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I'm having a few issues with the default version of Nano...Its extremely buggy and when I scroll between characters they mysteriously change without my editing.

How do I update my nano version? The version is 2.0.9 and it doesnt have anything more recent when I do yum update nano.

The nano webpage shows 2.2.6.

Whats the best way of upgrading this?

Thanks, D (Linux novice)

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yum update in this case.

Sometimes the distribution chooses not to upgrade to the latest version of some software (mostly for security reasons) so it might be possible that you cant install from the normal repositories.

You might find an rpm on the official website, you can install from there.

Nano download url

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At this write time, CentOS ships the following versions of nano:

Centos 5.9

nano --version
 GNU nano versión 1.3.12 (compilado 14:20:47, Jan  9 2007)
 Correo:   Web:
 Opciones compiladas: --enable-color --enable-extra --enable-multibuffer --enable-nanorc --enable-utf8

Centos 6.4

nano --version
 GNU nano versión 2.0.9 (compilado 07:18:28, Nov 12 2010)
 (C) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
 Correo:   Web:
 Opciones compiladas: --enable-color --enable-extra --enable-multibuffer --enable-nanorc --enable-utf8

For install a new version, previously ensure remove the nano package installed with:

# yum remove nano

After you can install the rpm package from nano download page (for example 2.2.6 for 64 bits):

# rpm -ivh

As far I see, upgrading the nano package doesn't have any compability problems in 5.9 or 6.4.

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Amazing solution! Thank you. – user20749 Jan 5 at 0:31

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