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Show line numbers in VI - Ubuntu Linux/Mac OS X

Posted 03-01-2012 at 12:02 PM by reverend27

From within VI

:set number

To make this behaviour the default:

user@machine:~$ cd ~
user@machine:~$ touch .exrc
user@machiner:~$ vi .exrc

Add the following line to the file:
set number

user@machine:~$ . .exrc
user@machine:~$ vi someTextFile.txt

Basically, if the file .exrc does not exist in your home directory create it.
Open .exrc for editing.
Add the line (w/o quotes) "set number"
Save .exrc
Source .exrc
Test to verify function.

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