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[Nano-devel] Re: essential feature requests

From: Chris Allegretta
Subject: [Nano-devel] Re: essential feature requests
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:20:31 -0500

Hey Matthieu,

Thanks for the info about the crash.  You and Ken Tyler both found
this bug which was a dumb coding mistake on my part; apologies and
thank you and Ken for finding it.  It should be fixed now.  I put up a
new pre-release at:
for anyone interested in trying out the features before the next release.

Incidentally, I imagine the reason your compiled version is not
reading /etc/nanorc is by default compiled source code sets a 'prefix'
value of /usr/local/etc, so it would look for /etc/nanorc.  If you are
planning on copying the binary by hand, you would probably want to
configure with something like:
./configure --prefix=/

Anyway, thanks again and have a great night.

On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM, ML <address@hidden> wrote:
> Woow i didn't expect a response! I'm honored to be talking to directly
> to the author of one of the most widely used Linux tools.
> Alt+W seems to work nicely now. And ~/.nanorc/filepos_history is great!
> Did ./configure; make; cp /etc/nanorc /home/me/.nanorc; (cos for some
> reason /etc/nanorc wasn't parsed) ; alias
> nano='/home/me/nano-2.3.0pre1/src/nano'
> Did some exploit testing with filenames like `nano --poslog "test 100
> 100"`. But it seems every filename (even normal ones) say
> 'segmentation fault' when i do Ctrl+O. I'm sure you already noticed or
> i'm making a silly mistake.
> For now i'll wait for Arch linux' pacman -Syu to automatically update
> nano. But i really want to thank you for the effort and quick
> response!
> Noticed a reference in the ChangeLog :)) Awesome to be a small part of
> Linux! My name is Matthieu Lejeune never mind the gmail stuff ;)
> Greets!
> On 2/18/11, Chris Allegretta <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hi Matt,
>> The bug you mention with re-searching at startup and seach history
>> should be fixed as of r4531.
>> I have also implemented the saved cursor position feature you
>> mentioend, which will be in nano 2.3.0.
>> I've created a test tarball for you or anyone interested in testing
>> out this new feature (or
>> the bugfix for that matter) at
>> Note that this version changes the location of the saved search file,
>> which it sounds like you
>> do use quite a bit, to ~/.nano/search_history.  I added a section to
>> the faq about this but if
>> you want to switch between nano versions you may want to check out that
>> entry.
>> Thanks for using nano!
>> On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 7:05 AM, ML <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Hi i love nano especially after tweaking nanorc so that it does syntax
>>> highlighting. I'd like to request 2 features because i often work with
>>> multiple script files, searching strings and editing functions.
>>> I've enabled 'historylog' from nanorc. But when i open a new file Alt+W
>>> does
>>> not work :( I explicitly have to explain to nano: ctrl+w, uparrow,
>>> return. Only then does alt+w work as it should. feature request #1 is
>>> for this to work on startup.
>>> Secondly i'd really really love it if nano has an option to remember
>>> the last cursor position (and editor-window offset) per file at
>>> shutdown. The 'Joe' editor has this feature but i want to stick to
>>> nano please add this.
>>> Many thanks,
>>> Matt

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