I installed the ALE plugin, and I really like the highlighting, though the sign column shown in the far left of this image is distracting to me and seems unnecessary given that errors and warnings are highlighted anyway.

Sign column

I've checked out out the ALE readme, but all I found relating to the sign column was this line let g:ale_sign_column_always = 0, which only seems to disable the column when there are no errors or warnings.

Is it possible to disable the sign column completely?

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    Does this work: let g:ale_set_signs = 0?
    – Ralf
    Oct 18, 2019 at 16:50
  • @Ralf Yes it does! Thanks for your help. Oct 18, 2019 at 18:09

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Ralf mentions in the comments disabling ALE's sign column with

let g:ale_set_signs = 0

but you can also disable signs entirely with

set signcolumn=no

or have them in the number column with

set signcolumn=number

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