The nano text editor is a clone and free software alternative to the Pico editor and is covered under the GNU GPL. (Pico is distributed under a very restrictive licence). Besides basic emulation, nano also has the following other features:
- GNU autoconf support.
- Goto line and replace functions (without needing command-line flags).
- Interactive replace function and spell checker.
- Auto-indent support.
- Slang curses-wrapper support.
- Variable displayed tab width.
- Regular expression search and replace.
- Toggles for command-line flags from within the editor.
By default nano has something called hard word wrap. This means that when a line doesn't fit in the window, nano will insert a hard break. When editing configuration files this can be very harmful since breaking a line in to two lines can break the whole configuration. To disable this feature start nano with the -w switch:
nano -w [yourfile]
(using [ ] means that what is inside can optionally be omitted)
First you must install nano by doing this in a terminal
# rpm –i nano-2.0.1-1.i386.rpm
Nano is then installed.