Quite a few times its been useful to see the line number while editing a file. Easily done too :')
Heres our poor file without an line numbering.....
Now we use the command
:set number (the colon is needed too)
and it gives us this :)
You can revert to no lines again by using
:set nonumber (again notice the colon is part of the command)
Opening a file with line numbers showing by default can be do with creating or adding to a file ~/exrc and adding the line