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GNU nano
Small, user-friendly console text editor.

Nano is a small and simple text editor for use in a terminal. Besides basic editing, it supports: undo/redo, syntax highlighting, spell checking, justifying, auto-indentation, bracket matching, interactive search-and-replace (with regular expressions), and the editing of multiple files.


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Free as in Freedom 2.0, by Richard Stallman

Introduction to the Command Line

Helping the GNU Project and the Free Software Movement

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Leaders and contributors

Benno Schulenberg Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)Developer
Savannah (Ref)
Help-nano Info PageMailing List
Mailing List
Nano-devel Info PageMailing List
Info-nano Info PageMailing List
SavannahVCS Repository Webview
SavannahBug Tracking

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitegettext
Required to buildncurses or another Curses library

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 5 August 2020.


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