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  • 1.  New pkg in toolbox NANO

    Posted Fri November 04, 2022 04:30 AM
    Hi there is it possible to get the editor nano in the toolbox, i have some useres that i need on the aix serveres and they don't have the correct fingers for vi :-)

    Jim Pedersen

  • 2.  RE: New pkg in toolbox NANO

    Posted Fri November 04, 2022 01:29 PM

    On AIX 7.3 TL0 sp1

    Downloaded nano-6.4.tar.gz  from

    I already had GNC C compiler installed

    gunzipped and untarred

    cd nano-64

    ./configure --enable-tiny


    --- it FAILED

    As root: dnf install ncurses-devel.ppc


    ----- it worked this time

    As root: make install

    ---- works.

    OK very minimal testing.  I prefer UNIX vi or Linux vim.

    Nigel Griffiths

  • 3.  RE: New pkg in toolbox NANO

    Posted Mon November 07, 2022 03:50 AM
    Thanks Nigel. 

    Hi Jim, As Nigel pointed out it is very easy to port nano so you may want to try it. 
    We have not seen much demand of nano on AIX and right now there is no plan for nano from AIX toolbox as we already provide vim and emacs.


  • 4.  RE: New pkg in toolbox NANO

    Posted 12 days ago
    yes, some users are requesting nano.  Please look into providing this package.

    Matthew Opoka

  • 5.  RE: New pkg in toolbox NANO

    IBM Champion
    Posted 12 days ago
    Note that there are nano keybindings/mode for vim, which might reduce the maintenance overhead (and be more likely to be maintained). I haven't used these myself, but a quick search indicates moderately wide use.

    Stephen L. Ulmer
    Enterprise Architect
    Mainline Information Systems