Federico Leva (Nemo | 17 Oct 17:36 2014

Fwd: Job opening: Technical writer

The Engineering Community team has opened a new position for a Technical
writer. The right candidate could be subscribed to this list, or they could
be a brave friend of yours.


Of you have any questions, just ask me!


End forward of Quim's 
I tend to believe about 95 % of people caring about docs are on 
mediawiki-l. :)


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Katharina Wolkwitz | 17 Oct 14:19 2014

Problem with mediawiki-upgrade

Hi again,

before I can move my wikis to the new server I need to upgrade them to the
current version (or at least it says so in every how-to I've found so far).

The wiki is currently running under version 1.16.2 and I want to get to 1.23.5

And now I'm encountering the following problems:

Creating user_properties table...Es gab einen Syntaxfehler in der Datenbankabfrage.
Die letzte Datenbankabfrage lautete: âCREATE TABLE `user_properties`(
 up_user int not null,
 up_property varbinary(32) not null,
 up_value blob
â aus der Funktion â<tt>DatabaseBase::sourceStream</tt>â.
Die Datenbank meldete den Fehler: â<tt>1146: Table '_fhbwiki.user_properties'
doesn't exist (localhost)</tt>â.

Any hints and tipps appreciated.


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Katharina Wolkwitz | 17 Oct 09:08 2014

Merging two existing wikis in a wiki-farm?

Hello everybody,

I've been set the task to merge two existing wikis in a wiki-farm in order to
consolidate the two separate virtual servers the wikis live on at the moment
into one single virtual server.

Now I'm not sure whether this idea is even feasible and if it were, which kind
of wiki-family would be the best way to get the two wikis together...

I've had a look at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Wiki_family but I have
to admit that I am rather baffled at the different scenarios presented and when
I take a look at the discussions-page I get downright frightend.
I'm not a complete newbie, but I rather need a newbie-proof easy to understand
how-to in order to get a handle on such a project... :-(

So any hints and tips are more than welcome!

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John Foster | 17 Oct 03:12 2014


I have it installed and the "version" page shows it installed. However 
after restarting apache & updating my system. The toggle button for code 
editor is not showing up in the advanced toolbar. Any ideas.

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 17 Oct 01:00 2014

Enhanced recent changes will be default in MediaWiki 1.25.0

MediaWiki 1.25.0 (planned release 2015-05-27) will use the "enhanced 
recent changes" and "extended watchlist" options by default. The change 
doesn't affect Wikimedia wikis.

Explanation at 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.25#Enhanced_recent_changes ; 
I'd particularly appreciate help in
* updating docs around (with appropriate {{MW version}}),
* adding a quick gif to show the (un)collapsing of one row on a 
representative Special:Watchlist view,
* (ideally) re-writing the Meta-Wiki help page from scratch on 
mediawiki.org so that it can be translated.


P.s.: I copy the current text from the page here as well.

MediaWiki now uses by default the extended watchlist and so called 
enhanced recent chances (preference "Group changes by page in recent 
changes and watchlist"), which received several improvements in 
MediaWiki 1.25.

This means that Special:RecentChanges and Special:Watchlist show all the 
changes to each page in a given day, sorted by page rather than 
chronologically. Changes to each page are then collapsed by default and 
a compact overview is shown, with links to collated diffs and counts of 
each user's actions. Full activity for an individual page can then be 
shown with a single click.

Users will no longer need to know in detail how a single change was 
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John Cummings | 16 Oct 07:59 2014

[Mediawiki-l] Looking for help setting up a MediaWiki distribution with VE and Flow

Hi All

I'm a volunteer for Wikimedia UK, I was Wikimedian in Residence at the
Natural History Museum and Science Museum in London and started a project
called Monmouthpedia.

