Extension talk:Newest Pages

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Please submit bug reports and feature requests for this extension to the extension's maintainer, Rob Church, via email.
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Download link is dead[edit]

Your download link is dead :(.

Narrow to a given Namespace[edit]

Thanks, this is very helpful. Any chance you could add a param to allow the namespace to be specified? I'd like to transclude this page as a kind of "Table of Contents" for a specific namespace.

Available as of version 1.3. Rob Church (talk) 23:27, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

Namespace as a Category Page?[edit]

I was wondering if the Namespace that can be specified could actually specify a Category Page? skdb 15:04, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

What is the namespace for "Pages"[edit]

Thanks a lot - this is wonderful! It works with categories and most namespaces. But I wonder what would be the namespace to write if I want to have pages/articles only. I can select "(Artikel)" (German for articles = pages) in the selectbox but I do not know the word to write as namespace... Thanks a lot! -- 15:37, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

I had this same problem and after trial-and-error discovered that to filter for articles in the (Main) namespace the syntax is {{Special:Newestpages//X}} 02:24, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

Section #3 of the README states, "Use - to select the main namespace." 08:16, 15 August 2006 (UTC)


Only one possible selection for NewestPages

I have a problem with my NewestPages selections. Why i cant show the three selections on one (Main)Page? When I try to use them alone, the aren't any Problem. Pls help

greetz Graffo

<!--        MAIN PAGE BANNER        -->
{{#if:{{Main Page banner}}|
<table id="mp-banner" style="width: 100%; margin:4px 0 0 0; background:none; border-spacing: 0px;">
<tr><td class="MainPageBG" style="text-align:center; padding:0.2em; background-color:#fffaf5; border:1px solid #f2e0ce; color:#000; font-size:100%;">{{Main Page banner}}
<table width="100%">
<td width="33%"> <b>Neueste Artikel:</b> <br> {{Special:Newestpages/-/10}} </td>
<td width="33%"> <b>Neueste Benutzer:</b> <br> {{Special:Newestpages/User/10}} </td>
<td width="33%"> <b>Neueste Kategorien:</b> <br> {{Special:Newestpages/Category/10}} </td>
How do I link to namespace Main?
This was noted in the README file. robchurch | talk 14:32, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
How do I refine the code, so the namespace Main will appear as default?
Index: NewestPages.page.php
--- NewestPages.page.php	(revision 17805)
+++ NewestPages.page.php	(working copy)
@@ -66,7 +66,7 @@
 		if( !isset( $this->limit ) )
 			$this->limit = $this->sanitiseLimit( $req->getInt( 'limit', $wgNewestPagesLimit ) );
 		if( !isset( $this->namespace ) )
-			$this->namespace = $this->extractNamespace( $req->getVal( 'namespace', -1 ) );
+			$this->namespace = $this->extractNamespace( $req->getVal( 'namespace', NS_MAIN ) );
 		if( !isset( $this->redirects ) )
 			$this->redirects = (bool)$req->getInt( 'redirects', 1 );
How do I refine the code, so the redirect pages will not appear as default?
Index: NewestPages.page.php
--- NewestPages.page.php	(revision 17805)
+++ NewestPages.page.php	(working copy)
@@ -68,7 +68,7 @@
 		if( !isset( $this->namespace ) )
 			$this->namespace = $this->extractNamespace( $req->getVal( 'namespace', -1 ) );
 		if( !isset( $this->redirects ) )
-			$this->redirects = (bool)$req->getInt( 'redirects', 1 );
+			$this->redirects = (bool)$req->getInt( 'redirects', 0 );
 	function sanitiseLimit( $limit ) {
How can I filter and show new articles within a category?
This isn't supported in this extension at the present time. It might be added as a feature in a subsequent release, as it's a popular request. robchurch | talk 14:35, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
I've answered the remaining questions above. Please note that I reviewed this discussion page by chance; wherever possible, I prefer extension questions like this to be emailed to me; an address is provided in the README file for that purpose. Thanks. robchurch | talk 14:35, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

showing certain categorie[edit]

Hi I was wondering if it is possible just to show the main categorie on the front main page instead of it going to the all categorie... ty

Nevermind I figured it out... Thanks for this extensions...!!

