nano with cursor on thing to be replaced

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Wed Sep 10 03:53:57 UTC 2008

On a related issue, alpine is available as a debian package.  It's an open 
source version of pine and is a simple file download for debian users. 
The reason to replace pine with alpine is that pine is proprietary and 
only gets support when people at the university of washington find 
problems and if you don't attend that university they're not interested in 
any problems you have or might have with pine.  Alpine on the other hand 
has a larger supported user base as does all open source software. 
Alpine is even available for windows computers too.  You can also download 
alpine-pico which nano replaced earlier in the form of pico and pilot. 
Pilot is a file manager and is similar to fdclone and lfm if you know what 
those are.  If not, you may have heard of midnight commander mc, well 
these three alternatives are blind-friendly replacements for midnight 

On Mon, 28 Apr 2008, Tony Baechler wrote:

> John J. Boyer wrote:
>>  A while ago I had a question about global find and replace - d how to
>>  get the current version of nano to put the cursor on whatever is to be
>>  replaced instead of highlighting it. There seemed to be no answer. I
>>  have now found the source for nano 1.2.2, which does just that. It works
>>  fine for my purposes, and I can send it to anyone who wants it.
> Hi,
> Have you tried version 1.2.4? It's available from Debian mirrors and the site 
> below.
> If anyone wants old versions of Nano going back to at least 1.0 and probably 
> earlier, just go here:
> I found 1.2.2 in the v1.2 directory. I have used versions in the 2.0.x series 
> and did not have the problem that this poster seems to be having, but I don't 
> do a lot of global search and replace. When I search for something with ^W, 
> it puts the cursor at the beginning of the phrase I'm searching for. I wish 
> it would put the cursor at the end so I can delete it easier, but that's just 
> me.
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