I am trying to use the same way in vim for set signcolumn=number however seems neovim says it is replaced by sign define and followed by numhl everyone talking to use it instead but seems nobody gives the step on how to use it. the same way when I am looking for how to highlight the number only but not the line like in vim set cursorlineopt=number there is special command to used to replace the vim command but I don't know how to actually use it.

this is the link I am referring to github on how to user signcolumn on neovim

so anyone could guide me on how to actually use it, thank you very much for your care.

  • What have you tried so far? What part isn't working? You'll find this site is not very good to explain how something works (as in a blog post, or the actual documentation for Vim and NeoVim), but it's great for helping you debug a specific issue you're having. But your question right now is very general and doesn't describe a specific issue... You'll get more useful answers if you update your question with an example of what you have tried and what about it didn't work.
    – filbranden
    Sep 9, 2020 at 4:01
  • I tried those command in my init.vim but doesn't work. but I got the answer anyway as the guy on reddit and below replies it seems neovim is not support this functionalities yet
    – krehwell
    Sep 9, 2020 at 11:05

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You will be able to use signcolumn=number in the next release. The last release of neovim was on August 7, and the PR adding it to neovim was only merged on August 10. (Or you can try a nightly build.)

  • alright thank you, I never thought of that one and always curious why neovim does not support that I thought it has covered all the vim functionalities. thank you
    – krehwell
    Sep 9, 2020 at 11:07

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