You can not select more than 25 topics Topics must start with a letter or number, can include dashes ('-') and can be up to 35 characters long.
 
 
 
 
Benno Schulenberg a543f8cd8f search: correctly colorize a match also when softwrapping is active 16 hours ago
doc bump version numbers and add a news item for the 5.6 release 5 days ago
m4 tweaks: delete another pointless ChangeLog 11 months ago
po po: update translations and regenerate POT file and PO files 5 days ago
src search: correctly colorize a match also when softwrapping is active 16 hours ago
syntax color: give highlighted text its own color, to not look like marked text 2 weeks ago
.gitignore tweaks: drop obsolete 'nano.spec' from .gitignore file, and reshuffle 8 months ago
AUTHORS docs: note Marco as the original author of the bookmarking code 10 months ago
COPYING convert to GPLv3 or later 13 years ago
COPYING.DOC convert documentation to GPLv3/GFDLv1.2 13 years ago
ChangeLog bump version numbers and add a news item for the 5.6 release 5 days ago
ChangeLog.1999-2006 tweaks: for each version, mention the changes to the PO files last 11 months ago
ChangeLog.2007-2015 tweaks: fix twenty typos, in old Changelogs and in some comments 11 months ago
IMPROVEMENTS bump version numbers and add a news item for the 5.6 release 5 days ago
Makefile.am build: stop distributing the README.GIT file 6 months ago
NEWS bump version numbers and add a news item for the 5.6 release 5 days ago
README tweaks: condense the description of how to report a bug 2 months ago
README.GIT docs: adjust for the changed name of the header-file package on Debian 4 months ago
THANKS tweaks: sort three translator names better 1 year ago
TODO docs: reduce the TODO file to a reference to the bug tracker on Savannah 11 months ago
autogen.sh gnulib: update to its current upstream state 6 days ago
configure.ac bump version numbers and add a news item for the 5.6 release 5 days ago
nano-regress 2014-05-29 Chris Allegretta <chrisa@asty.org> 6 years ago
roll-a-release.sh bump version numbers and add a news item for the 5.6 release 5 days ago

README


GNU nano -- a simple editor, inspired by Pico

Overview

The nano project was started because of a few "problems" with the
wonderfully easy-to-use and friendly Pico text editor.

First and foremost was its license: the Pine suite does not use
the GPL, and (before using the Apache License) it had unclear
restrictions on redistribution. Because of this, Pine and Pico
were not included in many GNU/Linux distributions. Furthermore,
some features (like go-to-line-number or search-and-replace) were
unavailable for a long time or require a command-line flag. Yuck.

Nano aimed to solve these problems by: 1) being truly free software
by using the GPL, 2) emulating the functionality of Pico as closely
as is reasonable, and 3) including extra functionality by default.

Nowadays, nano wants to be a generally useful editor with sensible
defaults (linewise scrolling, no automatic line breaking).

The nano editor is an official GNU package. For more information on
GNU and the Free Software Foundation, please see https://www.gnu.org/.

How to compile and install nano

Download the latest nano source tarball, and then:

tar -xvf nano-x.y.tar.gz
cd nano-x.y
./configure
make
make install

You will need the header files of ncurses installed for ./configure
to succeed -- get them from libncurses-dev (Debian) or ncurses-devel
(Fedora) or a similarly named package. Use --prefix with ./configure
to override the default installation directory of /usr/local.

After installation you may want to copy the doc/sample.nanorc file
to your home directory, rename it to ".nanorc", and then edit it
according to your taste.

Web Page

https://nano-editor.org/

Mailing Lists

There are three nano-related mailing-lists.

+ info-nano@gnu.org is a very low traffic list used to announce
new nano versions or other important info about the project.

+ help-nano@gnu.org is for those seeking to get help without
wanting to hear about the technical details of its development.

+ nano-devel@gnu.org is the list used by the people that make nano
and a general development discussion list, with moderate traffic.

To subscribe, send email to <name>-request@gnu.org with a subject
of "subscribe", where <name> is the list you want to subscribe to.

The archives of the development and help mailing lists are here:

https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/nano-devel/
https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/help-nano/

Bug Reports

If you find a bug, please file a detailed description of the problem
on nano's bug tracker: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=nano.

Copyright Years

When in any file of this package a copyright notice mentions a
year range (such as 1999-2011), it is a shorthand for a list of
all the years in that interval.