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[Help-nano] Understanding syntax highlighting in nano

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Subject: [Help-nano] Understanding syntax highlighting in nano
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2017 22:28:46 +1030
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I used pine and pico way back in the day, and after a 'brief' hiatus I'm back in the groove and looking to customise my coding environment.  nano seems to offer everything I need in a cheerful editor, so I'm looking to wrap my head around the syntax highlighting and settle in for the long haul.

I have two questions I hope someone can help with:

1)  I suspect that the eight basic colours that can be selected — white, black, red, blue, green, yellow, magenta, and cyan — map directly (and numerically) to the terminal palette (which, in my case, is GNOME Terminal 3.18.3 on Ubuntu 16.04.3).  If that's the case, then the only way I can manipulate the palette is to do so at the terminal level — correct?

2)  I'm familiar with Perl regular expressions, but the regexes used in syntax files seem to be a tad different.  I gather from the docs that they are 'extended regular expressions'.  Am I to understand from this that we have full support of everything in Chapter 3 of the GNU Grep 3 Manual (



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