options
(--enable-all) has been added. The internal spell
checker has been improved, meaning you will now be
prompted only once for each unique capitalization of a
given word.
There have also been lots of bug fixes,
including the "trying to insert a directory name in
multibuffer mode bug", the ugly spell checker scrolling,
the color code, cutting text crashes, justification,
deleting the "magic line" via replace, and cursor
positioning on the statusbar. There have also been the
usual helping of translation and documentation updates.
Please send all new feedback on this release
direct to the development list (nano-devel@gnu.org).
2002.10.24 - GNU nano 1.1.12 "Make Jordi happy" is released. This
release demonstrates that nano is starting to freeze for
version 1.2. New features include a Meta-Y toggle for
syntax highlighting, pluralized i18n, and a handler for
SIGTERM. Nano now ignores XOFF (^S) to stop accidental
lock-ups, and no longer references malloc.h.
Also included are fixes for zero-length regex
matches, segfaults with --disable-mouse, justification,
memory corruption with the browser, version and help
cmdline output, and translation updates. Aside from the
(currently up in the air) search history behavior, the
next version of nano should be 1.1.99pre1. Have fun!
2002.10.01 - GNU nano 1.1.11 "Oddball" is released. This release
features a new version of gettext, a new and improved
syntax highlighting engine, and some updates for the
nanorc.sample file. The toggles for case sensitivity
(Meta-C) and regular expressions (Meta-R) have changed
in the search and replace prompts, multibuffer status is
now displayed and can be toggled from the insert file
menu, and some wrapping behavior that changed in 1.1.10
has reverted. The --enable-color warning was also made
less severe, as the color syntax code has improved, and
nano now uses extended regexes in the .nanorc file.
Also included are fixes for various memory
leaks, the operating directory option, username tab
completion, the page_up and down arrow, go to previous
word and next word, nanorc parser and line wrapping
code. Have fun!
2002.07.25 - At long last! GNU nano 1.1.10 "What didn't we break?"
is released. This version of GNU nano features version
0.11.2 of gettext, building with automake 1.6, some new
code for displaying control characters, browser
improvements, a new backup file option (-B, --backup),
a new option to ignore rc files (-I, --ignorercfiles),
compatibility with -pedantic, handling null characters
before EOF, a slightly sportier nanorc.sample and more.
Fixes are included for justification, the reading
and writing file routines, resizing and fill length,
millions of memory leaks, the usage screen was updated,
and the --quotestr and --regexp really work now ;-)
Enjoy :)
2002.05.12 - GNU nano 1.1.9 is released, happy Mother's Day! This
release includes many new features, including a prepend
mode (^O,M-P), a new "syntax" command in the .nanorc to
allow multiple syntax highlighting types, and a new -Y,
--syntax flag to set a specific one if there's no
filename regex to match it against (i.e. w/mutt). The
^space and M-space keys will now show up in the help
menu, which itself has been tweaked a bit, and many more
configure options should now cooperate (like the odd
pairing of --enable-tiny and --enable-multibuffer). The
marker should now work when using multiple buffers, and
the huge memory leak in color syntax highlighting has
been fixed. A lot of new stuff for everyone's favorite
text editor ;) Have fun!
2002.03.30 - GNU nano 1.1.8 is released. New features include an
"Insert Output of External Command", ^R^X, and a .spec
file is now included in the distribution. There are
cleanups in the usage code, fixes for regex parsing, the
file browser, the NO_CONVERT auto-detect, indented
justification, the internal spell checker, and a serious
bug where reading a file of 0 lines would hang nano.
Also, the "show position" code now shows the starting
column as 1 instead of 0. Have fun!
2002.03.05 - GNU nano 1.1.7 "let's change everything and see what breaks"
is released. New features include the new flags
-N, --noconvert (to stop any file format conversion) and
-Q, --quotestr (for the new quoted text justification),
a new tempnam() implementation to avoid silly warnings,
DOS and Mac file options in the Write File dialog,
multiple save files (file.1) for abnormal exits,
^C now showing column as well as character position, and
multibuffer allowing duplicate files, even unnamed ones.
Also, the static shortcut and toggle lengths are history,
nano now reads SYSCONFDIR/nanorc if rc file support is
enabled, and nano is now built with (and for rebuilding
requires) autoconf 2.5.
This release also includes fixes for some memory
leaks, detecting DOS and Mac file format, justification,
suspending keys, search & replace under various
conditions, variable width for shortcuts, and the usual
ton of translation updates.
