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NAME

       nanorc - GNU nano’s rcfile

DESCRIPTION

       This manual page documents GNU nano’s rcfile.

       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 "go to line number".

       The  nanorc  file  contains  the  default  settings  for  nano.  During
       startup,  nano  will  first  read   its   system-wide   settings   from
       SYSCONFDIR/nanorc, and then user-specific settings from ~/.nanorc.

OPTIONS

       The  configuration file accepts a series of "set" and "unset" commands,
       which can be used to  configure  nano  on  startup  without  using  the
       command-line   options.    Additionally,  the  "syntax",  "color",  and
       "icolor" keywords are used to  define  syntax  highlighting  rules  for
       different text patterns.  GNU nano will read one command per line.

       Options  in  rcfiles  take precedence over nano’s defaults, and command
       line options override rcfile settings.

       Options are unset by default, except for options that take an argument.

       The supported commands and arguments are:

       set/unset autoindent
          Use auto-indentation.

       set/unset backup
          Create backup files in filename~.

       set backupdir directory
          Set  the  directory  where  nano  puts  unique  backup files if file
          backups are enabled.

       set/unset backwards
          Do backwards searches by default.

       set brackets string
          Set the characters treated as closing brackets.  They cannot contain
          blank  characters.  Only closing punctuation, optionally followed by
          closing brackets, can end sentences.

       set/unset casesensitive
          Do case sensitive searches by default.

       set/unset const
          Constantly display the cursor position in the status bar.

       set/unset cut
          Use cut to end of line by default.

       set fill n
          Wrap lines at column number n.  If n is 0 or less, the maximum  line
          length  will  be the screen width less n columns.  The default value
          is -8.

       set/unset historylog
          Enable  ~/.nano_history  for  saving  and   reading   search/replace
          strings.

       set/unset morespace
          Allow  use  of  the  blank  line below the titlebar as extra editing
          space.

       set/unset mouse
          Enable mouse support, so that mouse clicks can be used  to  set  the
          mark and run shortcuts.

       set/unset multibuffer
          Allow inserting files into their own buffers.

       set/unset noconvert
          Don’t convert files from DOS/Mac format.

       set/unset nofollow
          Don’t follow symlinks when writing files.

       set/unset nohelp
          Don’t display the help lists at the bottom of the screen.

       set/unset nonewlines
          Don’t add newlines to the ends of files.

       set/unset nowrap
          Don’t wrap text at all.

       set operatingdir directory
          nano  will  only  read  and  write  files  inside  directory and its
          subdirectories.  Also, the current directory is changed to here,  so
          files  are  inserted  from  this  dir.   By  default  the  operating
          directory feature is turned off.

       set/unset preserve
          Preserve the XON and XOFF keys (^Q and ^S).

       set punct string
          Set the characters treated  as  closing  punctuation.   They  cannot
          contain  blank  characters.   Only  closing  punctuation, optionally
          followed by closing brackets, can end sentences.

       set/unset quickblank
          Do quick statusbar  blanking.   Statusbar  messages  will  disappear
          after 1 keystroke instead of 25.

       set quotestr string
          The  email-quote  string,  used  to justify email-quoted paragraphs.
          This is an "extended regular expression"  if  your  system  supports
          them, otherwise a literal string.  The default value is

               set quotestr "^([ \t]*[|>:}#])+"

          if  you  have  regexps, otherwise set quotestr "> ".  Note that ’\t’
          above stands for a literal Tab character.

       set/unset rebinddelete
          Interpret the Delete key differently  so  that  both  Backspace  and
          Delete  work  properly.   You should only need to use this option if
          Backspace acts like Delete on your system.

       set/unset rebindkeypad
          Interpret the numeric keypad keys so that they  all  work  properly.
          You  should  only  need  to  use this option if they don’t, as mouse
          support won’t work properly with this option enabled.

       set/unset regexp
          Do regular expression searches by default.

       set/unset smarthome
          Make the Home key smarter.  When Home is pressed anywhere but at the
          very  beginning  of  non-whitespace characters on a line, the cursor
          will jump to that beginning (either forwards or backwards).  If  the
          cursor  is  already  at  that  position,  it  will  jump to the true
          beginning of the line.

       set/unset smooth
          Use smooth scrolling by default.

       set speller spellprog
          Use spelling checker spellprog instead of the  built-in  one,  which
          calls spell.

       set/unset suspend
          Allow nano to be suspended.

       set tabsize n
          Use a tab size of n columns.  The value of n must be greater than 0.
          The default value is 8.

       set/unset tabstospaces
          Convert typed tabs to spaces.

       set/unset tempfile
          Save automatically on exit, don’t prompt.

       set/unset view
          Disallow file modification.

       set whitespace string
          Set the two characters used to display the first characters of  tabs
          and spaces.  They must be single-column characters.

       set/unset wordbounds
          Detect  word  boundaries  more  accurately  by  treating punctuation
          characters as part of a word.

       syntax str ["fileregex" ... ]
          Defines a syntax named str which can be activated via the  -Y  flag,
          or  will  be automatically activated if the current filename matches
          fileregex.  All following color and icolor statements will apply  to
          syntax until a new syntax is defined.

          The  none  syntax  is reserved; specifying it on the command line is
          the same as not having a syntax  at  all.   The  default  syntax  is
          special:  it  takes  no  fileregex,  and applies to files that don’t
          match any other syntax’s fileregex.

       color fgcolor,bgcolor regex ...
          For the currently defined syntax, display all  expressions  matching
          regex with foreground color fgcolor and background color bgcolor, at
          least one of which must be specified.  Legal colors  for  foreground
          and  background  color  are: white, black, red, blue, green, yellow,
          magenta, and cyan.  You may use  the  prefix  "bright"  to  force  a
          stronger  color  highlight  for  the  foreground.   If your terminal
          supports transparency,  not  specifying  a  bgcolor  tells  nano  to
          attempt to use a transparent background.

       icolor fgcolor,bgcolor regex ...
          Same   as  above,  except  that  the  expression  matching  is  case
          insensitive.

       color fgcolor,bgcolor start="sr" end="er"
          Display expressions which  start  with  sr  and  end  with  er  with
          foreground  color fgcolor and background color bgcolor, at least one
          of which must be specified.  This allows syntax highlighting to span
          multiple  lines.   Note that all subsequent instances of sr after an
          initial sr is found will be highlighted until the first instance  of
          er.

       icolor fgcolor,bgcolor start="sr" end="er"
          Same   as  above,  except  that  the  expression  matching  is  case
          insensitive.

FILES

       SYSCONFDIR/nanorc
              System-wide configuration file

       ~/.nanorc
              Per-user configuration file

SEE ALSO

       nano(1)
       /usr/share/doc/nano/examples/nanorc.sample  (or  equivalent   on   your
       system)

AUTHOR

       Chris  Allegretta  <chrisa@asty.org>, et al (see AUTHORS and THANKS for
       details).   This   manual   page   was   written   by   Jordi   Mallach
       <jordi@gnu.org>.