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Does anyone know if there's a way to make nano support auto-complete and auto-bracket closing?

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I just downloaded and perused the source of Nano with some grepping. I can say with 95% confidence that Nano doesn't support auto-bracket or auto-complete.

Meta-] will jump to the matching bracket under the cursor though.


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Oh.. that's alright. Thanks for your time. Just one quick question though: What do you mean by Meta-]? – Legend Feb 20 '10 at 22:39
Meta, in *nix is usually a single-tap of Esc or holding down Alt. Try this: put your cursor on a bracket then hold down alt and push ']'. Alternatively, you can just press esc and then press ]. This depends on how your terminal and/or terminal emulator are set up. Either way, once you do the sequence, nano will jump to the next matching bracket. – Nextraztus Feb 20 '10 at 22:43
Great. Thanks for the explanation... – Legend Feb 20 '10 at 23:27

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