I needed to be able to set the cursor using mouse when editing text via nano over putty. I have already set the below in ~/.nanorc:

set mouse

If I start nano file just like that then it works, but if I require elevated rights and sudo nano file then it's not. How on earth is that possible? I suppose in that case nano is using another .nanorc?


I suppose in that case nano is using another .nanorc?

Yep. When you run sudo nano file, HOME environment variable is set to /root, so nano looks for .nanorc there.

Just add the setting into /root/.nanorc, and you should be fine.

  • Thank you for your answer. One more Q here if I may. Since I set up the above I can't paste anything into nano. I used to use right-click to do so.
    – fishmong3r
    May 14 '16 at 17:44
  • Never mind. Shift+Insert is still working.
    – fishmong3r
    May 15 '16 at 8:55

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