In Helm I can see something like that:

Bibtex entries:
  2 Title of my first article
  3 Title of other article
  4 Title of still another article

How could I directly select (but not execute the default action) one entry by it's "line" number? (like number 4 here) I tried to look at the documentation, but can't find anything. The binding I found execute the line, and they are relatif, not absolute.

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Use M-4 C-n/C-p, the same as in ordinary buffers, the line numbers (expect the current line) are offsets.

There is a package for this purpose: https://github.com/cute-jumper/ace-jump-helm-line, though I've not tried it.

  • Hum, there is one problem: the line number I have are not offset but absolute value, and even if I'm on the first entry (line 2), I need no substract always 2 to the actual line I want to go to the good position (it's configured by global-display-line-numbers-mode). But the ace-jump-helm-line is great, thanks a lot!
    – tobiasBora
    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:27
  • @tobiasBora I don't use global-display-line-numbers-mode, I enable the line number in helm via C-c l (helm-display-line-numbers-mode), this command uses relative number, and you still can switch to relative number via C-c l.
    – xuchunyang
    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:39

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