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created October 1, 2001 · complexity basic · author Brian Medley · version 5.7

Below is a way to number a set of lines. Here is an example before and after snapshot:

```apple
bob
pear
tree

1 apple
2 bob
3 pear
4 tree
```

### Description Edit

This provides a command and a function. They both can be called with or without a range. In addition, they can be called with or without arguments. Without a range they operate on the current line.

There are two supported arguments. They are described below:

• arg1 the number to start at. The default is one. This will

number your selected lines sequentially. The start can be a number, ., \$, or, 'x (like getline).

• arg2 Text to append after numbers. The default is a space.

### Examples Edit

```:%Nlist 20
:%call Nlist(20)
```

To make a list start at 1:

```:'<,'>Nlist
:'<,'>call Nlist()
```

To number the whole buffer (with it's actual line number):

```:%Nlist
:%call Nlist()
```

To number a subset of lines with their line number (and put a '] ' in front of every number):

```:'<,'>Nlist . ]\
:'<,'>call Nlist(".", "] ")

command! -nargs=* -range Nlist <line1>,<line2>call Nlist(<f-args>)
```
```function! Nlist(...) range
if 2 == a:0
let start = a:1
let append = a:2
elseif 1 == a:0
let start = a:1
let append = " "
else
let start = 1
let append = " "
endif
" try to work like getline (i.e. allow the user to pass in . \$ or 'x)
if 0 == (start + 0)
let start = line(start)
endif
exe a:firstline . "," . a:lastline . 's/^/\=line(".")-a:firstline+start.append/'
endfunction
```

## Comments Edit

There is now a plugin nlist.vim that does this. The plugin also handles justifying the numbers. I probably should have waited and not made this tip.

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