I do some work for a charity called WYSE International
<http://www.wyse-ngo.org/>, I'm trying to set up a wiki to support young
leaders around the world in sharing their knowledge and am very stuck, I
have been trying to set up Parsoid for several days. I'm able to set up the
basic MediaWiki installation file but beyond that I'm getting very stuck
with the instructions. I would really appreciate someone's help in setting
up Parsoid, VE and Flow.

Many thanks



*John Cummings - **Wikimedia UK volunteer*
tweet  <at> mrjohnc

Wikimedia UK is a Charitable Company registered in England and Wales.
Registered Company No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513.
Registered Office: 4th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street,
London EC2A 4LT. United Kingdom.
Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia movement. The
Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who operate
Wikipedia, amongst other projects).
Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal control
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Ian Kelling | 15 Oct 23:46 2014

Instant commons not working on my wiki

Instant commons is not working for me. Commons file links are just red
links which send me to the local file upload page.

I have set:

$wgUseInstantCommons = true;

File uploads work. $wgForeignFileRepos is not otherwise set. I'm on
ubuntu, so no selinux concerns.

I'm using version 23. Specifically, latest git from REL1_23 branch,
which is b4ea637.

I've tried a sample link
Which, on the actual wiki is at https://ofswiki.org/wiki/Debian_add_new_interactive_user

Any suggestion on figuring out whats wrong would be appreciated.

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John Foster | 15 Oct 01:55 2014

Scribunto "again"

recent upgrade again has killed my scribunto. I updated to extension 
version 1.23 to match my mediawiki. just after I got it running I 
noticed this error poping up in my pages that worked previously. Since I 
don't know anything about Lua. maybe someone can decipher this error 
message.PCRE is 8.1 from   PHP Version 5.5.6-1


 1. *(tail call)*: ?
 2. *[C]*: in function "error"
 3. *Module:No_globals:4
 4. *package.lua:91*: in function "require"
 5. *Module:Protection_banner:6
    in main chunk
 6. *(tail call)*: ?
 7. *(tail call)*: ?
 8. *[C]*: in function "xpcall"
 9. *MWServer.lua:87*: in function "handleCall"
10. *MWServer.lua:301*: in function "dispatch"
11. *MWServer.lua:40*: in function "execute"
12. *mw_main.lua:7*: in main chunk
13. *[C]*: ?

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Alexandra Stagoy | 13 Oct 19:09 2014

Re: MediaWiki-l Digest, Vol 133, Issue 9

its ok Alexandra Stagoy 

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Today's Topics:

  1. Wiki problems: spam + MySQL errors (Yves de Lyle)


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Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:36:44 +1100
From: Yves de Lyle <yvesdelyle <at> gmail.com>
To: mediawiki-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: [MediaWiki-l] Wiki problems: spam + MySQL errors
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Mark A. Hershberger | 13 Oct 19:04 2014

Invitation to this Friday's MediaWiki Cooperation G+ hangout

Please join us for our fourth online meeting of the MediaWiki
Cooperation at 17 October, 2014 at 3 PM UTC. We'll discuss the current
state of things and talk about the Environmental Scan we're undertaking
and how you can be involved.

More information is available:


Mark A. Hershberger
NicheWork LLC

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Legault, Phillip [ITSUS] | 13 Oct 14:01 2014

MediaWiki setup

I'm trying to get my mediawiki server up and running and I just get a blank page.

I check the apache error log and I don't see anything.

#-> php /var/www/mediawiki/mw/maintenance/showJobs.php
PHP Warning:  require(/var/www/mediawiki/mw/vendor/data-values/common/Common.php): failed to
open stream: No such file or directory in /var/www/mediawiki/mw/vendor/composer/autoload_real.php
on line 54
PHP Fatal error:  require(): Failed opening required
(include_path='.:/usr/share/pear:/usr/share/php') in
/var/www/mediawiki/mw/vendor/composer/autoload_real.php on line 54

I remove the localsettings file which should trigger mediawiki to start with the setup page, and I still get nothing.

Thank you
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