New feature request: Monitoring (tail -f) position after refresh
As a user, I would like to have the Monitor (tail -f) feature enhanced to preserve my position within the file across a tail update. Ideally, if I I am at the end of the file, my view should progress in semi-real time as it does today. However, if I moved up from the live end, I should remain on that line even as the file grows below. Likewise, if I scrolled out to some column, I should remain at that column across updates, no matter if I am at the live last line or elsewhere. This way I can both investigate past entries in the growing log as well as examine contents that would otherwise be off the right side of the window.
When using Notepad++ with the Monitor (tail -f) feature to view active log output, I frequently find myself (briefly, or not) looking elsewhere (that is, other than the end) within the log. This typically includes having scrolled out past the time stamps and other line prefixes. Unfortunately, when the tail update occurs, I lose my place in the file - both vertically and horizontally - and am instantly, ant repeatedly, repositioned to column 1 of the new end of the file. Even if I DO want to be at the live end of the file, I still want to stay at the column I scrolled out to. It is impractical to toggle the tail setting off and on, just to check on something that just went by, especially since there is no hotkey for doing so.
It is impractical to toggle the tail setting off and on, …especially since there is no hotkey for doing so.
Assign whatever unused key you want in Settings (menu) > Shortcut Mapper… :
For the rest, you can make a feature request, see HERE for some guidance on doing so.