Windows 10 and MultiMarkdown

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10 Jun, 2016 04:33 PM

I'm newbie to MMD but not to Markdown. Installed Version 5.3.0 (using the Windows installer) on Windows 10. Created link to binary. Open command line window using the link. Tried to verify the version and received no response.
Clueless on what to do next.
 Trouble shooting written for Windows XP (dead for a long time).
Are there Windows support sites for MMD? If so, I cannot find them when I search for them.
Totally clueless on this issue.
Any help/comments appreciated.
Cross posted on the Google group (which looks like it is "dead").


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by fletcher on 10 Jun, 2016 09:38 PM

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    What exactly do you mean when you say you opened the command line window
    using the link?

    What did you see at the command line?

    What did you type to start MMD?


    PS> Google group is not dead.

  2. 2 Posted by john on 10 Jun, 2016 11:17 PM

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    When I clicked the link (for the executable) a separate window (upper left hand corner of the screen) opened.  This was similar to the small window opened with the Windows command prompt . I saw blinking cursor; otherwise blank.  I was folowing your suggestion to check the version so I typed:

    multimarkdown -v

    John Payne

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by fletcher on 11 Jun, 2016 02:30 AM

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    MMD is a command-line utility. You run it from the command line
    (shell/DOS Prompt/etc.) You don't run it from a link to the executable.
      You run it by typing the command, in this case -- `multimarkdown`.

    Probably worth some Google time to learn about shell commands.

    If you run it from a link, then MMD is already running. So you have to
    type (or paste) your text, and then send the proper signal to indicate
    that you are done -- on *nix terminals, that would be Ctrl-D. Then it
    would display the output HTML.

    But it's far more useful to run the full thing as a command, e.g.:

    multimarkdown input.txt > output.html

    for example.


  4. 4 Posted by john on 12 Jun, 2016 03:12 AM

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    Thanks.  I'll check out Google and figure this out.

    John Payne

  5. 5 Posted by Roland on 26 Aug, 2016 08:47 AM

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    Hello, I have the same problem. With command "multimarkdown -v" happens nothing in the DOS window. My system is Windows 10. What is wrong?

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by fletcher on 30 Aug, 2016 05:25 PM

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    Unfortunately, wiithout more information, I can't help.

    Is the multimarkdown binary installed somewhere in your PATH? What happens if you try multimarkdown -v from the directory where MMD is installed?


  7. 7 Posted by Roland Heidrich on 31 Aug, 2016 02:18 PM

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    I found the reason. In Windows 10 admin rights are requested. Now MMD
    works! The greatest tool since the invention of suspenders. Many thanks!

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by fletcher on 31 Aug, 2016 04:11 PM

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    Was this part of the install process? How did your provide admin
    rights, as I am sure others will have the same difficulty, and I don't
    have a copy of Windows 10 to test on.



  9. 9 Posted by john on 31 Aug, 2016 09:04 PM

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    Roland: glad you found a fix. Where/what requires administor rights. Not sure what you were doing that needed administrative rights.John|630-815-2989

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
    -------- Original message --------From: Roland Heidrich <[email blocked]> Date: 8/31/16 9:18 AM (GMT-06:00) To: [email blocked] Subject: Re: Windows 10 and MultiMarkdown [Problems #700]

  10. 10 Posted by john on 31 Aug, 2016 09:07 PM

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    I sent an email to Roland asking to explain where/when he needed administrative rights. 

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
    -------- Original message --------From: fletcher <[email blocked]> Date: 8/31/16 11:11 AM (GMT-06:00) To: [email blocked] Subject: Re: Windows 10 and MultiMarkdown [Problems #700]

  11. 11 Posted by Roland Heidrich on 01 Sep, 2016 06:49 PM

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    1st attempt:
    - MMD standard installation on Windows 10 home PC, C:\Program
    Files\MultiMarkdown 5.4.0
    - MMD commands -v, -h do not work

    2nd attempt:
    - MMD standard installation on same PC,
    C:\Users\Roland\Desktop\MultiMarkdown 5.4.0
    - MMD commands -v, -h are working!
    - but conversion *.txt > *.html is refused "access denied"

    3rd attempt, following the recommendations of my favorite IT expert (many
    thanks, Roberto!):
    - Creating "cmd.exe" desktop shortcut
    - desktop icon right click "advanced – run as administrator"
    - admin rights verification with SFC command
    - MMD works!! :-)

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