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GNU nano is a small and user friendly text editor. It has GNU autoconf support, goto line and replace functions, an interactive replace function and spell checker, auto-indent support, slang curses-wrpper support, variable tab width, regular expression search and replace, and toggles for command line flags that can be used from within the editor.


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GPLv3orlaterDeborah Nicholson9 July 2008

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Weak prerequisite gettext
Required to build Curses library (author recommends ncurses)

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