Manual:DeleteOldRevisions.php

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deleteOldRevisions.php is a script that deletes old (non-current) revisions from the revision table in the database. The script works on old, non-deleted revisions (which are stored in the revision table). The script deletes all old, non-deleted revisions from the revision table and then invoces purgeOldText.php to purge the text records which no revision links to. This can be useful for reducing the size of the database but it does mean you lose the ability to restore the according revisions.

This script does not remove any deleted revisions (which are stored in the archive table)! Use the maintenance script deleteArchivedRevisions.php to delete all rows from the archive table.

This script deletes page histories. If you run a GFDL licensed wiki you need to be aware that the GFDL requires you to keep the page histories.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Deleting all old revisions:

php deleteOldRevisions.php --delete

Deleting all old revisions from specific pages (page id 1, 2, 15 and 38):

php deleteOldRevisions.php --delete 1 2 15 38

Options[edit | edit source]

  • --delete: Actually performs the deletion. Otherwise the script will only display the number of items that it can delete.
  • list of page ids: Performs the deletion only on the page ids (numbers) given as unnamed arguments.

Example[edit | edit source]

[/] # find / -name php
/mnt/ext/opt/apache/bin/php
[/] # find . -name deleteOldRevisions.php
[/] # php ./maintenance/deleteOldRevisions.php  --delete

See also[edit | edit source]

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