GNU nano 2.0.1 reviewDownload
GNU nano project was started because of a few "problems" with the wonderfully easy-to-use and friendly Pico text editor. First and
GNU nano project was started because of a few "problems" with the wonderfully easy-to-use and friendly Pico text editor.
First and foremost is its license: the Pine suite does not use the GPL or a GPL-friendly license, and has unclear restrictions on redistribution. Because of this, Pine and Pico are not included with many GNU/Linux distributions. Also, other features (like goto line number or search and replace) were unavailable until recently or require a command line flag.
nano aims to solve these problems by emulating the functionality of Pico as closely as possible while addressing the problems above and perhaps providing other extra functionality.
The nano editor is now an official GNU package.
Here are some key features of "GNU nano":
More Pico compatible by default.
Smooth scrolling (-S flag).
Bracket matching (Meta-]).
Color syntax highlighting.
Search and replace history editing.
Customizable quoting string (-Q flag)
Append/prepend from write file menu.
Write selected text to file (^O after ^^).
Multiple file buffers (-F flag).
Mac/Dos/NoConvert file format (-M,-D,-N).
Saved search/replace history (-H flag).
Backup files (-B flag).
Insert output of command (^X after ^R)
Download the nano source code, then:
tar zxvf nano-x.y.z.tar.gz
It's that simple. Use --prefix with configure to override the default installation directory of /usr/local.
What's New in This Release:
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.
Zero-length Unicode characters are now highlighted properly when nano is built without regular expression support.
It also adds several minor documentation updates.
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