2002.01.25 - GNU nano 1.1.6 is released. Lots of new features in this
release. New Meta-keys were added as alternates for
control sequences: Meta-A for the marker key (^^), and
Meta-G for the 'goto dir' key in the file browser (^_).
The color syntax highlighting now supports multiple
lines via start="regex" end="regex" syntax, and the
.nanorc regex format itself has changed. Also, the
gettext code was upgraded to version 0.10.40, and nano
will now display a message if only occurrence of a given
search exists.
For bugfixes, there are fixes for spelling,
stray newlines in the usage() function, suspend issues
with tcsh, auto-indent and wrapping clashes, ugly code
in rcfile.c, global variable compatibility with AIX.
There are also oodles of translation updates. Have fun
with it.
2002.01.05 - GNU nano 1.1.5 is out. The main new feature in this
release is the changed behavior of the keypad. Nano
now does the Right Thing and uses keypad() by default.
If you wish to use the keypad arrow keys in certain
terminals, you may use the -K or --keypad flag to get
the old behavior. Users of other OSes should see better
handling of their non-keypad keys in this release.
Other changes include more Hurd fixes, fixes parsing the
.nanorc, display fixes for the color syntax highlighting,
gettext stabilization and many translation updates.
This is almost like a stable release, much like in the
0.9.x series when every other release was the most stable
one :) Have fun!
2001.12.11 - GNU nano 1.1.4 is released. This release contains
rudimentary color syntax support (but it's still
broken), compatibility fixes for the Hurd and FreeBSD,
spell checker and wrapping fixes, and more. It seems
that the amount of interest in the code is inversely
proportional to the amount of time since last release,
so it's time to show the world all the changes since
1.1.3 ;) Have fun with it!
2001.10.26 - GNU nano 1.1.3 is released. As far as new features go,
the help system is now available for all functions in
the editor. Also, nano will now also print a message on
the status bar when it automatically converts a file
from Mac or DOS format, and trying to load a file that
has already been loaded in multibuffer mode will now
also cause an error message. There is now a "goto
previous word" which you can use by hitting Meta-Space
As for fixes, a SEVERE bug in the null_at code
which discarded the memory address of reallocated memory
has been fixed. This is probably the biggest bug fix in
well over the last year of development. There are also
some display fixes for when the screen shouldn't center
itself on cut or uncut text. Also, the comments in the
header files incorrectly said that nano was distributed
under version 1 of the GPL when the accompanying license
was the GPLv2.
If you're using nano-1.1, it is highly
recommended you upgrade to this release. If using 1.0,
wait for version 1.0.6 which should be available early
next week. Enjoy!
2001.10.03 - GNU nano 1.1.2 is out there. Many new features in this
release, including support for auto-converting from DOS
and Mac formatted files, as well as toggles for writing
out files in these formats. Pico's -o flag has been
implemented, as has some new smooth scrolling code
(which can be used in place of the default jerky
scrolling behavior). Also, there is now a "find
matching bracket/brace/etc" feature (Meta-]). The
.nanorc file now accepts setting the tabsize, and the
help text at the bottom of the editor is now better
spaced out in the search/replace prompts. There are
also the usual helping of bugfixes, translation updates
and, surely a bug or two. You better get ready!
2001.07.28 - GNU nano 1.1.1 is released. Our second 1.1 unstable
release features many bugfixes from the initial release,
in particular fixes for the multibuffer code, and
various compiler macro fixes. The shortcut lists for
the search and replace prompts are a little more logical
(with cancel the last option again), and the included
gettext was re-downgraded to 0.10.35 due to problems on
the PPC platform. GNU nano now includes its own aclocal
macros in the m4/ directory to allow rebuilding the
configure script to work on platforms regardless of
their gettext version.
2001.07.15 - GNU nano 1.1.0 is released. This is the first release
in the 1.1.x unstable series of GNU nano. It
incorporates all changes up to the 1.0.3 release, and
also includes many many new features, including
appending to as well as overwriting files, writing
marked text to a separate file, dynamic wrap length,
lots more compatibility with Pico, and new optional
features like .nanorc file support and multiple file
buffers! All in all, plenty of new stuff that's sure to
introduce lots of bugs ;-) Have fun with it, but be
careful, unstable means unstable.
