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MrPlow is a fast and simple inventory sorter. Designed generally for Onebag style setups where it treats all bags as a single one, it will sort all the items in your inventory, bank or guild bank into item groups and types.

Could those who are having looping issues with the inventory sorting, and are willing to do a bit of debugging to help find the cause, post a ticket here with all the items that are being swapped around with? It's important to list all the items in that group, because the sorting algorithm has a few levels, and the reason it's looping is that the items are matching to the same comparison at different levels, so there ends up being conflicts in the order, depending on which gets compared first. I'll take those items, and give you a line to insert into the code so it'll output exactly how each of the items are being compared/sorted to one another, and from there we can debug where it's making the mistake.

To post a support ticket, please click here

So... uh. Yeah.

A year after the latest release, MrPlow is back. I went through the effort to kinda pimp him up a bit. He will work a lot faster (and without AceTimer/Event). I'd like some feedback on how it deals with special bags, currently it won't group them up well if you have multiple of the same bag, but it will sort within those bags (and consolidate to them all). Also, any suggestions as to the UI would be appreciated.

The commands are as follows:

/mrplow [[g]bank] [stack|defrag|sort|consolidate|theworks]

  • stack - Restack all items to fit in the smallest number of slots
  • defrag - Move items to leave all available space at one end of the bags
  • sort - Sort all inventory items in place
  • consolidate - Move items from the normal bags to special bags if they fit
  • theworks - Runs Stack->Consolidate->Defrag->Sort->Stack

this comes out to:

Normal bags

  • /mrplow stack
  • /mrplow defrag
  • /mrplow sort
  • /mrplow consolidate
  • /mrplow theworks

Your bank:

  • /mrplow bank stack
  • /mrplow bank defrag
  • /mrplow bank sort
  • /mrplow bank consolidate
  • /mrplow bank theworks

Guild bank (No special bags to consolidate with):

  • /mrplow gbank stack
  • /mrplow gbank defrag
  • /mrplow gbank sort
  • /mrplow gbank theworks

And, if anything goes wrong, and MrPlow appears to be swapping items forever:

  • /mrplow stop

will apply the emergency brakes.

(/mp is also a shortcut)

10.2.10 Darkmoon decks are now sorted within each other

10.2.9 - Adjusted guildbank sorting to not fail so much at the end. Changed special bag detection and consolidation forthwith.

10.2.6 - Added a fix for the Spring Flowers (which don't actually have an official equipslot location... damn them..) and one for those who were getting the null reference.

10.2.5 - Er, this bugfix fixes the sorting issue between chests and robes. Also included are some debug switches to make it a little easier to submit a ticket. Check out the bug ticket if you're having issues and follow the prompts there.

10.2.4 - This bugfix fixes the sorting issue between chests and robes. Temporarily, if you want, use /script MrPlow:Ignore(bag, slot) to ignore a specific slot. I'll have it shoved into a config ui soon. Personal bags are 0,1,2,3,4 from the backpack, bank is -1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. Remove the reference to the slot if you want to ignore a bag (MrPlow:Ignore(bag)). Guildbank stuff is a little more involved for setting the ignore settings. I'll have this all in a ui at some point soon.

10.2.3 - This version fixes the issue in regards to equipment not sorting correctly, along with tradeskill items. This will also fix some of the infinite sort loops that occur in regards to Simple Grinding Stones and others.

10.2.2 - This is a embeds fix for people who want a clean install to actually work. Apologies for the messup on that.

10.2.1 - If you want reversed functionality, hit
/script MrPlow.db.profile.EmptySpace = "Top"
for the moment, until I can get a UI config going. This will set a toggle to affect the normal direction of flow of the addon. Set
/script MrPlow.db.profile.EmptySpace = ""
to undo it.

10.1 has guildbank functionality, please be aware however, that this is not perfect (and I very much doubt it will ever be). The problem with guild banking, is that due to it's shared functionality with other players, the response time for any action is far longer than your personal inventory/bank.

