How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

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How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *MarkFilipak » 2015-04-01, 23:06 UTC

Wow. I thought I'd find the answer right way, but I've searched for an hour and have found no joy. That generally means I'm clueless.

Do I simply delete the '.wcx'?

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Post by *iana » 2015-04-02, 02:23 UTC

Do I simply delete the '.wcx'?
no, there are a few ways
#1 using tc itself
in tc goto
preferences-->plugins then chose wcx//wlx/wdx/wfx and in the new configuration window cleck remove to remove the plugin you want
#2 using notepad
open wincmd.ini (usually it's in tc's install dir) goto the plugins section, remove the line that defines the appropriate plugin
eq
to uninstall the bzip plugin remove the line

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bz2=251,%COMMANDER_PATH%\wcx\bz2\bzip2dll.wcx
ps. removing a olugin does not require removing the w?x file, if a wcx is missing you might end up with some errors, but the plugin will still show-up as registered.

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FAQs: Installing/Removing a plugin is just this:

Post by *Stefan2 » 2015-04-02, 07:04 UTC

Right iana.

Installing/Removing a plugin is just this:

A) having the Plugin files in one folder (e.g. all the *.w?x, *.exe, *.dll, *.ini, *.txt etc...)
Note: depending on the plugin, the plugin config file (*.ini) may be put elsewhere automatically (mostly in folder with wincmd.ini)

B) having an entry in the wincmd.ini file, e.g.:

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[FileSystemPlugins]
Registry=%Commander_Path%\plugins\wfx\Registry\Registry.wfx

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[ListerPlugins]
3=%Commander_Path%\plugins\wlx\Imagine\Imagine.wlx
3_detect="MULTIMEDIA"
8=%Commander_Path%\plugins\wlx\MultimediaFactory\factory.wlx
8_detect="MULTIMEDIA & (EXT="WAV" | EXT="WMA" | EXT="MP3") | FORCE | EXT="OGG""

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[ContentPlugins]
6="C:\Program Files\Total Commander 8\plugins\wdx\ShellDetails\ShellDetails.wdx"

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[PackerPlugins]
chm=479,C:\totalcmd\plugins\wcx\CHMDir\CHMDir.wcx
its=479,C:\totalcmd\plugins\wcx\CHMDir\CHMDir.wcx
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So installing a plugin is just:
1.) put the files in one folder (sub folder of the TC\Plugins folder)
2.) modify the wincmd.ini with the need entries
Note: the plugin installer does this for you automatically by double clicking the downloaded archive from within TC.
(To be portable, best be sure to use %Commander_Path% variable in wincmd.ini)


Uninstalling a plugin is just:
1.) best backup the wincmd.ini, the plugin configuration file (best the whole plugin folder) until you see everything work still fine
2.) delete the folder with the plugin from TC\Plugins folder
3.) search for and remove the entries in wincmd.ini
Note: for some plugins there are more than one line in the wincmd.ini. But all are in close neighborhood.
(or utilize Configuration > Options... > Plugins > W?X [Configure] > Remove)



http://www.ghisler.ch/wiki/index.php/Plugin



There are exceptions from that rule.
Sometimes you have to register/unregister a DLL too. (like MediaInfoActiveX.dll)
Or few plugins work together with other plugins. (rarely) So don't be surprised if you break something.
Or a plugin needs more setting (like Autorun: "Define colors by file type..." first for auto run with TC)
And there are many TC tools which are not a plugin, like 'List2Clip', 'F4Menu' or 'TCFS2'
Best consult the readme files which comes whit that plugins/tools to get more information.
And don't worry; you can't really break it totally, you always can repair it again.
But best take a copy of your wincmd.ini and the configuration files of the plugin to become uninstalled
(best the whole plugin folder too) and keep it on a save place for a while, until you see all works still fine.


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If you don't want to install "by hand", you can also install by double click:
- since years, newer plugins come with a "pluginst.inf" file in the archive.
- So download the wanted plugin,
- in TC, go to the download folder,
- double click the downloaded archive, you are asked to install.


