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Date: 01-15-2012 06:41 PM
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Version: 1.0.3.0
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LOTRO Plugin Compendium (LPC) is a utility application to assist in installing and updating lotro LUA plugins. It attempts to take some of the leg work away from user having to manually download, create folders, and unzip download.

Disclaimer
This application is an attempt to automate a manual process and help make things easier for LOTRO users. That said, if it does not work right, please report it below. I take no responsibility of it does not work on your PC or messes things up. I would, however, like to know about any problems you encounter so future versions can be fixed.

Known Issues
  • If a plugin is just released on lotrointerface, there is a window of time that it needs to be reviewed by lotrointerface staff for approval. If you attempt to install the plugin while its waiting for approval, it will download a corrupt zip file. Since LPC attempts to reuse cached zip files to minimize bandwidth usage, this leads to a problem that isn't self corrected. You will need to manually delete the corrupt zip file. In LPC on the configuration panel is a Plugin Cache textbox. This is the path the zip files get downloaded to. Copy and paste that location into windows file explorer. Then find the zip file and delete. So sorry for this bug. I know it is confusing, and I will see what I can do to get this fixed.

Features

1.0.3.0
  • First attempt at a remove feature for plugins
  • Plugin detection first tries to match by plugin id, then name
  • Detection for badly maintained plugincompendium files. Made it self correcting
  • Added a configurable installation path
  • Fixed a bug with the cache path getting corrupt when modifying "check for update" setting
  • Fixed bug where plugin libraries weren't detected to have been installed
  • Fixed bug where filehandle was left open during install. Prevented overriting some files

1.0.2.0
  • Added plugin category and last update date in plugin grid
  • Added ability to filter plugins by name
  • Added visual indication and filter for plugins that are already installed
  • Added ability to change caching location for downloaded plugins
  • Added ability to replace data feed with your own
  • Added ability for applications to check for updates to itself and ability to configure on/off
  • Added a help menu
  • Splash screen added to startup while data feeds are being loaded
  • Installer will now remove old install automatically for newer version.

1.0.1.0
  • Attempted fix for the 64 bit issue that was reported (verified that it worked! )

1.0.0.0
  • Creates LOTRO plugin folder if it doesn't already exist
  • Scan for existing plugins and tries to match them up with entries at LOTRO interface
  • Update existing plugins
  • Allows you to click through over 100 plugins from LOTRO Interface and read brief descriptions of each
  • Link to each plugins lotro interface page
  • Automatic download and install of plugins
  • Basic framework for plugin dependency management

Requirements
(work in progress)
  • .NET Framework Version 3.5
  • Windows XP,
  • Win 7 (32/64)
  • Vista (need confirmation)
  • Linux & Mac version (please go here)


FAQ

(work in progress)
Why does the installed plugin list shows many greyed out plugins?
This could mean
  • The plugin name found in this plugin's ".plugin" file does not match the name at lotro interface
  • One of the plugins you had previously installed had multiple ".plugin" files that are unknown to LPC. To fix this, reinstall the plugin from the "Add New Plugins" tab.
  • Author of the plugin may have information in their ".plugincompendium" file that does not match up with what lotrointerface.com has for their plugin.

Why doesn't it know about (fill in blank) plugin?
  • Plugins that appear in LPC must be approved. Post below if you would like one included.
  • Not every existing plugin followed the same convention of submitting their plugin to LOTRO Interface. I may have left them off the list on purpose so it doesn't break things. Please encourage the Authors of your favourite plugins to update their plugin so it is supported.

Can I remove plugins with LPC?
Not at this time. Because of the way the plugin folder structure is laid out, multiple plugins might be installed in a common folder, and refer to eachothers files. This introduced headaches that i could not initially design around. I choose to leave this alone, and currently the app will just "Overwrite" existing plugin structure vs a true replace.
Can LPC support plugins with a list of dependencies?
Yes.. all plugin authors who wish to do so must read below section for "Plugin Compendium Configuration Files".
What do I do when I get an "Access Denied" error when installing a plugin?
First try shutting down LPC and any other plugin management application (like Minion). Start just LPC and try again. If this doesn't work, try rebooting your PC and trying again. If this still does not work, please post below
Plugin Compendium Configuration Files
(work in progress)
When LPC installs new plugins, it will look for a file with a .plugincompendium file extension in the download it uncompresses. This file helps it know a few specifics regarding an install.
  • What the id, name, and version of the plugin as it is states on lotro interface for the install.
  • Many authors have started including more than one ".plugin" file in a download. This links all these descriptors to one LPC install
  • Dependency management.

