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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       nano - Nano's ANOther editor, an enhanced free Pico Clone

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       nano [options] [+LINE] file

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       This manual page documents briefly the nano command.

       nano  is  a small, free and friendly editor which aims to replace Pico,
       the default editor included in the non-free Pine package.  Rather  than
       just  copying  Pico's  look and feel, nano also implements some missing
       (or disabled by default) features in Pico, such as "search and replace"
       and "goto line number".

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       -T (--tabsize)
	      Set the size (width) of a tab.

       -R (--regexp)
	      Enable  regular  expression matching for search strings, as well
	      as \n subexpression replacement for replace strings,  if	available.

       -V (--version)
	      Show the current version number and author.

       -h (--help)
	      Display a summary of command line options.

       -c (--const)
	      Constantly show the cursor position.

       -i (--autoindent)
	      Indent new lines to the previous line's indentation. Useful when
	      editing source code.

       -k (--cut)
	      Enable cut from cursor to end of line with ^K.

       -l (--nofollow)
	      If the file being edited is a symbolic link,  replace  the  link
	      with  a a new file, do not follow it.  Good for editing files in
	      /tmp, perhaps?

       -m (--mouse)
	      Enable mouse support (if available for your system).

       -p (--pico)
	      Emulate Pico as closely as  possible.   This  affects  both  the
	      "shortcut list" at the bottom of the screen, as well as the display
 and entry of previous search and replace strings.

       -r (--fill)
	      Wrap lines at column #cols.  By default this is the width of the
	      screen, less eight.

       -s (--speller)
	      Enable alternative spell checker command.

       -t (--tempfile)
	      Always  save  changed buffer without prompting.  Same as Pico -t

       -v (--view)
	      View file (read only) mode.

       -w (--nowrap)
	      Disable wrapping of long lines.

       -x (--nohelp)
	      Disable help screen at bottom of editor.

       -z (--suspend)
	      Enable suspend ability.

       -b, -e, -f
	      Ignored, for compatibility with Pico.

       +LINE  Places cursor at LINE on startup.

NOTES    [Toc]    [Back]

       Nano will try to dump the buffer into an emergency file in some	cases.
       Mainly,	this will happen if Nano receives a SIGHUP or runs out of memory,
 when it will write the buffer into a file named "nano.save" if the
       buffer  didn't have a name already, or will add a ".save" suffix to the
       current filename. Nano will not write  this  file  if  a  previous  one
       exists in the current directory.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Please send any comments or bug reports to
       The nano mailing list is available from
       nano-devel@lists.sourceforge.net.   To  subscribe, email to nano-develrequest@lists.sourceforge.net with a subject of "subscribe".

HOMEPAGE    [Toc]    [Back]


AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Chris Allegretta <chrisa@asty.org>, et al (see  AUTHORS	for  details).
       This  manual page was originally written by Jordi Mallach <jordi@sindominio.net>,
 for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be	used  by  others).

				April 30, 2001			       NANO(1)
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