Yaron Koren | 27 Feb 17:38 2015

Remove the mustache from the logo?


Anyone now going to mediawiki.org will see this image for the logo:


It's the regular MediaWiki logo with a moustache and a "NOW WITH MUSTACHE"
inscription; the change was made this morning.

I'm pretty sure that the change is an excited reference to MediaWiki now
making use of this:


However, as far as I can tell there's no explanation for the change
anywhere in the site. Which means that a fair number of visitors to the
site, I would have to guess, will think that it's been hacked. That was my
first instinct, at least, when I saw the logo.

I don't think there's anything wrong with being lighthearted on a
documentation page, or even with playing around the logo - Google wrote the
book on that sort of thing. But this particular change seems like an inept
attempt at humor; could it please be reverted?



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Jorge Araya Navarro | 26 Feb 23:04 2015

Getting 'MediaWiki internal error Error: invalid magic word' from many different extensions when trying to update mediawiki


When I try to update my mediawiki instance, after selecting the language, MediaWiki throws an internal error:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
Original exception: [a9849074] /mw-config/?page=ExistingWiki Exception from line 341 of
/home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/MagicWord.php: Error: invalid magic word 'get_web_data'
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

The invalid magic word changes as I enable/disable extensions, I don't know why this happen, I really wish to
have this fixed since is cumbersome to disable a massive amount of extensions when updating. The complete
error can be seen here:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
MediaWiki internal error.

Original exception: [3d7ad120] /mw-config/ Exception from line 341 of
/home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/MagicWord.php: Error: invalid magic word 'get_web_data'
#0 /home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/MagicWord.php(264): MagicWord->load(string)
#1 /home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/parser/Parser.php(5159): MagicWord::get(string)
#2 /home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/extensions/ExternalData/ExternalData.php(55):
Parser->setFunctionHook(string, array)
#3 [internal function]: edgRegisterParser(Parser)
#4 /home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/Hooks.php(206):
call_user_func_array(string, array)
#5 /home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/GlobalFunctions.php(3995):
Hooks::run(string, array, NULL)
#6 /home/deshackr/public_html/wikicatolica/includes/parser/Parser.php(279):
wfRunHooks(string, array)
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Brenton Horne | 25 Feb 21:42 2015

MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle


I downloaded the MediaWiki Language Extension bundle, 
MediaWikiLanguageExtensionBundle-2015.01.tar.bz2, extracted its contents 
(in the internal /extensions directory) and copy-pasted the subfolders 
within the extensions folder to my MediaWiki installation's extensions 
folder. Then I added:

    ||$wgCCTrailerFilter = true;||
    ||$wgCCUserFilter = false;||
    ||$wgDefaultUserOptions['usenewrc'] = 1;||
    ||$wgLocalisationUpdateDirectory = "$IP/cache";||
    ||$wgGroupPermissions['user']['translate'] = true;||
    ||$wgGroupPermissions['user']['translate-messagereview'] = true;||
    ||$wgGroupPermissions['user']['translate-groupreview'] = true;||
    ||$wgGroupPermissions['user']['translate-import'] = true;||
    ||$wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['pagetranslation'] = true;||
    ||$wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['translate-manage'] = true;||
    ||$wgTranslateDocumentationLanguageCode = 'qqq';||
    ||$wgExtraLanguageNames['qqq'] = 'Message documentation'; # No
    linguistic content. Used for documenting messages||

To LocalSettings.php and now my MediaWiki installation is giving the 
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Brenton Horne | 25 Feb 17:08 2015

CSS styles for Wikimedia Commons Template:Information


I added this:

    |/* Styling the parameter fields in [[Template:Information]] and
    related templates|||
    |||   also here (besides on [[MediaWiki:Filepage.css]]) to ensure
    proper preview|||
    |||   on other pages than those in the file namespace */|||
    |||.fileinfo-paramfield {|||
    ||| background: #ccf;|||
    ||| /*  <at> noflip */|||
    ||| text-align: right;|||
    ||| padding-right: 0.4em;|||
    ||| width: 15%;|||
    ||| font-weight: bold;|||

To my local Wiki's Common:CSS but this is how it is rendered (I am just 
on the template page, so there's no input entered): 
http://i.imgur.com/suuxTtk.png. This is how Wikimedia Commons 
Template:Information is rendered for me in the same skin (vector) 
http://i.imgur.com/Q4vnpXp.png. Now I'd like to know what CSS styles I 
need to get it looking the same on my Wiki.

Thanks for your time,
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John Foster | 25 Feb 00:16 2015

Is Scribunto and Lua scripting replacing 'Template: "

First off this is just a question not a rant or a concern, just curious.
Is Scribunto and Lua scripting replacing 'Template: " calls in 
Mediawiki. It seems that there is considerable redundancy in having both 
functions doing much of the same work. Just wondering so that I may make 
reasoned judgements as to what directions I may need to follow personally.


