# Can relative number be changed so that current line is 1?

I knew this site would teach me more about my beloved `vim` :-) In posting a question/answer on how to delete large blocks without having to count lines, one of the answers taught me something I didn't know, that being relative line numbers along the lines of:

``````  2 This is line 1
1 This is line 2
3   This is line 3, the current line.
1 This is line 4.
2 Line 5.
3 Line 6.
``````

Now, if you wanted to delete lines 3, 4 and 5, you can simply add one to the relative line number (2) and use that to set the count, the command being `3dd`.

However, adding one seems a bit obscure so I was wondering if you could configure the line numbers in relative mode to be more like this:

``````  2 This is line 1
1 This is line 2
3 1 This is line 3, the current line.
2 This is line 4.
3 Line 5.
4 Line 6.
``````

That way you could simply transcribe the number into the command without having to think about it.

Don't do that. A numbering system that goes from -1 to +1 without a zero in between is just asking for trouble.

As an alternative habit, I suggest d2j — "delete this line and the next two lines". That works both ways: d2k deletes upward.

A long-winded ex command version of that would be `:+2d`.

• Accepting for the `d2j` which solves the problem.
– user579
Feb 19, 2015 at 8:49
• What's the problem with line numbers going from -1 to +1? I can see how it could cause you trouble in mathematics, but in line numbers? Feb 20, 2015 at 1:13
• @Jerry The asymmetry between the upward and downward numbering schemes would be harmful, for example. It would make my suggested `d2j` vs. `d2k` confusing. Feb 20, 2015 at 1:17

Maybe: `d<number><CR>`