Couldn't you have said what you figured out?-- 22:30, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Error message with wfLoadExtensionMessages[edit]

Im getting the error:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function wfLoadExtensionMessages() in /var/www/wiki/extensions/newestPages/NewestPages.page.php on line 26

After research I found one page that states that wfLoadExtensionMessages is only available in version 1.11 and above. (Extension:Cite/Cite.php). Therefore this extension won't work on 1.6 and above. Is this correct? (We still at 1.9 :( )

Due to a bunch of incompetent messing around with the code for this extension, and the removal of perfectly reasonable backwards-compatibility code, several people are experiencing problems; I've just responded to another email from an exasperated user attempting to install the extension.
If you're running a pre-1.11 wiki, I'd suggest using the version as of r23533, which can be considered the last version "released" by Rob Church. A tarball of these files can also be found at http://www.anubite.co.uk/newestpages-1.6.x.tar.gz.
I'd update the page, but some clever idiot would just undo it. -- Rob Church

Specify offset of first "Newest Page" displayed[edit]

Here's a patch that allows one to specify not only the number of pages to display, but also the index of the first page:

Index: NewestPages.page.php
--- NewestPages.page.php        (revision 42072)
+++ NewestPages.page.php        (working copy)
@@ -13,6 +13,7 @@
 class NewestPages extends IncludableSpecialPage {

        var $limit = NULL;
+       var $offset = "0";
        var $namespace = NULL;
        var $redirects = NULL;

@@ -46,13 +47,14 @@
                $page = $dbr->tableName( 'page' );
                $nsf = $this->getNsFragment();
                $redir = $this->redirects ? '' : ' AND page_is_redirect = 0';
-               $res = $dbr->query( "SELECT page_namespace, page_title, page_is_redirect FROM $page WHERE {$nsf}{$redir} ORDER BY page_id DESC LIMIT 0,{$this->limit}" );
+               $res = $dbr->query( "SELECT page_namespace, page_title, page_is_redirect FROM $page WHERE {$nsf}{$redir} ORDER BY page_id DESC LIMIT {$this->offset},{$this->limit}" );
                $count = $dbr->numRows( $res );
                if( $count > 0 ) {
                        # Make list
                        if( !$this->mIncluding )
                                $wgOut->addWikiText( wfMsg( 'newestpages-showing', $count ) );
-                       $wgOut->addHtml( "<ol>" );
+                       $start = 1 + (int)$this->offset;
+                       $wgOut->addHtml( "<ol start=\"$start\">" );
                        while( $row = $dbr->fetchObject( $res ) )
                                $wgOut->addHtml( $this->makeListItem( $row ) );
                        $wgOut->addHTML( "</ol>" );
@@ -81,7 +83,11 @@
                        $bits = explode( '/', $par );
                        foreach( $bits as $bit ) {
                                if( is_numeric( $bit ) ) {
-                                       $this->limit = $this->sanitiseLimit( $bit );
+                                       if ( !isset( $this->limit ) ) {
+                                               $this->limit = $this->sanitiseLimit( $bit );
+                                       } else {
+                                               $this->offset = $this->sanitiseLimit( $bit );
+                                       }
                                } else {
                                        $this->namespace = $this->extractNamespace( $bit );

This way, you can easily create a multi-column table of newest pages, like so:

<table width="100%">
<td width="33%">{{Special:Newestpages/-/5}} </td>
<td width="33%">{{Special:Newestpages/-/5/5}} </td>
<td width="33%">{{Special:Newestpages/-/5/10}} </td>

Gets slow using conditions on a bigger wiki[edit]

