Line Change Indicator Plugin



  • Is there any plugin currently available that will mark changed and/or changed and saved lines in a file. I have searched through the net and found that Location Navigator is supposed to do exactly same. However, it is not compatible with the NPP version 7.7.1 (32 bit) that I am using.

    I have looked at the this post and someone else has also pointed out the same.

    Can someome please help me with a plugin to work with version 7.7.1.

    Thanks in advance.

    Subhash



  • @Rahul-Jha said:

    it is not compatible with the NPP version 7.7.1 (32 bit) that I am using

    What is your definition of “not compatible”?

    I’m using that plugin just fine with the same Notepad++ configuration you mention.



  • I get this message box:

    “LocationNavigate.dll is not compatible with the current version of Notepad++. Do you want to remove this plugin from the plugins directory to prevent this message from next launch.”

    Message box image here



  • Probably using Notepad++ 64-bit? Location Navigate plugin only comes in 32-bit flavor. Not to doubt @Alan Kilborn using it successfully, I have never had luck with that plugin. It works fine when running, but when closing Notepad++, I always get a message saying N++ has crashed and asking if I want to debug.



  • I am using 32 bit. Checked again. So, that is not the issue.



  • @Michael-Vincent said:

    Probably using Notepad++ 64-bit?

    Well, @Rahul-Jha said in the OP that it was 32bit. However, sometimes there is confusion (“oh, I thought I used …”), so we should probably ask @Rahul-Jha to go to the ? > Debug Info > Copy debug info into clipboard and paste here, which will help us confirm the version. Also, it would tell us whether Notepad++ even thinks that the Location Navigator plugin has been installed. If not, maybe it went into the wrong directory. (Or maybe he tried a manual install, and accidentally installed the 64bit plugin for the 32bit NPP.)

    And a directory listing of both c:\notepad++\plugins and c:\notepad++\plugins\LocationNavigate pasted between squiggly triples (three tildes alone on a line), like below,

    ~~~
    dir c:\notepad++\plugins
    ...
    dir c:\notepad++\plugins\LocationNavigate
    ...
    ~~~
    

    would let us see the exact contents and file sizes, which might point out something.

    I pulled up a fresh 32bit portable 7.7.1, and downloaded LocationNavigate and LocationNavigateA direct from the plugin download page. I put the DLLs from those two into the appropriate subdirectories, and loaded Notepad++: it gave me a similar incompatible message on the LocationNavigateA, because that’s the “ANSI” version trying to run on a “Unicode” build, but the LocationNavigate.dll loaded just fine.

    Notepad++ v7.7.1   (32-bit)
    Build time : Jun 16 2019 - 21:14:50
    Path : C:\usr\local\apps\npp.7.7.1.bin.x86\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : ON
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : LocationNavigate.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExport.dll 
    

    And I can do Plugins > Location Navigate > About Location Navigate , and it tells me 0.4.7.7, so I assume it’s working…

    If I try to put the 32-bit DLL in my 64-bit 7.7.1, it pops up a similar dialog, but it’s explicit about it being a 32-bit-dll-vs-64-bit-app error.

    Oh, looking at the OP’s image, which can be embedded using syntax ![](https://i.imgur.com/eDiITWU.png):

    I see the install directory is c:\notepad++ – I am assuming that’s where the notepad++.exe lives, too – though the Debug Info will confirm that. But the error says “Access is denied”. That tells me it’s probably a file permssions issue. I’m wondering whether the DLL is owned by an Administrator whereas Notepad++ is being run as the standard user… (Also, I’m wondering whether the copy of Notepad++ in c:\notepad++ was installed, or whether it was a portable zip. Again, the Debug Info will answer that.)



  • @PeterJones said:

    pasted between squiggly triples (three tildes alone on a line),

    I love the nomenclature. Absolutely <3 it!

    but the LocationNavigate.dll loaded just fine

    Peter, keep it, go to Plugins > Location Navigate > Mark Changed Line …and tick it. It won’t be long before you can’t live without this feature in your N++.

    Peter, in general you are an amazement, to go to such support lengths…



  • Thanks @Peter Jones for a detailed reply.

    Here is all the info you requested:

    Debug Info:

    Notepad++ v7.7.1 (32-bit)
    Build time : Jun 16 2019 - 21:14:50
    Path : C:\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : ON
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : CustomizeToolbar.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExport.dll NppFTP.dll

     Directory of C:\notepad++\plugins
    
    08/13/2019  10:16 AM    <DIR>          .
    08/13/2019  10:16 AM    <DIR>          ..
    07/11/2019  09:05 AM    <DIR>          Config
    07/04/2019  04:24 PM    <DIR>          CustomizeToolbar
    06/17/2019  12:27 AM    <DIR>          doc
    07/18/2019  10:17 AM    <DIR>          HexEditor
    08/13/2019  10:14 AM    <DIR>          LocationNavigate
    07/04/2019  11:53 AM    <DIR>          mimeTools
    07/04/2019  11:53 AM    <DIR>          NppConverter
    07/04/2019  11:53 AM    <DIR>          NppExport
    07/04/2019  11:58 AM    <DIR>          NppFTP
                   0 File(s)              0 bytes
                  11 Dir(s)  176,997,498,880 bytes free
    
     Directory of C:\notepad++\plugins\LocationNavigate
    
    08/13/2019  10:14 AM    <DIR>          .
    08/13/2019  10:14 AM    <DIR>          ..
    08/13/2019  10:14 AM           110,592 LocationNavigate.dll
                   1 File(s)        110,592 bytes
                   2 Dir(s)  177,002,864,640 bytes free
    

    If I missed anything, please feel free to ask again.

