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GNU team released version 4.0 of their GNU Nano, a text editor for Unix-like computing systems that use command line interface, yesterday. GNU Nano 4.0 explores new changes and improvements. GNU Nano 4.0 release has been named as “Thy Rope of Sands”.

What’s new in GNU Nano 4.0?

  • The overlong line that used to get automatically hard-wrapped has been fixed in GNU Nano 4.0.
  • Smooth scrolling has become the default in GNU Nano 4.0.
  • No newline character will be added automatically at end of buffer.
  • Option –breaklonglines (-b) can easily turn the automatic hard-wrapping back on. Other pption –jumpyscrolling (-j) provides the chunky, half-screen scrolling, and option –emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused.
  • and can now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext.
  • Option –guidestripe= is now able to draw a vertical bar at the given column in GNU Nano 4.0.
  • In case a line continues offscreen, it will now end with a highlighted “>” in GNU Nano 4.0.
  • The bindable functions such as ‘cutwordleft’ and ‘cutwordright’ have been renamed in GNU Nano 4.0.
  • The paragraph-jumping functions have been moved from Search to Go-to-Line.
  • An option –rebinddelete can compensate for more misbindings.
  • The –disable-wrapping-as-root configure option has been removed.

For more details on GNU Nano 4.0, check out the official release notes.

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