|MediaWiki File: deleteArchivedRevisions.php|
|MediaWiki File: deleteArchivedRevisions.inc|
Deletes all the archived (hidden from public view) revisions, by clearing out the archive table. These revisions will no longer be restorable. The pages are permanently deleted.
When a page is 'deleted' by an administrator (Help:Sysop deleting and undeleting), records are moved from the 'revision' table to the 'archive' table, although the bulk of the data (page text) remains in the 'text' table. The script deletes all records from the archive table and also purges the text records which these archived revisions linked to. This can be useful for reducing the size of the database but it does mean you lose the ability to restore a deleted page.
Prior to MediaWiki 1.16, a helper file deleteArchivedRevisions.inc contained the class that performs the work. This class was merged into deleteArchivedRevisions.php in 1.16.
|--delete||Does the deletion (otherwise only displays the number of revisions to delete).|