2001.07.01 - GNU nano 1.0.3 is the "mutt" release. This release
features oodles of bug fixes with cutting text,
especially with the -k (cut to end) option. There is
also a new suspend handler which should make nano play
better with mutt (the code for which came from mutt
itself; many many thanks to Jordi Mallach and Tom Lear
for working late into the night fixing this). Nano now
also features mutt's case insensitive string compare
function for more speed and less memory usage. Two new
translations are included, Ukrainian and Russian.
2001.05.12 - GNU nano 1.0.2 is the "just the bugfixes ma'am" release.
The most noticeable fixes are for display errors using
page up/down with the marker code, and view mode (-v)
not stopping the replace function. Other fixes include
being able to use the arrow keys while holding down the
ctrl key in certain TERMs, and there are many
documentation updates and spelling tweaks. We also have
a new Galician translation (provided by Jacobo Tarrío).
Have fun with it!
2001.04.06 - GNU nano 1.0.1 is out there. The only new feature is a
configure option for those who want to disable all word
wrapping from nano, --disable-wrapping. Bug fixes this
release include some bugs with autoconf and i18n, and
several fixes in the file browser including a segfault
on Solaris, symlinks to directories now work properly,
and nano now sorts files case insensitively like Pilot.
Have fun with it.
2001.03.22 - GNU Nano 1.0 is released! The autoindent wrapping bug
has been fixed, as well as a strange bug when using Pico
mode and regex search. There have also been some minor
spelling and documentation updates. As stated on the
website, there are currently no known bugs with nano,
but some will pop up eventually and they will be
addressed in subsequent releases. We hope you enjoy
this first stable release of nano, and as always,
feedback is welcome! <nano@nano-editor.org>
2001.02.19 - Nano 0.9.99pre3 brings a lot of changes! The most important
being that nano is now officially a GNU program. Some
changes have been made for GNU compatibility (like in the
default list of shortcuts: "^G Get Help" is now listed
and "^_ Goto Line" is not). The Yes/No/All keys have
finally been internationalized also. All in all, quite
a few changes, considering nano is supposed to be in
a code freeze. But there are the usual helping of
bugfixes, a nasty bug when cutting text in -k mode and
some compatibility issues with older ncurses libraries
have also been fixed. All in all, a lot to see.
2001.01.31 - Nano 0.9.99pre2 is released. Not surprisingly, all that
is new is bugfixes, bugfixes, bugfixes. There were a
few cleanups in unneeded global variables and duplicate
functions, but most is just fixing. Specifically, there
is now a preliminary (read: needs testing) fix for
resizing the editor in any mode other than normal edit
mode. Other fixes include some more tab completion
segfaults, and a silly segfault that occurred when
successfully writing a file on the 2nd try (i.e. after
an initial write error). Slowly but surely, on toward
1.0 we travel.
2001.01.17 - Nano 0.9.99pre1 is released. This is the first pre-1.0
release of nano, and is also the first release since the
code freeze for nano 1.0. Don't expect (or request) any
new features between now and nano 1.0, only bugfixes,
optimizations and doc/translation updates. For fixes, a
nasty segfault when trying to insert one's home directory
(~), some checks for the NumLock key making the keypad go
awry, window size sanity checks, many autoconf fixes, and
support for the KDE Konsole keypad layout. Have fun.
2001.01.07 - Nano 0.9.25 is the "Just one more feature I swear!"
release. It includes one new feature that Pico has had
forever, a built-in file browser. Since not everyone
may want this option, there is a --disable-browser
option to the configure script as well. Other changes
include slightly different keypad handling, and a bugfix
for crashes when tab completion in certain instances.
Have fun and Happy New Year!
2000.12.18 - Nano 0.9.24 is released. This version contains the last
of the security fixes for writing files, as well as for
a nasty segfault when nano is unable to open a file for
reading, among other fixes. Nano now also cowardly
refuses to open device files, to stop silly things like
trying to open /dev/zero. New features include being
able to use Meta-Meta-<key> as Control-<key>, better
HURD support, and some new flags have been added for
Pico compatibility. Upgrading to this version is highly
2000.12.08 - Nano 0.9.23 is the "race conditions bite" release. The
main reason for this release is the less-than-optimal
fix for the security issue in nano with following
symbolic links. Hopefully this will fix the problem
permanently. The --nofollow option also works again
for those who are real security nuts. There are also
some display and search fixes, and the --disable-spell
function was renamed to --disable-speller to be in line
with nano and Pico's "speller" term.
