Frequently Asked Question List for TeX
For general numbering of lines, there are two packages for use with
lineno (which permits labels attached to
individual lines of typeset output) and
Numline is considered obsolete, but remains available from
Both of these packages play fast and loose with the LaTeX output routine, which can cause problems: the user should beware…
If the requirement is for numbering verbatim text,
including files verbatim) may be used.
memoir also provides the necessary facilities.
One common use of line numbers is in critical editions of texts, and
for this the
edmac package offers comprehensive support;
ledmac is a LaTeX port of
vruler package sidesteps many of the problems associated
with line-numbering, by offering (as its name suggests) a rule that
numbers positions on the page. The effect is good, applied to
even-looking text, but is poor in texts that involve breaks such as
interpolated mathematics or figures. Documentation of the package, in
the package itself, is pretty tough going, though there is an example
(also inside the package file).
FAQ ID: Q-linenos