I could move next 4 lines with C-u C-n,
Additionally, try to move next 6 lines with C-6 C-n, but it did only one line down in effect.

What's wrong with my usage?

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    Do you see that when you start Emacs with emacs -Q (no init file)? I don't. If not, bisect your init file to find the culprit (and perhaps delete the question in that case). Also, try M-6 instead of C-6. And maybe see what C-h k C-6 tells you.
    – Drew
    Oct 21, 2019 at 13:17
  • Are you running Emacs in a terminal? If so, it likely doesn't send C-<N> sequences to Emacs at all. M-<N> would work.
    – phils
    Oct 21, 2019 at 22:05

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Thanks -- I didn't know that C-[digit] ran digit-argument. I always believed the numeric parameter comes after the C-u, thus the command would be C-u 6 C-n. For myself, I prefer Meta-6 C-n. The suggestions by @Drew are good ones: see what C-h k C-6 pulls up, then search through your .emacs.el file.

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