2000.12.02 - Nano 0.9.22 is released, with many more changes and
additions than imaginable. The most important change is
a fix for unsafe handling of symbolic links which could
lead to symlink attacks if nano were to exit because of
an error or signal. Also there are better checks when
saving files.
As for new features, username tab completion is now
working well, the internal spell checker code has been
tweaked, you can now unjustify if you don't like how the
justify formatted your text, and there are more options
for configure, including --disable-spell and
--disable-justify and --enable-extra (for those who like
surprises). All in all, a whole lot of changes in a
little over a week.
2000.11.23 - Happy Thanksgiving! Nano 0.9.21 is our "last version was
a big turkey" release. It fixes several bugs introduced
by the previous version, as well as a few long-standing
display bugs. All 0.9.20 users are strongly encouraged
to upgrade to this release.
2000.11.18 - Nano 0.9.20 is finally out the door. Probably the biggest
change is the brand new way nano displays previous search
and replace strings (they are now editable!) This is a
break from Pico's (inconsistent) interface, so if you
don't like the new way, "Pico" mode (-p on the command
line or Meta-P within nano) still works the "old" way.
Other new features include being able to deal with
search strings of any length, a new internal spell feature
(courtesy of Mr. Rocco Corsi) and tab completion when
reading in or writing out files! There's also the usual
billion or so bug fixes. Feedback on this release is
welcome because so much has changed, especially with the
previous string display in search and replace. Email
-> nano@nano-editor.org <-. If you like something,
don't like something, or just want to order a pizza,
let us know!
2000.10.02 - Nano 0.9.19 is the "Chris is getting married in less than
a week and needs a distraction" release. There are only
a few actual code changes, mainly portability and
compiler warning fixes. Nano now also supports
PDCurses, which enables easily-built nano executables
for Windows NT and 95/98 for the brave. The official
nano site has changed (again) as well, check out
www.nano-editor.org for all the latest nano schtuff.
2000.09.18 - Nano 0.9.18 is unleashed. It has some new keyboard
handling code, Cygwin support out of the box, and a more
portable handler for the NOHELP toggle. There is also a
fix for a somewhat serious bug whereby trying to insert
a directory instead of a normal file would destroy the
contents of the editor. A must-see. Four stars.
2000.09.04 - Nano 0.9.17, the Labor Day release, is released after a
quiet spell (almost an entire month since last release!)
New features include better (not yet perfect) binary
display support and toggle support for most of the
program flags (M-c, M-i, M-z, M-x, M-p, M-w, M-m, M-k
and M-e for -c, -i, -z, -x, -p, -w, -m, -k, and -R).
2000.08.09 - Nano 0.9.16, after some struggling, is released. This
release should fix a few of the holes that 0.9.15 dug.
The "cutting text on the first line" bug is fixed, as is
the "cutting text on the last line" bug. Nice symmetry
there huh? Also the --tabsize argument should now work
as well as by using -T.
2000.08.03 - Nano 0.9.15 is the "I can't think of a release description"
release. There are the usual gala of display bugfixes,
a fix for the nasty bug in -k mode that could create
a loop in the file being edited, and some other code
cleanup. Also, the -T option should now work regardless
of the curses library used. Yay.
2000.07.27 - Nano 0.9.14 is officially the "13 is so unlucky it should
be skipped as a version number" release. One typo caused
unending problems (calling nano with either -t or -k
caused both flags to be used). The -k code is now also
closer in functionality to Pico's -k mode; please note
that this code is not finished yet. Working on this code
has made me realize that there is not enough abstraction
in the code, and I will be working on that for the next
release. Until then, have fun with this version.
2000.07.23 - Nano 0.9.13 has a few new bits and bobs, most notably the
-k option from Pico (cut to end of line). The majority
of changes in this release are bugfixes, however,
including the usual display fixes and fixes for writing
to symbolic links and unwritable files. Barring any
other major changes, this should be the feature set for
nano 1.0, whenever it might be released =-)
2000.07.07 - Nano 0.9.12 (the "lucky day" release) is bursting with
new features, bug fixes, and yummy fruit flavor. For
changes, the alternate replace keystroke ^W^T is now
^W^R to be compatible with later versions of Pico. ^W^T
is now goto line, again for Pico compatibility. As for
new features, the wonderful/hated magic line code has
returned with a vengeance! Also, regular expression
searches and replaces have been incorporated via the -R
flag. And, of course, there are the usual helping of
display and other bug fixes to top it all off.
