This page is part of the XO Support FAQ.
- Nano is a text editor built into recent builds of the OLPC.
- It runs from the shell, not from within the Sugar desktop, so is mainly of use to developers.
- It is an alternative to the vi text editor.
- Nano is based on Pico, an older text editor familiar to users of the Pine e-mail program.
- Although ctrl-key combinations are listed for all commands, you can use the Escape key (black circled x) as a substitute for combinations that Sugar reserves for other purposes, such as CTRL-O for WriteOut (file save, represented as ^O on the nano menu). Instead, press Escape twice, then the letter O. The usual WriteOut "File Name to Write:" prompt will appear.
CTRL-Shift-O will also work.
- To have Python syntax coloring within Nano, copy File:Nanorc.txt to the home directory, and rename it to .nanorc .