GNU nano - an enhanced clone of the Pico text editor.
The 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 go
to line number or search and replace) were unavailable until
recently or require a command line flag. Yuck.
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. For more
information on GNU and the Free Software Foundation, please see
How to compile and install nano
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.
If you configured with the "--enable-nanorc" option, after
installation you might copy the doc/nanorc.sample to your home
directory, rename it to ".nanorc", and then edit it according to
Mailing List and Bug Reports
Savannah hosts all the nano-related mailing-lists.
+ firstname.lastname@example.org is a very low traffic list
used to announce new nano versions or other important
information about the project.
+ email@example.com is for those seeking to get help without
wanting to hear about the technical details of its
+ firstname.lastname@example.org is the list used by the people
that make nano and a general development discussion list, with
To subscribe, send email to nano-<name>-email@example.com with a
subject of "subscribe", where <name> is the list you want to
For general bug reports, send a description of the problem to
firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to the development list.
GNU nano has reached its third stable milestone, 2.0.x.
Development of new features continues in the 2.1.x branch, while
2.0.x versions are dedicated to bug-fixing and polishing.
$Id: README 4057 2007-01-29 12:40:48Z dolorous $