    Thanks again for your support.



  • @Rahul-Jha

    I guess you downloaded the ZIP file of the plugin and unpacked it with Windows Explorer ZIP folder feature.

    Because the ZIP file has been downloaded from the internet it is flagged as unsecure. You can verify that by reviewing the file’s properties in Windows Explorer.

    If you unpack the file with Windows Explorer’s ZIP folder feature, all files of its content with executable code (*.exe, *.dll) will inherit the “unsecure” flag.

    To overcome this, navigate to your folder C:\Notepad++\plugins\LocationNavigate and open the properties dialog of your LocationNavigate.dll file. If you see a text block like in the image above click the Unblock button and close the dialog by clicking the OK button. Now you should be able to use the plugin.



  • Thanks @dinkumoil. I checked the properties of the .dll and it was in fact blocked. I unblocked it as you suggested but it still didn’t work.

    Any other ideas ?



  • @Rahul-Jha

    You restarted Notepad++ after unblocking the file?



  • @Alan-Kilborn said:

    Peter, in general you are an amazement, to go to such support lengths…

    says the author of this :-)

    back on topic:
    @Rahul-Jha said,

    I checked the properties of the .dll and it was in fact blocked. I unblocked it as you suggested but it still didn’t work.

    It may be that more of the files and/or folders of your Notepad++ install have that same issue. You could manually check, especially the LocationNavigate and plugins folders. @dinkumoil, is there a way to recusively unblock it for everything in c:\notepad++ ?

    Actually, a quick google led me to https://www.404techsupport.com/2016/06/24/unblock-files-powershell/, which says that if you launch powershell, you should be able to do this using

    dir -Path c:\notepad++\ -Recurse | Unblock-File
    

    Apparently, that should unblock everything in the c:\notepad++ hierarchy.



  • @PeterJones said:

    @dinkumoil, is there a way to recusively unblock it for everything in c:\notepad++ ?

    Yes it is. Though you already provided a PowerShell solution I’ll add a solution with an external tool, for those who can not use PowerShell for some reason.

    Since the blocking for a certain file is realised by creating an NTFS Alternate Data Stream (ADS) for that file, the blocking can be removed by deleting that ADS. This is possible with the SysInternals tool streams.exe which can be downloaded >>> here <<<. It supports removing the ADS from a whole directory structure recursively.



  • @dinkumoil

    :-D hahaha or by using npp :-D (well if it wasn’t a binary file)



  • @dinkumoil said:

    @Rahul-Jha

    You restarted Notepad++ after unblocking the file?

    Yes. I did but no luck.

    @Peter Jones. I am unable to use the unblock command or other utilities due to workplace security. However, I manually went in and unblocked all files whether or not they were related to LocationNavigate. Issue still persists.

    FYI, I am calling it a day now and if any more suggestions, I will try them in the morning.

    Thanks everyone for your prompt and excellent support.



  • @Rahul-Jha said:

    I am unable to use … due to workplace security.

    Wow. I don’t think I’ve seen an IT group that fully prevents you from running specific builtin powershell commands, like Unblock-File (though I have seen ones – like mine – that block powershell script files). Then again, I’m not an IT guy or a powershell expert. I mean, I understand not being able to use SysInternals streams.exe, or them not wanting you to install Notepad++ yourself, but powershell builtins…

    I am curious how you were able to unzip and use your own portable app at all, if they’ve got you that locked down.

    However, I manually went in and unblocked all files whether or not they were related to LocationNavigate. Issue still persists.

    I still think it’s probably a permissions issue, especially given what you’ve said about your workplace security.

    Honestly, if they are that concerned about security – and that good at blocking things – I’m surprised you were able to get the portable Notepad++ to work, and I would be surprised if you’re able to use your portable Notepad++ indefinitely. Instead of trying to circumvent / fight them, maybe try to get IT to do a full installation of Notepad++ and all the plugins you need. (Please note that trying to circumvent IT’s restrictions on what you can and cannot run is often technically grounds for termination at many places of employment.)



  • @PeterJones said:

    @Rahul-Jha said:

    I am unable to use … due to workplace security.