Thus, applying the normal speeds to the operation results in a hozillion spammed attempts at moving items. It all sounds very pretty, but is less than effective, as it attempts to move stuff, checks the order, tries to move it again, checks the order, etc etc repeat til you hear a ringing sound in your ears.

I've put in a throttle to slow down the cycles and the gbank will move a whole lot closer to what the original MrPlow sorting speeds were, and also, due to lag and response times from the server reporting where items in the guild bank are, MrPlow -may- get utterly confused near the end and endlessly cycle some items around in a loop. As a patch for this eventuality, there's now a /mp stop command to cease his endless plowing if you notice a loop occurring. Generally, given enough time, it'll sort itself out, but I'm sure you all have better things to do, when it's down to two or three last items =)

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  • Avatar of Augestflex Augestflex Jan 19, 2013 at 02:09 UTC - 0 likes

    Been using it for years and still love it!

    Any chance to add back in functionality to ignore specific items?

    Also, configuration to be able to hide minimap button, etc.

    Keep up the awesome work. Use MrPlow obsessively!

  • Avatar of schoktra schoktra Jul 27, 2012 at 11:58 UTC - 0 likes

    Mostly love this tool, but one thing I'd really really love to see is a /mrplow or /mp help command. I can never remember some of the tools so i usually end up using theworks all the time when i may only need a sort. so yeah /mp help to print what is listed above would be FANTASTIC.

  • Avatar of wobin wobin Nov 07, 2011 at 06:26 UTC - 0 likes

    @carmanjn: Go

    Not without editing code at the moment, but if you want to, you can edit MrPlow.lua in the DoStuff function and remove the appropriate bag number from the callouts. 0 is the backpack, and then 1 through 4 for the other bags.

  • Avatar of carmanjn carmanjn Nov 07, 2011 at 04:37 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi, I just saw Mr Plow on a friends comp and really liked the idea so I've installed it on mine. Its a pretty neat app, my only question is if there's any way to omit a certain bag from his sorting? For instance, in my first bag i keep things I always carry, like my pick and fishing pole, pots, bandages, that sort of thing. I'd like for him to not keep mixing that stuff back in with everything every time I put him to work. For now I'll just use the /mrplow stack command, but do you think something like that could be integrated into the next version?


  • Avatar of LaoTseu LaoTseu Oct 23, 2010 at 18:44 UTC - 0 likes

    The addon is still working great with 4.0.1. The only glitch are bags that used to be but are no longer specialty bags. Example, the Soul Shard bags. These were converted in regular bags but are still seen by MrPlow as specialty bags.

  • Avatar of Excelis Excelis Oct 23, 2010 at 04:13 UTC - 0 likes

    Well, I'm sure embarrassed. I never noticed the gbank sorting options until you pointed them out to me. Thanks.

  • Avatar of wobin wobin Oct 22, 2010 at 10:18 UTC - 0 likes

    I haven't had the time to actively develop on it recently, but the guild bank sorting does work with the latest beta

  • Avatar of Excelis Excelis Oct 22, 2010 at 03:05 UTC - 0 likes

    Is MrPlow still being developed? I'm a long time user and fan and I know it works in 4.01 because I've used it but I'm looking for guild bank sorting. And IIRC there was the promise of interface improvements that haven't materialized.

  • Avatar of Ghostblades Ghostblades Jan 10, 2010 at 23:29 UTC - 0 likes


    For some reason, whenever I try to use the /mrplow commands, nothing happens and absolutely nothing is output to the chat's as if I never entered a chat command at all. If I click on the mr.plow icon, it will sort my bags but thats all that I can get it to do. I can't execute any commands at all though.

    Any ideas? Thanks for your work!

    Last edited Jan 10, 2010 by Ghostblades
  • Avatar of wobin wobin Dec 29, 2009 at 22:48 UTC - 0 likes

    hm, yes. I'll adjust for that.

    Although I'd not say there's no benefit to that! There's always the opportunity for amusing misequips at inopportune moments!

    Last edited Dec 29, 2009 by wobin


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