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opticyclic wrote:

How come line numbers are not turned on in the settings by default?

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Original message URL: http://www.jetbrains.net/devnet/message/5241951#5241951

Because we don't program in BASIC maybe? ;)
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A bit caustic maybe, but still the sort of response I was interested in .

I always turn on the line numbers as I find it useful to refer to the line number if I am telling someone to look at something.
Perhaps more importantly, it also makes finding the right line from the stack trace easier to spot.

What are other peoples opinions?

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Line numbers matter for stack traces, but auto-navigate from stacktrace is built-in to IDEA.   The other big use case is to tell someone where in a file you are looking, and "line number of current cursor position" already shows up in the status bar.   As a navigation aid, line numbers are already exactly as available as I want them to be, and no more so.  Others will disagree, and either want them more available (up to and including always on) or less so, but this is one place where I think that JetBrains got it exactly right.

--Dave Griffith

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I go with what Dave just explained.

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