Syntax highlighting worked for me, though I only had 6 patterns.
Not necessary. The README file in the source tarball has the basic instructions, but you would want to add options when running configure:
tar zxvf nano-x.y.z.tar.gz
./configure --prefix=$HOME --enable-color --enable-nanorc
make installAnd then in .bash_profile
# Make Bash find user-installed programs first
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