Per default I have the relative numbers and actual numbers active on my vim sessions. However I find myself switching quite often to the actual line numbers as I like to copy elements from a certain line below my current e.g: :34t.

My first idea was to have the full numbers left and the relative numbers right, but if nothing has changed in this regards in the last 4 years this post already gives a negative answer on this. How to show line numbers in vim on the right side of the buffer?

So my question would be: is there any way to have just both the actual and the relative line numbers displayed in two columns?

4 26
3 27
2 28
1 29
0 30 I
1 31
2 32
3 33
4 34
  • The closest option seems to be :set number relativenumber: vimhelp.org/options.txt.html#number_relativenumber There might be a plugin: stackoverflow.com/a/16624418/2072269
    – muru
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:19
  • Doesn't hybrid line number work for you ? set number relativenumber should show both relative numbers of other lines and actual number of current line
    – amisax
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:22
  • The hybrid line numbers is what I am currently use. But on a quick glance on the screen I can not tell what actual line number a line is on without navigating to it.
    – Eike
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:49
  • @muru Plugin looks like the solution. I'll give that a shot
    – Eike
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:53
  • You don't really need the actual line number, though. You can do, say :.+8t. to copy the 8th line from the current.
    – muru
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:54

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Thanks to muru's suggestion the RltvNmber Plugin is achieving what I initially was looking for however using the suggested :+8t. syntax might be the leaner solution.

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