It seems that Emacs 29.1 has deprecated linum-mode. I haven't found a replacement yet. On ELPA I see nlinum-mode, but that seems to use linum, too. So what is the official replacement?

  • If you take a look at linum.el, you will see "Consider using native line numbers instead: M-x display-line-numbers-mode"
    – shynur
    Aug 7, 2023 at 8:47

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Simply C-hn in Emacs 29 and C-s for linum to easily find this news:

** The linum.el library is now obsolete.
We recommend using either the built-in 'display-line-numbers-mode', or
the 'nlinum' package from GNU ELPA instead.  The former has better
performance, but the latter is closer to a drop-in replacement.

1. To use 'display-line-numbers-mode', add something like this to your
   init file:

    (global-display-line-numbers-mode 1)
    ;; Alternatively, to use it only in programming modes:
    (add-hook 'prog-mode-hook #'display-line-numbers-mode)

2. To use 'nlinum', add this to your Init file:

    (package-install 'nlinum)
    (global-nlinum-mode 1)
    ;; Alternatively, to use it only in programming modes:
    (add-hook 'prog-mode-hook #'nlinum-mode)

3. To continue using the obsolete package 'linum', add this line to
   your Init file, in addition to any existing customizations:

    (require 'linum)

The fast/efficient display-line-numbers-mode has been included since Emacs 26.1.

  • (perhaps) off-topic: "using either the built-in display-line-numbers-mode, or the nlinum package from GNU ELPA" -- so we can display both absolute and relative line numbers at the same time by using both packages.
    – shynur
    Aug 7, 2023 at 9:04
  • 1
    Thank you especially for the hint to look at the news. I forgot that that's a thing!
    – A Schmitz
    Aug 7, 2023 at 9:23
  • This is great, thanks so much for the detailed submission
    – cstls
    Aug 9, 2023 at 15:58

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