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Brenton Horne | 24 Feb 19:28 2015

Automated downloading all files in a set category or article on a Wikimedia project or Wikia site


I suspect this question will not have as elegant an answer as I'd like 
but I was wondering if anyone in this mailing lists knows an easy (like 
easy enough for someone with as little programming understand as myself) 
automated way of downloading all the files in a category or an article 
on a Wikimedia project/Wikia site. I am running windows 7 (64 bit) SP1 
if it is relevant, although I do have access to a Linux command line 
(namely cygwin 64 bits) if needed.

I have seen

but it didn't help me as at the |WIKI_LINKS| step I received an error 
that there was no such page on Wikimedia Commons.

If you would like a specific example to work with (i.e., a specific 
category to write a code to download from) try the Wikimedia Commons 
category Histopathology 
(|https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Histopathology|). Dw I 
know this download will take a while due to the number and size of the 
files involved.

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Brenton Horne | 24 Feb 15:04 2015

Adding Special:PrefixIndex/FULLPAGENAME to tools section of sidebar


I've posted a question on StackOverflow on this topic

and I think I may be able to answer the question myself, if someone 
would tell me what the full page name variable is in JavaScript and how 
to insert a JavaScript variable like this into strings like


I have done some research into JavaScript, which is what inspired me to 
ask this question because I knew that quotation marks "" substitute 
variable names with their variable value leaving the rest of what is in 
them as a string, whereas apostrophes like ' ' render everything inside 
them as a string. So I initially tried to define the page name variable 

|var  page=  mw.config.get(  'wgPageName'  );|

then I defined the URL string 
|''"page"| then 
I thought I must have screwed up with my quotation marks vs. apostrophes 
and their roles in JS so I switched the apostrophes for quotation marks 
and vice versa, but this didn't solve my problem.

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Michael Peel | 24 Feb 00:02 2015

Feedback on Extension:GlobalUserPage

Hi all,

I have posted some feedback on Extension:GlobalUserPage at:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help_talk:Extension:GlobalUserPage#Feedback <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help_talk:Extension:GlobalUserPage#Feedback>

I hope it is useful. Thanks for implementing this extension on the Wikimedia sites!

[[User:Mike Peel]]
P.S. you might want to make it clearer at https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/mediawiki-l
<https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/mediawiki-l> that you need to subscribe to this
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Justin Lloyd | 23 Feb 19:47 2015

Jobs get stuck in queue

I've been seeing a problem for some time now where jobs in the queue will
not get run or removed from the job table. The showJobs and runJobs scripts
don't seem to find them but the do show in the job table and the only way
to remove them is manually with delete (or truncate) statements. The job
type varies, sometimes SMW\UpdateJob, sometimes refreshLinks, etc. I have
five wikis but it only seems to happen on three of them since the other two
have very low write activity. They are all currently MediaWiki 1.23.2 and
Semantic MediaWiki 2.0.

Please let me know if there are any known bugs I should look into as the
possible culprits (I've yet to see any that seem to match this issue) and
whether there is any more information I can provide to help troubleshoot
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Brenton Horne | 23 Feb 17:54 2015

SideBarMenu extension


I've tried to install the SideBarMenu extension 
(https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SideBarMenu). This is how I 
went about it (note the software/extension links are all download link 
so if you open them in your browser be prepared to download them):

 1. I installed composer by running this binary
    https://getcomposer.org/Composer-Setup.exe. No apparent errors were
    encountered. When it prompted me for php.exe I used the php.exe of
    my MediaWiki installation namely
 2. I downloaded the zip directory for the extension via this link:
    I then unzipped it, renamed the directory SideBarMenu and
    copy-pasted it to |...\extensions|. I then added
    |require_once("extensions/SidebarMenu/SidebarMenu.php"); |to
    |LocalSettings.php|. Which was what the extension page I linked
    earlier told me to do.
 3. I then opened up a page on the local mediawiki installation with
    this content: |SideBarMenu requires extension ParamProcessor. |
 4. I then downloaded the zip file for ParamProcessor here
    extracted its contents, copy-pasted it to
    |C:\Bitnami\mediawiki-1.24.1-0\php| (where it was in its own
    directory ...\ParamProcessor). I then added ||

    |"require": {|||
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Rowe, Dolores A | 23 Feb 14:19 2015

Still having problems with Reset password functionality in 1.22.x

Dear Teammates,

On the reset password page of MediaWiki 1.22.x, I fill in the Username and Email address in the appropriate
boxes, and select
"Email new password".  However, I get the error "There is no email address recorded for user "xxx".

Shouldn't it be able to use the email address I have just filled in to send the user a new password, even if
that user had not filled out their email address in their particular profile ?

Thanks let me know if I need to set something else.
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