The nano text editor

I use nano in preference to vim. I’ve used nano for casual file editing for years but never learned it fully. Since I migrated my blog to Nikola I’m using nano more frequently as I typically write my blog posts on a remote shell, so I thought I’d learn nano a little more.


I used the sites below to discover some of the essential keyboard shortcuts. I should have done this long ago, it didn’t take long.

Syntax Highlighting

However, the killer feature for nano is the Syntax Highlighting provided by Craig Barnes. He uses mixins to ensure a consistent colour theme for all the language highlighters. I don’t use his custom key bindings however, it gets confusing when connecting to different hosts taht have a default nano configuration.


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