nanorc(5) -- Linux man page
NAMEnanorc - GNU nano's rcfile
DESCRIPTIONThis 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.
OPTIONSThe 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:
- set/unset autoindent
- Use auto-indentation.
- set/unset backup
- Create backup files in filename~.
- set/unset const
- Constantly display the cursor position in the status bar.
- set/unset cut
- Use cut to end of line with ^K by default.
- set fill n
- Wrap lines at column number n. If n is 0 or less, the line length will be the screen width less n. The default value is -8.
- set/unset historylog
- Enable ~/.nano_history for saving and reading search/replace strings.
- set/unset keypad
- Use alternate keypad routines.
- 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 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 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 regexp
- Do regular expression searches by default.
- 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 with ^Z.
- set tabsize n
- Use a tab size of n instead of the default (8); must be greater than 0.
- set/unset tempfile
- Save automatically on exit, don't prompt.
- set/unset view
- Disallow file modification.
- 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 statements will apply to syntax until a new syntax is defined.
- color fgcolor[,bgcolor] regex ...
- For the currently defined syntax, display all expressions matching regex with foreground color fgcolor and optional background color bgcolor. 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 bgcolor tells nano to attempt to use a transparent background.
- color fgcolor[,bgcolor] start=sr end=er
Display expressions which start with sr and end with er
with foreground color fgcolor and optional
background color bgcolor. 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.
- System-wide configuration file
- Per-user configuration file
AUTHORChris Allegretta <email@example.com>, et al (see AUTHORS and THANKS for details). This manual page was written by Jordi Mallach <firstname.lastname@example.org>.