Save found files?



  • I probably also should add that the files copied by the script are going to be the disk copies of the files. Notepad++ does an in-memory search rather than a disk search when it produces its hit list. So if any of the hit files are dirty/modified/red-iconned when the search is conducted, the file contents that actually get copied are going to be different than the modified contents.

    TL;DR: Save all Notepad++ files (so that none have red icons) before running the script – or when doing Eko’s originally suggested solution!



  • Hi, @ekopalypse, @alan-kilborn and All,

    I did a quick test and I confirm that the Alan’s behavior seems to be the default one !

    My configuration :

    Notepad++ v7.8.1   (32-bit)
    Build time : Oct 27 2019 - 22:46:07
    Path : D:\@@\781\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : ON
    OS Name : Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit) 
    OS Build : 2600.0
    Plugins : DSpellCheck.dll ExtSettings.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExport.dll 
    

    • A Ctrl + A action ( or right-click on the Select All option ), followed with an Ctrl + C action and, finally, a Ctrl + V action, in a new tab, do copy all Find result contents. So your regex works fine, extracting the absolute pathnames of all the files involved in the search !

    • A Ctrl + A action ( or right-click on the Select All option ), followed with a right-click on the Copy option and, finally, a Ctrl + V action, in a new tab, only copy the lines, containing the matched string, from all the files scanned, in the Find result window

    May be a plugin issue ?

    Best Regards

    guy038



  • @guy038 said :

    May be a plugin issue ?

    This is a good point. @Ekopalypse can you try testing this copy/paste behavior again with a very-clean 7.8.1?



  • @guy038 said in Save found files?:

    • A Ctrl + A action ( or right-click on the Select All option ), followed with an Ctrl + C action and, finally, a Ctrl + V action, in a new tab, do copy all Find result contents. So your regex works fine, extracting the absolute pathnames of all the files involved in the search !

    • A Ctrl + A action ( or right-click on the Select All option ), followed with a right-click on the Copy option and, finally, a Ctrl + V action, in a new tab, only copy the lines, containing the matched string, from all the files scanned, in the Find result window

    I thought I would emphasize this to @Ekopalypse : the behavior is different depending on whether you use keystrokes or menu selection for the copy. I just replicated this on portable 7.8.1-64bit. If you use the Ctrl+C keystroke, it copies the filename; if you use RClick > Copy, it only copies the lines, not the filenames. (I also confirmed that you cannot use File > Copy, because that’s using the active editor window, even when Find result is the foreground pane.) I pasted not only into Notepad++, but into other apps as well, confirming that it’s actually the copy-operation that’s different depending on Ctrl+C vs RClick > Copy.

    I went back to my 7.7.1-64bit, and it behaves the same way, with Ctrl+C vs RClick > Copy having separate behavior.



  • @PeterJones said:

    (I also confirmed that you cannot use File > Copy, because that’s using the active editor window, even when Find result is the foreground pane.)

    Presume you meant:

    (I also confirmed that you cannot use Edit > Copy, because that’s using the active editor window, even when Find result is the foreground pane.)



  • I’m still a little bit confused as it seems to work most of the time like Peter described
    but sometimes it doesn’t, means I don’t get the filename lines copied into clipboard.
    Using a fresh portable 7.8.1 x64 version. Need to do further tests to see if I can find
    a reproducible way.



  • @Alan-Kilborn FANTASTIC! Thank you so much, it works perfectly. My colleague and I are delighted. :))

    Thank you other guys as well.

    Awesome forum.



  • My script code has a .getText function on the FindResultPanel object.
    With it I can, obviously, get the text of the Find-result window.
    However, I’d like to be able to get the matching text, but I don’t know how to accomplish this.
    Visually, I can see the hit results in the window as red text on a yellow background.
    Anyone know how I can pull this information?



  • @Alan-Kilborn

    Why not using the styling information to identify the matched text?



  • @Ekopalypse said in Save found files?:

    Why not using the styling information to identify the matched text?

    Well, TBH when I earlier went searching in the N++ source code for SCE_SEARCHRESULT_*, I saw no occurrences of SCE_SEARCHRESULT_WORD2SEARCH occurring at all, so I was confused as to how it worked and was thinking it might not be possible at all to get this info via PS, even with ctypes usage.

    But with some experimentation with SCI_GETSTYLEAT it seems that I can recall the info; for example, in my “hit” text I get a style result of 4, which is indeed SCE_SEARCHRESULT_WORD2SEARCH.

    Is N++ source using hardcoded magic numbers for this instead of the “tags”, or some other mechanism that is strange or at least isn’t clear to me?

    Hmm, had a thought to search the Scintilla part of N++, where I do see SCE_SEARCHRESULT_WORD2SEARCH used. That must be how it is done.



  • @Ekopalypse

    BTW, I’m still confused after looking at N++ source on how N++ identifies the hit text, so that the “search result” lexer knows where it is, so if you can shed any light on that… if you’re sufficiently interested in doing so… :-)



  • @Alan-Kilborn

    Is N++ source using hardcoded magic numbers for this instead of

    Not sure I understand the question correctly.
    Every lexer has hard coded style ids, which then get mapped
    with a color via stylers.xml. See searchResult.

    how N++ identifies the hit text

    It uses an internal struct MarkingsStruct which seems to be filled and provided
    as a property to the document. Maybe something you can use to your advantage?



  • Sorry, Forgot to include the structure reference.



  • @Alan-Kilborn

    Made me a bit of a headache because I assumed that the pointer was an integer data type
    but the npp code actually said that it was a const char pointer.
    In short, here’s a python script that can determine the positions of the matches.

    I leave the changes from py3 to py2 to you :-)

    class SearchResultMarking(ctypes.Structure):
        _fields_ = [('_start', ctypes.c_long),
                    ('_end', ctypes.c_long)]
    
    
    class SearchResultMarkings(ctypes.Structure):
        _fields_ = [('_length', ctypes.c_long),
                    ('_markings', ctypes.POINTER(SearchResultMarking))]
    
    
    # const char *addrMarkingsStruct = (styler.pprops)->Get("@MarkingsStruct");
    addrMarkingsStruct = f_editor.getProperty("@MarkingsStruct").encode()
    
    # SearchResultMarkings* pMarkings = NULL;
    pMarkings = ctypes.pointer(SearchResultMarkings())
    
    # sscanf(addrMarkingsStruct, "%p", (void**)&pMarkings);
    ctypes.cdll.msvcrt.sscanf(addrMarkingsStruct, b"%p", ctypes.byref(pMarkings))
    
    for i in range(pMarkings.contents._length):
        print(f'line {i} start:{pMarkings.contents._markings[i]._start} - end:{pMarkings.contents._markings[i]._end}')


  • @Ekopalypse said in Save found files?:

    I leave the changes from py3 to py2 to you

    Not a big burden, only the “print” line for that…

    But…What’s your magic behind f_editor? Instead of that I would have expected something like what I did in the earlier code I posted in this thread; something much messier, like:

    ctypes.WinDLL('SciLexer.dll', use_last_error=True).Scintilla_DirectFunction(self.direct_pointer, 2182, length_of_text, text_of_document)```
    
    but using a different number than `2182` and different parameters, of course...


  • @Alan-Kilborn

    Not a big burden, only the “print” line for that…

    and the encode is not needed as py2 returns bytes
    as well as the b before the “%p”.

    But…What’s your magic behind f_editor?

    Nothing, this is just my object which represents the editor in the find in files window.
    As you said, what you would have expected must be done on your side.


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