2000.06.20 - Nano 0.9.11 presents drastic rewrites of the most buggy
routines in the program, specifically the wrapping code
and almost all of the display routines. There are many
improvements and bugfixes to the display subsystem in
general, but there may be bugs lurking yet. Also, after
many MANY requests, there is now an option to set the
displayed tab width (-T, --tabsize). Note that this
function just changes the way tabs LOOK in the editor,
the tabs you input are still real tabs of normal width
(usually 8 characters); nano just makes them look
smaller or bigger while in the editor. New in the
translation department is an Indonesian translation
2000.06.06 - Nano 0.9.10 is primarily a bugfix for the loss of SIGINT
when using "run and terminate" flags (for example, --help).
There are also some minor documentation updates. This
version of nano is the most stable in quite some time,
and is likely to be the most stable for awhile. Users
are encouraged to upgrade to this version.
2000.05.31 - Nano 0.9.9 introduces much better working i18n support,
more portability, and a ton of bugfixes. While nano is
not likely anywhere near 1.0 in terms of code quality,
it gets a quantum leap closer with this release.
2000.05.18 - Nano 0.9.8 (the 'what broke now?' release) should fix
the resize crash people have been experiencing. It also
offers a new input method that should allow nano to do
things the right way (like ^S, ^Q, custom suspend keys)
and hopefully won't break with non-US keyboards. There
are also the obligatory display fixes and speedups.
Have fun with it.
2000.05.14 - Nano 0.9.7 (the Mother's Day release) continues in the
long line of display fixes, and also fixes the broken
symlink behavior (i.e. symlinks weren't being followed
by default). Hopefully all major bugs can be worked out
soon and we can have a 1.0 release before the end of the
year, but who knows.
2000.05.08 - Nano 0.9.6 cleans up a lot of the display bugs that 0.9.5
uncovered. There are improvements (and some remaining
segfaults) in the wrapping code, and even more display
optimizations. I would still say 0.9.4 or 0.9.2 are the
most stable versions of nano to date, but this one may
not be too bad =-)
2000.05.01 - Nano 0.9.5 attempts to speed up the display of text to be
at least somewhat reasonable. Much code profiling has been
done to reduce the ridiculous number of redundant display
updates. This will probably expose a lot of bugs that can
then be fixed, so this release is probably not for the faint
of heart. For anyone curious, I would call nano 0.9.2 the
most stable version recently, so use that if you're not
particularly concerned with being on the bleeding edge.
2000.04.25 - Nano 0.9.4 fixes some problems in 0.9.3 with the last
line code and related segfaults. It now also has much
better handling for 8-bit characters. The --enable-tiny
code also produces a smaller executable.
2000.04.19 - Nano 0.9.3 is officially the "Micro$oft" release. It
underscores the recent problem of bugfixes introducing
more bugs than they fix. The most important change to
this version of nano is the removal of the "magic line".
You will no longer see a blank line at the end of the
file. If you want a new line at the end of your file,
you'll have to hit enter to get one.
Unfortunately, this feature has been causing many many
problems with nano so it is being removed for the time
being, and perhaps indefinitely.
Other new stuff includes an --enable-tiny option to make
nano ultra small (disabling i18n, detailed help and the
marker and mouse code), and --with-slang to use the
slang libraries instead of ncurses.
2000.04.15 - Nano 0.9.2 just fixes the serious segfault problem if
nano is invoked any way other than using the absolute
path. The bug was in the new code for checking whether
nano is invoked as 'pico'.
2000.04.14 - Nano 0.9.1 has some more Pico compatibility built-in. The
option to switch to/from Search and Search/Replace (^T)
is now available, and nano now displays the more
Pico-like shortcut list when invoked as 'pico' (i.e. if
'pico' is a symlink to nano). There is an important
change to the handling of symbolic links as well. Now,
nano does the "correct" thing and automatically writes
to the object of the symlink, rather than replace the
symlink with the updated file. This behavior is still
available with the --nofollow or -l flags.
Other new things include a fix for the infamous
"recursive replace" bug, and more bugfixes in the
wrapping code.
2000.04.07 - Nano 0.9.0 has some updates, new language support and
a much better refresh setup (It's still not great,
but...) There should also be more stability editing
long lines, as there was a stupid mistake in the
update_line call. Silly me =)
2000.03.22 - Nano 0.8.9 is basically just a bugfix release of 0.8.8
to reflect the current stagnant status of the project.
