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In a comment underneath the question, the O.P. stated that he/she is using a version of Emacs on macOS Catalina -- presumably the GUI version (although not stated one way or the other). In the event that Alan Third (the maintainer of the macOS port of Emacs) reads this, I really do appreciate everything that he has done and continues to do to keep the macOS ...


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Ideally, one would not have to worry about line numbers at all: the various tools would cooperate to put you in the right place. However, there are holes in the coverage, so you occasionally need to know on what line you are and how to get to a given line. As @lawlist points out, it would be preferable to use display-line-number-mode - see the EmacsWiki ...


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