There is a common convention that a numeric prefix argument means “do it this many times”. If a command follows this convention, a prefix argument of 0 is useless. However, not all commands follow this convention or the other common convention of having two behaviors, one with no argument and one with a prefix argument other than 1. For example, save-buffer ...


@gilles and @npostavs have given use cases. To summarize what they said: When you're already using C- or M- for part of a key sequence, it can be easier to specify a zero prefix arg using C-0 or M-0 than using, say, C-u 0. A zero numeric prefix arg can have a specific (not necessarily numeric) meaning for a given command. @Gilles mentioned save-buffer, ...


I cannot think any use case... It just makes entering numeric prefix arguments a little easier. For example, with numeric argument of 0, C-k (kill-line) will delete from point to the beginning of line. You can invoke this with C-0 C-k which is easier than typing C-u 0 C-k.

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