- - -

Find Plugins

- search the Forum or/and Google
- see Total Commander Plugins homepage > https://www.ghisler.com/plugins.htm
- see storage at https://totalcmd.net/


Wiki: Plugins for Total Commander:
http://www.ghisler.ch/wiki/index.php/Plugin


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Post by *MarkFilipak » 2019-01-10, 07:38 UTC

iana wrote:
2015-04-02, 02:23 UTC
Do I simply delete the '.wcx'?
no, there are a few ways
#1 using tc itself
in tc goto
preferences-->plugins then chose wcx//wlx/wdx/wfx and in the new configuration window cleck remove to remove the plugin you want
There is no "Remove" button.
iana wrote:
2015-04-02, 02:23 UTC
#2 using notepad
open wincmd.ini (usually it's in tc's install dir) goto the plugins section, remove the line that defines the appropriate plugin
Not found. ...Oh, wait! Found! c:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\GHISLER\WINCMD.INI
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Re: How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *petermad » 2019-01-11, 04:56 UTC

2MarkFilipak
There is no "Remove" button.
You are right, there is no Remove button for wcx plugins, only for the 3 other plugin types.

Wcx plugins can only be removed by editing the wincmd.ini file manually - notice there can be more than one entry for a wcx plugin.

In stead of editing the wincmd.ini file you can set the association to <none> for the file types in TC's configuration for the wcx plugin you want to disable - but that requires that you know all the file types a certain wcx plugin is associated with.

Also notice that using the Remove button for wlx, wfx and wdx plugins only removes the entries from the wincmd.ini file. The plugin files has to be deleted manually, if you don't expect to ever use them again and/or want to regain space.
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Re: How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *deus-ex » 2019-01-20, 21:20 UTC

I'm perplexed how it took MarkFilipak almost 4 years to respond to iana's post, and he picks discussion up again like this huge time gap never happened.
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Re: How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *MarkFilipak » 2019-01-20, 22:57 UTC

deus-ex wrote:
2019-01-20, 21:20 UTC
I'm perplexed how it took MarkFilipak almost 4 years to respond to iana's post, and he picks discussion up again like this huge time gap never happened.
...Not really mysterious.

I searched the Internet for a way to remove a TC plugin, and I found this thread, and when I saw that it hadn't really been answered, I bumped it. I trust you can now see how that happens.
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Re: How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *Phred » 2019-10-20, 05:41 UTC

#1
What's perplexed me for 20 years is the need for distinctions between .wcx .wfx .wlx .wdx plug-ins, 'plug-ins', 'addons' or 'add-ons'.

From a user's point of view, the distinction seems to be unnecessary particularly since they are codes - those three-letter abbreviations aren't words; they're codes meant to signify something to cognoscenti.
Users are much more likely to recognise 'Packer', 'File system', 'Lister'(?) and 'Content'. But surely names of the plug-ins themselves are far more useful?
E.g. 'iso, ' makebat', '7zip', 'Uninstaller64', 'VirtualPanel', etc
Couldn't they all be mixed in together in alphabetical order? Or a multi-columned table sortable by headings? We see that all the time: just look at Task Manager, or a TC list panel itself. Many more...

I can't tell you how many times I've had to drop into each of the plug-in buttons searching for a plug-in, only to find it not there. Any particular classification is not readily obvious for any particular function.
I've trained myself to click, Escape, click, Escape, click, Escape... when looking for a plug-in ...and should I mention the truncated dialogue that appears, obscuring the plug-in names at the end of their paths...? TC really needs a new interface designer, I regret to have to say.

Classification differences with unnecessary distinctions.
Just another aspect of making TC obscure, arcane and user-unfriendly, likely again to deter new users from taking up and buying a licence. As well as the uninformative .w?x naming convention. Sad.

#2
At times I want to examine the contents of a plug-in's zip file, so I might decline the offer to integrate the item as a TC plug-in when pressing Enter, but following that, I might want to accept the integration - but the offer isn't repeated: I just drop into the zip as before.

How do I add a plug-in after first peering into its contents?
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Re: How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *petermad » 2019-10-20, 08:47 UTC

... but following that, I might want to accept the integration - but the offer isn't repeated: I just drop into the zip as before.
Just open and close another archive file, then TC will again offer to install, when you open the particular zip again.
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Re: How do I uninstall-remove-delete a plugin?

Post by *Phred » 2019-11-14, 04:59 UTC

petermad wrote:
2019-10-20, 08:47 UTC
... but following that, I might want to accept the integration - but the offer isn't repeated: I just drop into the zip as before.
Just open and close another archive file, then TC will again offer to install, when you open the particular zip again.
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