Because no plugin with the release of LPC will have these, it will try to reconstruct this information and place a .plugincompendium file in you plugin's folder (if you install via LPC). As of the first release it will know some basic dependency information for a few of the plugins on LOTRO Interface to fasilitate the adaptation of these files (or note :P).

Here is an example of one fully filled out.

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<PluginConfig xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
  <Id>366</Id>
  <Name>Bevy o Bars</Name>
  <Version>2.321</Version>
  <Author>MrJackdaw</Author>
  <InfoUrl>http://www.lotrointerface.com/downloads/info366</InfoUrl>
  <DownloadUrl>http://www.lotrointerface.com/downloads/download366</DownloadUrl>
  <Descriptors>
    <descriptor>JackdawPlugins\BevyOBars2.plugin</descriptor>
    <descriptor>JackdawPlugins\BevyOBars2AutoLoader.plugin</descriptor>
  </Descriptors>
  <Dependencies>
    <dependency>0</dependency>
    <dependency>367</dependency>
    <dependency>575</dependency>
  </Dependencies>
</PluginConfig>
Authors can download over 80 samples for various existing plugins that I autogenerated here and include in future versions of their plugins.

Important Note to Authors:
  • that values and tags are case sensative
  • the name field must match what lotrointerface has as title of your addon. Otherwise you risk 2 plugins appearing in UI.
  • make sure to increment version #. If you do not the row will keep showing that they need to update your addon, when they already have latest.
  • the information in these needs to be kept up to date when new releases are done for it to work correctly. I have analysed the plugins and noticed many authors do not keep the ".plugin" files in sync wish each release. The name of plugin, version, and even authors have been all over the place. This configuration file is yet another way I know thinks can get out of sync.

Dependencies
The dependencies are a numberic id that you can get from a plugins url on lotro interface.. I.e. Alt Tracker --> http://www.lotrointerface.com/downloads/info572 has one of 572. The one plugin that is not on lotro interface is the "Turbine UI Files". If your addon requires this please include 0 (zero) for your dependency id.
Plugins Not Yet Supported
Please post below if you want me to retry or include one.
  • Crafters - zip file folder structure isn't in correct format
  • DPSMeter - zip file folder structure isn't in correct format
  • DamageRead - zip file folder structure isn't in correct format
  • MouseCirclev - zip file folder structure isn't in correct format
  • fervMonitor - zip file folder structure isn't in correct format
  • PartyFrame - zip file folder structure isn't in correct format
  • Ability Timer - requires dependency and does not have a .plugincompendium file
  • Aura - includes other addons in zip with theirs.. this will overrite potential new versions of those addons. Use a plugincompendium file to reference 2 dependencies.

Plugins That ARE Supported
Plugins that are supported are "Favorited" by the plugincompendium user of LOTRO Interface. You can view those by looking at the rss feed.

http://www.lotrointerface.com/rss.php?f=myfav&uid=5009
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:00 AM  
lunarwtr
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Coulf you please add extended panels ?

http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...cedpanels.html

Thank you
Skins are not supported by Plugin Compendium at this time.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:11 AM  
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Coulf you please add extended panels ?

http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...cedpanels.html

Thank you
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:56 PM  
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Just found the cause of .NET Framework 3.5 not installing, apparently it's installed in the Windows 7 OS by default so it won't let me install/re-install with the regular setup... Out of ideas now. Will give the Java edition a try I guess.
For Windows 7 I think you have to choose "Turn Windows features on or off" under Programs and Features. Restart, then turn it back on. Hope that helps.

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I installed it a few weeks ago and now I can't find it. It appears on the Add/Remove Programs list, but a Windows search for "LPC" and "lotro plugin compendium" turns up nothing. Manually going through my Program files folders yields nothing, either.

