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I'd like the line numbers to show automatically whenever I use nano. I've seen the set const command in ~/.nanorc but I want to see the line numbers in the column to the left, activated by meta-# within nano. Is there a way to automatically use meta-# whenever I use nano without having to do it myself?

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I don't have the latest version but browsing through the sources online shows that M-# is setting an option called linenumbers, and indeed this is described in the new man page for nanorc:

set linenumbers

    Display line numbers to the left of the text area.

There is also a command line -l or --linenumbers option.

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