How to update the portable version?



  • Can someone please tell me how to update my portable version of NPP? I used to be able to just unzip the new version over my current version (except for the shortcuts.xml), and all would be fine. But the last few updates, every time I do that, all my settings are wiped. Is there an easier way to update the portable version? Thanks.



  • Any xml you overwrite has the potential to reset settings, not just shortcuts.xml. This has always been true.



  • @Michael-DiGregorio

    the current and “last few” portable versions of notepad++ contain an old config.xml, dated to 2018.12.25 18:16.

    if you update your portable version, please do not extract it directly to your portable folder.

    extract it to a temporary location instead, e.g. your desktop, and copy everything from there to your portable folder except config.xml and shortcuts.xml



  • Thanks for the replies.

    I’ve done as Meta Chuh suggested and copied everything except config.xml and shortcuts.xml. My settings have been retained.

    Very much appreciated. :-)



  • Maybe the update could contain these two files with other names, and notepadd++ rename or copy them if needed.



  • @László-Botka

    I think you miss the point.



  • I do that, and it works. What is the point?



  • @László-Botka

    When you said, “Maybe the update could contain these two files with other names, and notepadd++ rename or copy them if needed.”

    The point of the portable version is that it doesn’t do this. It isn’t wanted or needed.



  • As
    @Meta-Chuh said:

    @Michael-DiGregorio

    extract it to a temporary location instead, e.g. your desktop, and copy everything from there to your portable folder except config.xml and shortcuts.xml

    I’ve been doing this since several releases.
    I thought the update could contain these files named as for example config-initial.xml and shortcuts-initial.xml, so, if the user copy the update files, the two files remain unchanged. Notepad++ could use these -initial files to create the config.xml and shortcuts.xml, if they don’t exist .



  • Actually I have been using NPP 7.6.3 32bit version (ZIP file).
    Today I have downloaded latest version of NPP (7.6.4) 64bit version today through ZIP file extraction.
    I have found out that the settings in windows 10 are stored in user directory: C:\Users\userNAME\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++ , while I have installed all NPP versions in different folders: C:\Program Files for 64bit programs, and C:\Program Files (x86) for 32bit programs.
    Opening for the first time the new release, all settings have been kept as before.
    The only trouble is depending on the fact that not all plug-ins are suitable for 64bit version.



  • @László-Botka

    Notepad++ could use these -initial files to create the config.xml and shortcuts.xml, if they don’t exist .

    yes, good idea.
    the config.xml does not have to be distributed at all.
    a default config.xml will be created automatically by notepad++ on startup, if it does not exist.

    all four portable versions, both zip and 7z, both x64 and x86, currently contain an old config.xml, dated to 2018.12.25 18:16.
    i have already requested the removal of config.xml from the portable versions.
    let’s see if it will be removed in the future.

    note:
    the minimalist 7z packages (x86/x64) do not contain a config.xml physical file and will create one if it does not exist.
    but it does contain a shortcuts.xml (see reasons below).
    the minimalist 7z packages are currently the best choice, if you just want to update your existing notepad++ core files.

    regarding shortcuts.xml, this would be more difficult to handle, as notepad++ does not create one if it’s missing, like a missing config.xml, and currently it does also not create one from a shortcuts.master.xml template file.

    ps:

    just in case anyone likes, or wants to use this feature:
    you can make a copy of your favourite config.xml at the same location, and rename your copy to config.master.xml.

    if you would now accidentally overwrite it with a config from a newer portable release, just delete the config.xml and notepad++ will create a new one, with all settings of your config.master.xml template, instead of using default settings.



  • @Adriano-Ellero

    I have found out that the settings in windows 10 are stored in user directory: C:\Users\userNAME\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++ , while I have installed all NPP versions in different folders: C:\Program Files for 64bit programs, and C:\Program Files (x86) for 32bit programs.

    yes, this is the default behaviour.

    as soon as you put a portable version to either %ProgramFiles%, or %ProgramFiles(x86)%, it will automatically switch to installed mode and use %AppData%\Notepad++.
    any existing doLocalConf.xml will be ignored.

    The only trouble is depending on the fact that not all plug-ins are suitable for 64bit version.

    if you want to use both x64 and x86 versions on your system, and you want to avoid, that both save their configurations and plugin settings to the same %AppData%\Notepad++ location for both:
    you have to move one or both of your portable versions to any location which is not inside of your C:\Program Files, or C:\Program Files (x86) folders.
    examples C:\PortableApps\Notepad++ x64 or C:\PortableApps\Notepad++



  • @Meta Chuh

    Thank you for your comprehensive explanation.



  • I have created a *.bat file for my needs, but here is it for some *.xml files:

    1. It will create a folder named !BackUp in the directory that the *.bat file lives, i.e. you must place it in the N++ root folder.
    2. It will backup the config.xml, contextMenu.xml, shortcuts.xml and userDefineLang.xml at the !BackUp folder.
    3. Run the *.bat file and do NOT close the window
    4. Make your N++ update and AFTER that press any key to continue to restore the files from !Backup folder
    5. Press any key to exit…
    @echo off
    title Backup Notepad++ Files
    echo.
    echo Create backup for Notepad++ settings files
    echo.
    cd /d %~dp0
    MD "!BackUp"
    for %%f in (config.xml, contextMenu.xml, shortcuts.xml, userDefineLang.xml) do copy "%~dp0\%%f" "!Backup\"
    echo.
    echo Please do NOT close this window until you make your Notepad++ updates
    echo.
    echo Press any key AFTER the update - to restore the backup files
    echo.
    pause
    echo.
    cd !BackUp
    copy *.xml "%~dp0"
    echo.
    pause
    

    I don’t pretend for a good syntax, but it do the job for me. Also my english is not so better, so please excuse me. You can adapt the code for your needs.



  • @Meta-Chuh
    Regarding your suggestion to update the portable version by using the minimalist package.

    Do files not contained in the minimalist package but in the full zipped files sometimes get updated? Is there a different way to update them?

    I had another piece of software (OGCS) that I tried updating by unzipping the entire new package to my existing install folder. The update, or some part of it, completely stopped the program from even starting. I know there were other DLL files that had been updated in that package, so it could have been one of them.

    I don’t want the same thing to happen to NP++, so the minimalist package sounds the safest. But if other files are being updated at times, especially other DLLs, due to security issues or bugs found in them, I would want to make sure they are updated, too. I’m guessing that everything in the plugins folder should be updated by the plugins admin updater. The updater folder also has some DLLs in it. Although I guess if I don’t use the updater, it doesn’t really matter, unless the same files are used to update the plugins.


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