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GNU nano - an enhanced clone of the Pico text editor. Overview 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 http://www.gnu.org/. How to compile and install nano Download the nano source code, then: tar zxvf nano-x.y.z.tar.gz cd nano-x.y.z ./configure make make install 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 your taste. Web Page http://www.nano-editor.org/ Mailing List and Bug Reports Savannah hosts all the nano-related mailing-lists. + email@example.com is a very low traffic list used to announce new nano versions or other important information about the project. + firstname.lastname@example.org is for those seeking to get help without wanting to hear about the technical details of its development. + email@example.com is the list used by the people that make nano and a general development discussion list, with moderate traffic. To subscribe, send email to nano-<name>-firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of "subscribe", where <name> is the list you want to subscribe to. For general bug reports, send a description of the problem to email@example.com or directly to the development list. Current Status 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 $