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Re: [Nano-devel] [RFC] is it time to break free from the Pico defaults

From: David Ramsey
Subject: Re: [Nano-devel] [RFC] is it time to break free from the Pico defaults
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:46:23 -0600

Devin Hussey:
> If nano wants to be more accepted as a serious editor instead of "the
> one for n00bs who don't know how to use Emacs or Vim", it needs to
> advertise most of its features out of the box. There is a reason more
> people use Ubuntu and Mint than Arch. You just install it and use it
> without messing with manual setup.

This is a definite point.

Given how I normally use nano, of the given options, I'd only really go

    set historylog
    set nonewlines
    set nowrap
    set smooth

I'd also prefer

    set afterends
    set morespace
    set quickblank

although I could live without their being defaults.  (The first matches
mksh's word-jumping more closely, which I prefer; second allows me to
use all available screen real estate; and the third allows me to get
through messages quickly, since I'm used to the ones I get.  However,
not everyone navigates words the same way; the edges of the screen may
not be easily viewable for some other people depending on their setup;
and sometimes messages should stick around depending on what they are.)

The other options would really depend on what I'm editing.

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