Fri. Aug 7th, 2020

GNU nano 5.0 releases: powerful text editor

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Nano is a text editor on Unix and Unix-like systems and a replica of Pico. The goal of nano is a full-featured yet easy-to-use editor like Pico. Nano is a free software that complies with the GNU General Public License. Since the 2.0.7 release, the license has been upgraded from GPLv2 to GPLv3.

Changelog v5.0

  • 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.