Two suggestions

  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Two suggestions:

    other stuff I’ve forgotten

    • updating the MESSAGE and NOTIFICATION documentation


  • @Ekopalypse

    Yea! What Peter said too!

    But, seriously, if you could make a changed-lines thingy, and have time to, THAT would be an extremely cool and useful thing. And I’ve got to believe others would fall in love with it too.

  • Don’t you have enough on your plate right now; thinking of:

    :-D you are right and I should stop doing such thing :-)
    but this one is interesting

    themes stuff
    column mode prefix / suffix
    other stuff I’ve forgotten… perhaps something regarding bookmarks… memory fails me
    You’re right, and I should stop doing that :-), but this is interesting.

    PySnack dies before it’s born. PythonScript
    with Python3 has its first alpha release and it looks very promising.

    Bookmarks … hmm … what did I forget … wait … aren’t we
    waiting for someone else? :-D

    Themes - yes - I am not finished with the theory yet. :-(

    MESSAGE and NOTIFICATION documentation - will certainly be finished this week, and if it means I have to do it on Father’s Day, I will do it.

  • @Ekopalypse said in Two suggestions:

    Bookmarks … hmm … what did I forget … wait … aren’t we
    waiting for someone else? :-D

    I thought I only promised something for THIS and I am still working on it.

  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Two suggestions:


    No, waiting for the OP. :-)

  • @Alan-Kilborn

    It is not a hard algorithm…until you consider undo/redo; then it all goes out the window.

    I too once tried to create a plugin to do this. It was several years ago and gave up because of this exact reason.

  • C’mon @dail , I haven’t even started and you’re already taking the wind out of my sails. :-D
    I thought memento pattern + deque list = solution.
    Phew - I guess I’m screwed now. ;-)

  • @Ekopalypse My naive approach was keep a counter per line. Increment when a change is made or a redo. Decrement when undo.

    This partially worked but once you start having to keep track of deleted lines, what to do when lines get merged, split, etc.

    My next attempt was to use the git diff core code to compute diffs in near real time but I didnt ever finish it.

  • Hmm … I see, what started to be a nice project while waiting on firmware compilation/update is becoming a “don’t walk alone in the dark and do not go into that lonely woodden cabin”

    Yes, I have also thought about Python’s difflib and using it together with the stored history of the document to avoid comparing large documents.
    Hmm… I will try and probably report in two days that I failed miserably. :-)

  • Any chance to have a look at LocationNavigate source and see how it handles it (undo/redo)?

  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Two suggestions:


    :-D - I’m currently doing this but there are a lot of ???
    Author seems to use a different encoding.

  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Two suggestions:

    Any chance to have a look at LocationNavigate source and see how it handles it (undo/redo)?

    What’s wrong with just using Location Navigate? I didn’t see that was a problem above (except lack of 64-bit version). I this just an attempt to implement with a script, or legitimately fix a problem with Location Navigate implementation?

    Just curious before I potentially throw my hat in the ring …


  • @Michael-Vincent

    What’s wrong with just using Location Navigate?

    Nothing, except:

    • It’s overkill for just the changed-lines functionality (I’ve never found any use for the other things – really the advertised main things – that LocationNavigate does)

    • It might be easier (says the guy that isn’t doing it) to recreate it than to understand the mass of what is there

    • It feels maybe wrong to “take over” someone else’s work (this is a very minor reason)

    Your hat is definitely welcome in the ring!

  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Two suggestions:

    It’s overkill for just the changed-lines functionality

    Agreed. And it’s not 64-bit. And even on 32-bit, it always made N++ crash on exit. So I “extracted” the line marker only parts and made it 64/32-bit in a more simple change lines marker plugin.

    @Alan-Kilborn said in Two suggestions:

    Your hat is definitely welcome in the ring!

    See Changed Lines. Again, it’s pretty much lifted right out of Location Navigate code so I do undo / redo they was Location Navigate does it. It’s not perfect, but works fine for me. One of the many reasons I’m reluctant to “announce” / “release” “my” plugins to the wild - they’re not my original work, they’re just tweaks to others’ and I don’t have the skill to support / fix bugs beyond really simple stuff.


  • Well, that means @Michael-Vincentsaved me the embarrassment then, fine, thank you. :-)

  • Thanks to all for a lively discussion. I’ll have a look at @Michael-Vincent’s plugin. LocationNavigate seems to do the job, after a quick test, but a plugin for both 32/64 is of course better.

    I’ve also discovered another contender, called cudatext. Looks also pretty good, this one, and has the added advantage to work natively with Linux (haven’t tested yet, just from the website blurb). What are the experiences with that one (if I can ask that in an NPP forum :-) )?

  • @favdish said in Two suggestions:

    What are the experiences with that one (if I can ask that in an NPP forum :-)

    There are tons of editors out there.
    VSCode, sublime, atom, geany, notepad2, pspad, eclipse… just to name a few
    and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but in the end it all comes down to one simple question?
    Does it offer what YOU need, functionally and design-wise?

  • Hi, @michael-Vincent and All,

    I’ve just downloaded and tried your 32-bits plugin, on my Win XP SP3 with N++ v7.8.5 portable configuration. Wooow, amazing ;-))

    I do like :

    • The possibility of changing the Margin width and the highlight option, too ( I personally adopted highlight for change marker and default for save marker ! )

    • The two shortcuts Ctrl + ALt + Y and Ctrl + ALt + Z which allow to navigate :

      • from the beginning of each changed zone, in forward direction

      • from the end of each changed zone, in backward direction

    • The Changed Lines panel with the ability to double-click on any changed line to immediately move to the exact location in current file, in the same way it is, in the N++ Find result panel !

    Many thanks, Michael, for pointing us to this excellent plugin of yours ;-))

    Best regards,


  • @Michael-Vincent

    Thank you for your efforts.
    I’m currently checking it out as well.
    Question: What does the checkbox for Use N++ Colors do? I experimented with it but didn’t see any effect either way?

  • @Alan-Kilborn

    It should change the background color of the listview in the docking panel to the background color of your N++ theme. If you’re using the default theme (white background) you’ll see no effect. If you’re using something like Obsidian it’ll look like:





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