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Is there a way to tell nano to automatically show line numbering each time I open a file.

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The keyboard combination to display the current line number whilst you are using nano is CTRL+C.

Alternatively, to display the line & column number position you could just use the -c parameter when launching nano i.e:

nano -c [filename]

To make this permanent, nano uses a configuration in your home folder ~/.nanorc

Thus to display line numbers always when using nano...

nano ~/.nanorc

(don't worry if its empty - this file doesn't exist by default)

type set const


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Since you are using line numbers remember you can use ALT+G to jump to a specific line number.

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If you are in a tty, an alternative to CTRL+C is F11 and an alternative to ALT+G is F13 (which doesn't exist on my keyboard) or Ctrl+_ (Ctrl+Shift+-). – Radu Rădeanu Jun 3 '14 at 12:15

If nano -c filename does not work, use nano filename then Ctrl +_. It will ask you for the line number to go to.

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