First of all, thank you for working on this!
On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden
I generally consider display of line numbers for each line in the
buffer un-Emacsy, something that came from the dark era when we needed
to count lines to be able to tell the then existing editors something
like "move down N lines, then DO SOMETHING". Emacs pioneered today's
world where all this is unnecessary, and the rest is history.
While I don't use the line numbers that way, it's very useful to pinpoint a colleague directly to a piece of code, especially when not sharing the code visually; like when over a phone call: "Hey, open up the "foo" file and look at line 1534.". Nothing beats the precision of that.
However, many users want line numbers to be displayed in Emacs. I
don't know why they want it, perhaps they were "spoiled" by other IDEs
So with that in mind, I came up with an implementation of a native
display of line numbers. You can find it in the scratch/line-numbers
branch of the Emacs repository.
Compared with linum-mode,
nlinum-mode, and other similar modes, it has the following main
. it works significantly faster (almost twice as fast as linum-mode,
50% faster that relative-line-numbers-mode)
How does it compare to nlinum.el in your initial testing? I will also test it out over next few days.
Please give it a try and report any bugs you find.
Here's my first observation after building from that branch.
In the below image, on the left I have emacs -Q running that has the new line number feature enabled, and on the right I have older emacs instance running with nlinum.el enabled.
Can you please add support for highlighting the current line number, using a different face (See the highlighted line number by nlinum on the right hand side)?
About the code:
+(defun toggle-display-line-numbers ()
+ (if display-line-numbers
+ (setq display-line-numbers nil)
+ (setq display-line-numbers t))
Instead of this, about about a minor mode with an intuitive name like "line-numbers-mode"? Above also has an issue, I believe.. If user has set display-line-numbers to 'relative, toggling it will always set it back to t.
How about leaving the buffer local display-line-numbers definition as it is, but replacing toggle-display-line-numbers function with a minor mode line-numbers-mode?