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line-number-mode at EOB (was: Native display of line numbers, improved)

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: line-number-mode at EOB (was: Native display of line numbers, improved)
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:20:10 +0200
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On Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:34:01 +0200 Stephen Berman <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:03:30 +0300 Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> From: Stephen Berman <address@hidden>
>>> Cc: address@hidden
>>> Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:23:15 +0200
>>> When the buffer ends with a newline and point is on it, no line number
>>> is displayed on the left, though with line-number-mode enabled the mode
>>> line does display the line number.
>> By "point is on it", I guess you mean point is at EOB, i.e. beyond the
>> last character position?  Because otherwise, I don't think I see what
>> you describe.
> Yes, I meant at EOB.
>> If this is about point at EOB, then this is the intended behavior: the
>> "line" where we position cursor in that case doesn't exist, so it
>> would be IMO incorrect to count it.  
> By that reasoning, line-number-mode (the %l construct) should be changed
> so as not to display a number when point is at EOB.  Perhaps it should
> display "EOB" or "END" instead.

I attempted to implement this change in the mode line display (see
attached patch) and the result, while admittedly only "minor aesthetic
sugar", seems to me not too bad: it makes line-number-mode consistent
not only with vertically displayed line numbers but also with
`count-words-region' (and hence with `count-lines').  What do others

If this change is accepted, then the command `what-line' should probably
also be changed to return "EOB" at EOB.  (Such a change makes sense even
if line-number-mode is not changed, since it seems odd that e.g. in the
standard *scratch* buffer `C-x h M-=' reports "Region has 3 lines..."
while calling `what-line' at EOB reports "Line 4".)

Steve Berman

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