Most things work, the rest doesn't doesn't work because
(a) I can't fix it or I would have already done so, and
(b) the amount of patches I'm receiving right now is
quite negligible. Fortunately, this release marks the
first release since I have acquired ownership of the
nano pages on SourceForge. Here's hoping SF will get us
some more visibility, translators and patches.
2000.03.12 - After a hiatus, I have finally moved (not unpacked though)
to my new home into Albany. Thus I should now have more
time to work on nano. Nano 0.8.8, the "dear god what
broke this time?" release, incorporates patches for both
i18n and many bugfixes. It is VERY likely something
broke this version, and it's likely I didn't even apply
the i18n stuff properly, so *it* may not even work.
I would like to announce that I'm going to need
translations soonish, so if you are fluent in other
languages than English (or even better, if your native
language is not English) and you would like to submit a
translation file to me, please feel free to do so. If
you do, I will list your name and email in the AUTHORS
file as the maintainer of the .po file, and from then on
it is yours to take care of and keep up to date.
2000.03.01 - Well, to continue my trend of going back on my previous
release's comments, nano 0.8.7 is released. The crashing
behavior was still occurring, and this most recent fix
also fixes some other wrapping problems, so here you go.
There may be another release soon, there may not be, is
that vague enough? =)
2000.02.25 - More minor bugfixes in 0.8.6, the bizarre behavior at the
end of a page has ceased, thankfully. I'm also moving
next weekend, so don't be shocked if you don't see a new
version of nano next week =-)
2000.02.11 - Okay, here we go again. Aside from a few minor fixes
and some under-the-hood changes, you won't notice much
different in this version of nano. I haven't gotten
much feedback on the help feature, is it simply amazing
or does no one care? Write and let me know! =)
2000.02.08 - Nano 0.8.3 marks the first time in a long time that there
has been more than three days since the last release.
New features include an initial help mode (YAY!),
hopefully much more support for i18n out of the box, and
a flag for more Pico compatibility in the shortcut lists
displayed. This release also marks the new nano
distribution site, http://www.asty.org/nano and email
address nano@asty.org for bugs, etc.
2000.02.02 - Okay, I hate to go back on what I said in the last release,
but I may be changing jobs very soon. I will release version
0.8.2 as is (no i18n, no help menu (yet)). I expect things
to settle down by the end of next week, and then I can try to
start on the i18n support and help menu; look for these new
features in version 0.8.5 to 0.9.0.
2000.01.28 - Nano 0.8.1 marks our first official step toward
internationalization (i18n) and the help system (^G).
I will be merging in Jordi's patches for initial i18n
in the next version, and will implement the help system
with i18n built into it shortly after that. Please
don't hesitate to send bug reports, as long as you're
sure the fault lies with nano =-).
2000.01.25 - Nano 0.8.0 is officially the "let's try and be at least
a little portable, mmmmkay?" release. There are many
portability checks and fixes; many thanks to Andy Kahn
for his patches. I removed the broken do_spell behavior
with the 'spell' program; for now, we only try to call
'ispell' until I write a better method to handle the
output of the normal 'spell' command.
2000.01.24 - Nano 0.7.9 features many new features. Among them are a
new autoindent feature (-i, --autoindent), tempfile flag
like Pico's -t flag (-t, --tempfile), and preliminary
spelling program support. The spelling function tries to
run 'spell' and then 'ispell' in that order, but you can
specify another spelling program with -s or --speller.
2000.01.17 - Nano 0.7.7 is officially the "way too much stuff changed
this release" release. It's the busy time at work for me,
so please don't get offended if your patch doesn't get
included in the next immediate version of nano. I'm sure
all the changes in this release will cause a few bugs, so
0.7.8 will primarily be about fixing those bugs.
Things added this release include resizability (kinda),
new -x and -c flags (see nano -h for help), long command
line flag support, and the usual array of bugfixes.
2000.01.15 - Nano 0.7.6 is officially the "lightning" release.
It now loads large files much faster than previous
versions, and is even much faster than Pico or vi
in some rather rudimentary tests. Many thanks to
Adam Rogoyski for the read_byte patch!
2000.01.09 - As of this version (0.7.4), TIP has officially
been renamed to nano. The new homepage is at
Please update your bookmarks, tell your friends,
and all that jazz.