I have this line in .vimrc file

set ruler

which shows the percentage of current line. But for very large text files, it would just show 0% for first couple hundreds of lines, which is not quite useful. How can I set ruler such that is would show, for example, 0.04%?

Thanks in advance!

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    You'd probably need to put your own code in the statusline to do it. For reference, this is the "default" with 'ruler' set: :set statusline=%<%f\ %h%m%r%=%-14.(%l,%c%V%)\ %P
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Nov 29, 2019 at 16:33

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One possible solution is to do the calculation by yourself and add them in your status line:

First you will need a function which returns as a string your current position as a decimal percentage:

function! GetCurrentPosition()
    return printf('%.2f%%', ( 100.0 * line('.') / line('$') ))

The function uses line('.') to get the position of the cursor and line('$') to get the total number of lines in the buffer. If also uses printf() to convert the result to a string, keeping only 2 decimal numbers and using %% to add a literal percent sign.

Then you can add the result of this function to your statusline like this:

set statusline+=%{GetCurrentPosition()}

And you should get your desired result:

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