Where the heck is this program???
Its called "LOTRO Plugin Compendium" under Programs and Features. Publisher "Lunarwater".
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:20 PM  
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Where the heck is this program installed?

I installed it a few weeks ago and now I can't find it. It appears on the Add/Remove Programs list, but a Windows search for "LPC" and "lotro plugin compendium" turns up nothing. Manually going through my Program files folders yields nothing, either.

Where the heck is this program???

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Old 01-01-2014, 12:27 PM  
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Just found the cause of .NET Framework 3.5 not installing, apparently it's installed in the Windows 7 OS by default so it won't let me install/re-install with the regular setup... Out of ideas now. Will give the Java edition a try I guess.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:27 AM  
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I'm sorry it is not working correctly. The only thing I can think of is that LPC uses microsoft .net framework. It could be that while many of the files exists, something is not quite right with .net installation. You might see if the .net framework needs reinstalled or repaired. I know microsoft has a .net repair tool that can check to make sure everything is ok. This blog on msdn referenced several good links on microsofts site (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/arc...3/8999004.aspx). Perhaps one of them can help. Good luck.

While it is not ideal, you could also try temporarily using the LPC that was written in java. It will work for windows, but doesn't have the nice installation support & windows shortcuts that get installed with normal windows based one. http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...mMacLinux.html
Thanks for the quick reply!

I ran the repair tool and re-installed my .NET Framework 1.1 & 4.5 that were installed on my machine, without results. Just noticed the LPC requires the 3.5 version (which should be covered by 4.5, but you never know), so I'm looking at that now (but the installation setup won't do anything... *sigh*)

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I encounter a strange problem ever since my desktop got nearly completely wiped by some virus... When I try to launch LPC, it immediately crashes (I don't even see it open, it just shows the classic window you always see when a program stops working properly on Windows). Re-installing it doesn't work, neither does running it as Administrator. Any suggestions?
I'm sorry it is not working correctly. The only thing I can think of is that LPC uses microsoft .net framework. It could be that while many of the files exists, something is not quite right with .net installation. You might see if the .net framework needs reinstalled or repaired. I know microsoft has a .net repair tool that can check to make sure everything is ok. This blog on msdn referenced several good links on microsofts site (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/arc...3/8999004.aspx). Perhaps one of them can help. Good luck.

While it is not ideal, you could also try temporarily using the LPC that was written in java. It will work for windows, but doesn't have the nice installation support & windows shortcuts that get installed with normal windows based one. http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...mMacLinux.html
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:28 AM  
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I encounter a strange problem ever since my desktop got nearly completely wiped by some virus... When I try to launch LPC, it immediately crashes (I don't even see it open, it just shows the classic window you always see when a program stops working properly on Windows). Re-installing it doesn't work, neither does running it as Administrator. Any suggestions?

My specs in case you need those:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 (quad core)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6800 series
RAM: 4GB
Software is up to date

Thanks in advance

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Re: Cannot even install on Windows 8 64 bit

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Get the following:

Unexpected error with the package, error code 2503
I believe this happens when your user account does not have access to write files to the windows installation folder. Try running the installer as administrator and seeing if that solve the problem for you.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:45 PM  
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Cannot even install on Windows 8 64 bit

Get the following:

Unexpected error with the package, error code 2503
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:27 AM  
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I have an issue where LPC tries to update WardenEase2 v 2.31 to version 0.5; basically it mixes up WardenEase2 and the earlier WardenEase - I already deleted the ZIP files from my temp folder, but it still has this issue. The plugincompendium file for WardenEase2 seems correct, all links in it point to the WardenEase2 page and ID on lotrointerface. I would appreciate a fix, if you need any additional info I'll be glad to help.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:22 AM  
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Lunarwater,

Would you consider making the Installed Plugins tab similar to the Add New Plugins tab? Including the divider, plugin info and website link will allow users to re-locate the webpage if they need to review any updates, plugin commands, make feature requests, or read comments.

Thanks for considering the idea.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:26 PM  
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Warband Reference

I've added another plugin; please add it to your list:
http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...Reference.html
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Compendium Update

Hi!

Can we get a compendium update for the latest raid/instance cluster items/gear/etc...?

Love your work!
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