.\" Hey, EMACS: -*- nroff -*- .\" nanorc.5 is Copyright (C) 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc. .\" .\" This is free documentation, see the latest version of the GNU General .\" Public License for copying conditions. There is NO warranty. .\" .\" $Id: nanorc.5,v 1.6 2003/06/29 02:25:46 dolorous Exp $ .TH NANORC 5 "June 19, 2003" .\" Please adjust this date whenever revising the manpage. .\" .SH NAME nanorc \- GNU nano's rcfile .SH DESCRIPTION This manual page documents GNU \fBnano\fP's rcfile. .PP \fBnano\fP 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, \fBnano\fP also implements some missing (or disabled by default) features in Pico, such as "search and replace" and "go to line number". .PP The \fInanorc\fP file contains the default settings for \fBnano\fP. During startup, \fBnano\fP will first read its system-wide settings from .IR $SYSCONFDIR/nanorc , and then user-specific settings from .IR ~/.nanorc . .SH 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" and "color" 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: .TP 3 \fBset/unset autoindent\fP Use auto-indentation. .TP \fBset/unset backup\fP Create backup files in .IR filename~ . .TP \fBset/unset const\fP Constantly display the cursor position in the status bar. .TP \fBset/unset cut\fP Use cut to end of line with ^K by default. .TP \fBset fill \fIn\fP\fP Wrap lines at column number \fIn\fP. If \fIn\fP is 0 or less, the line length will be the screen width less \fIn\fP. The default value is -8. .TP \fBset/unset historylog\fP Enable .I ~/.nano_history for saving and reading search/replace strings. .TP \fBset/unset keypad\fP Use alternate keypad routines. .TP \fBset/unset multibuffer\fP Allow inserting files into their own buffers. .TP \fBset/unset noconvert\fP Don't convert files from DOS/Mac format. .TP \fBset/unset nofollow\fP Don't follow symlinks when writing files. .TP \fBset/unset nohelp\fP Don't display the help lists at the bottom of the screen. .TP \fBset/unset nowrap\fP Don't wrap text at all. .TP \fBset operatingdir "\fIdirectory\fP"\fP \fBnano\fP will only read and write files inside \fIdirectory\fP 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. .TP \fBset/unset preserve\fP Preserve the XON and XOFF keys (^Q and ^S). .TP \fBset quotestr "\fIstring\fP"\fP 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. .TP \fBset/unset regexp\fP Do regular expression searches by default. .TP \fBset/unset smooth\fP Use smooth scrolling by default. .TP \fBset speller \fIspellprog\fP\fP Use spelling checker \fIspellprog\fP instead of the built-in one, which calls \fIspell\fP. .TP \fBset/unset suspend\fP Allow nano to be suspended with ^Z. .TP \fBset tabsize \fIn\fP\fP Use a tab size of \fIn\fP instead of the default (8); must be greater than 0. .TP \fBset/unset tempfile\fP Save automatically on exit, don't prompt. .TP \fBset/unset view\fP Disallow file modification. .TP .B syntax "\fIstr\fP" ["\fIfileregex\fP" ... ] Defines a syntax named \fIstr\fP which can be activated via the \fB-Y\fP flag, or will be automatically activated if the current filename matches \fIfileregex\fP. All following \fBcolor\fP statements will apply to \fIsyntax\fP until a new syntax is defined. .TP .B color \fIfgcolor\fP[,\fIbgcolor\fP] "\fIregex\fP" ... For the currently defined syntax, display all expressions matching \fIregex\fP with foreground color \fIfgcolor\fP and optional background color \fIbgcolor\fP. 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. If your terminal supports transparency, not specifying a \fIbgcolor\fP tells \fBnano\fP to attempt to use a transparent background. .TP .B color \fIfgcolor\fP[,\fIbgcolor\fP] start="\fIsr\fP" end="\fIer\fP" Display expressions which start with \fIsr\fP and end with \fIer\fP with foreground color \fIfgcolor\fP and optional background color \fIbgcolor\fP. This allows syntax highlighting to span multiple lines. Note that all subsequent instances of \fIsr\fP after an initial \fIsr\fP is found will be highlighted until the first instance of \fIer\fP. \fI .SH FILES .TP .I $SYSCONFDIR/nanorc System-wide configuration file .TP .I ~/.nanorc Per-user configuration file .SH SEE ALSO .PD 0 .TP \fBnano\fP(1) .PP \fI/usr/share/doc/nano/examples/nanorc.sample\fP (or equivalent on your system) .SH AUTHOR Chris Allegretta <email@example.com>, et al (see .I AUTHORS and .I THANKS for details). This manual page was written by Jordi Mallach <firstname.lastname@example.org>.