    Wow. I don’t think I’ve seen an IT group that fully prevents you from running specific builtin powershell commands, like Unblock-File (though I have seen ones – like mine – that block powershell script files). Then again, I’m not an IT guy or a powershell expert. I mean, I understand not being able to use SysInternals streams.exe, or them not wanting you to install Notepad++ yourself, but powershell builtins…

    This is what I get when I issue the command:

    C:\>dir -path c:\notepad++ -Recurse | Unblock-File
    'Unblock-File' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
    

    Honestly, if they are that concerned about security – and that good at blocking things – I’m surprised you were able to get the portable Notepad++ to work, and I would be surprised if you’re able to use your portable Notepad++ indefinitely. Instead of trying to circumvent / fight them, maybe try to get IT to do a full installation of Notepad++ and all the plugins you need.

    Unzipping and running the program was not an issue. Mainly because Notepad++ is available as an App on Microsoft Store and it is probably an approved application.

    It is no point approaching them to do full installation since that will be an exception which will never be approved by my manager.

    (Please note that trying to circumvent IT’s restrictions on what you can and cannot run is often technically grounds for termination at many places of employment.)

    Totally agree.



  • @Rahul-Jha said:

    This is what I get when I issue the command:

    You’re not using powershell; that error message is a cmd.exe error.
    In powershell, if it doesn’t recognize the name (for example, if I have a typo), it will show:

    PS C:\> dir -Path \usr\local\apps\notepad++ -Recurse | Unblock-Filex
    Unblock-Filex : The term 'Unblock-Filex' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable
    program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:48
    + dir -Path \usr\local\apps\notepad++ -Recurse | Unblock-Filex
    +                                                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    

    The error you showed is what cmd.exe shows when you give it an unrecognized command.

    To run powershell, from a Windows Explorer window, you should be able to Shift+RightClick in the directory, and choose “Open PowerShell Window Here”

    Mainly because Notepad++ is available as an App on Microsoft Store and it is probably an approved application.

    Well, there’s one potential problem. The last time I heard, the copy of “Notepad++” available on the Microsoft App Store was not an official bundle; someone unrelated to the project took it upon themselves to release a fork under the same name; one of the other regulars can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Don and the team ever got around to officially releasing Notepad++ in the App Store (though I know in the 7.6.x era, they were working toward making that work; I just don’t remember that it was ever officially released there).



  • @PeterJones said:

    To run powershell, from a Windows Explorer window, you should be able to Shift+RightClick in the directory, and choose “Open PowerShell Window Here”

    On my Windows Explorer, Shift+RightClick does not bring “Open Powershell Window Here”.

    Well, there’s one potential problem. The last time I heard, the copy of “Notepad++” available on the Microsoft App Store was not an official bundle; someone unrelated to the project took it upon themselves to release a fork under the same name; one of the other regulars can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Don and the team ever got around to officially releasing Notepad++ in the App Store (though I know in the 7.6.x era, they were working toward making that work; I just don’t remember that it was ever officially released there).

    It still says (unofficial) Notepad++. This is from Microsoft App Store:

    (unofficial) NotePad++
    
    !!! We are working to update this to NP++ 7.6 as fast as possible. However there have been significant changes in the way plugins are handled with 7.6 - and we really want to bring the Plugin Admin experience to you. Please bare with us as we work through the technical challenges while maintaining store compliance !!! 
    
    This is an (unofficial) Open Source fork of the original Open Source Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org/) to get notepad++ in the store. All functionality remains the same however there are some features that dont work due to store policy, or are limited (like some file associations, and the run options). This is a published centennial application. All Credit to the original Notepad++ team, all the heavy lifting of creating an awesome app was done by them. 
    
    This is currently Notepad++ version 7.5.9 (updated in this update) Code and changes required for publishing is located here: https://github.com/NightRi-se/notepad-plus-plus
    
    Known issues: 
    1. Default Plugins can not be removed or updated 
    2. Custom plugins CAN NOT be loaded AT ALL on Windows 10 S (on other versions of windows, it is possible to load them from %appdata% - but ensure your plugin version matches your build version [x86/x64]). 
    
    We are working on including a selection of plugins by default for future versions. Current we have included MarkdownViewer++ and Compare plugins by default.
    
     Notepad++ is a free (free as in both "free speech" and "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several programming languages and natural languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
    
     !!! We are working to update this to NP++ 7.6 as fast as possible. However there have been significant changes in the way plugins are handled with 7.6 - and we really want to bring the Plugin Admin 
    
    


  • @Rahul-Jha said:

    On my Windows Explorer, Shift+RightClick does not bring “Open Powershell Window Here”.

    Yeah, sometimes it doesn’t. You can also Win+R (hold down the WINDOWS key and type R): powershell, then cd into the right directory. Or click the Windows start menu icon, then start typing powershell, and select “Windows Powershell”, then cd into the right directory. Or start your cmd.exe prompt, and type powershell to switch to powershell. But for future reference, if someone instructs you to use a “powershell command” to do something, it will likely not work if you try to run it in cmd.exe instead: they are not the same environment, and use different syntax and have different builtin or default commands available.


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