Not that my wiki is big but I have ~17000 articles and the page with the include takes pretty long to load as soon as I start to add conditions to the query :/ Just FYI --Subfader 02:10, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Bug: Incompatible with postgres 8.3[edit]

when using the debian package mediawiki-extensions 1.4 containing Newest Pages 1.7 with

MediaWiki  	1.12.0
PHP 	5.2.6-1+lenny2 (apache2handler)
PostgreSQL 	PostgreSQL 8.3.6 on i486-pc-linux-gnu, compiled by GCC gcc-4.3.real (Debian 4.3.3-3) 4.3.3

i get this error:

Interner Fehler

A database error has occurred Query: SELECT page_namespace, page_title, page_is_redirect FROM page WHERE page_namespace != 8 ORDER BY page_id DESC LIMIT 0,50 Function: Error: 1 FEHLER: Syntax LIMIT x,y wird nicht unterstützt HINT: Verwenden Sie die getrennten Klauseln LIMIT und OFFSET.


#0 /usr/share/mediawiki/includes/Database.php(799): DatabasePostgres->reportQueryError('FEHLER: Syntax...', 1, 'SELECT page_nam...', '', false)
#1 /usr/share/mediawiki-extensions/NewestPages.page.php(49): Database->query('SELECT page_nam...')
#2 /usr/share/mediawiki/includes/SpecialPage.php(464): NewestPages->execute(NULL)
#3 /usr/share/mediawiki/includes/Wiki.php(193): SpecialPage::executePath(Object(Title))
#4 /usr/share/mediawiki/includes/Wiki.php(45): MediaWiki->initializeSpecialCases(Object(Title), Object(OutputPage), Object(WebRequest))
#5 /usr/share/mediawiki/index.php(90): MediaWiki->initialize(Object(Title), Object(OutputPage), Object(User), Object(WebRequest))
#6 {main}<pre>
note that no pages where created before

Sorting Order ?[edit]

Is there a way to define the sorting order? i would like to display the very newest page on top of the list. Currently in my list of 10 newest pages the newest page is on bottom.
Thanks in advance
--TurboKanne 13:12, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Blank line[edit]

Why does the extension add a blank line before the list when I embed it in another page? -- 17:28, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Exclude redirects from included list[edit]

What do I have to do (even if it is only possible by editing the extension code) to exclude redirects from included lists of newest pages? Thank you... (Rob) -- 13:18, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

I'd like to know this, too. --Chriswaterguy 18:16, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Me too - seems to have been changed somewhere between MW version 1.13.2 (which did not include redirects) and 1.15.4 (which does). --Robinson weijman 14:42, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Found it. In the setOptions function, find:
if( !isset( $this->redirects ) )
    this->redirects = (bool)$req->getInt( 'redirects', 1 );
and change the 1 to a 0, i.e. the last line should be:
    this->redirects = (bool)$req->getInt( 'redirects', 0 );

--Robinson weijman 15:03, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

A better option line 67:

                global $wgNewestPagesLimit, $wgNewestPagesShowRedirects;

line 73:

                        $this->redirects = (bool)$req->getInt( 'redirects', $wgNewestPagesShowRedirects);

and then in LocalSettings.php:

$wgNewestPagesShowRedirects = 0;

This way it can be changed without editing the code of the extension any longer. Hopefully the author will add it to the code. Beta M 08:28, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Article Summary[edit]

Is there a method by which one can add a summary & author underneath the articles listed? Something similar to the method utilized by the extension Wikilog. --Enterprise user 19:13, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Add a nav Bar?[edit]

Is there a way to add a navigation bar, IE Prev. 10, Next 10, or whatever your variable is? --Unsigned

The dev of this extension is inactive. Don't expect much here. --Subfader 11:22, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

Changed list type to bullet list (ul)[edit]

Hi, I have changed the default list type from HTML "ordered list" (ol) to HTML "unordered list" (ul) by simply changing two lines in extensions/NewestPages/NewestPages.page.php to have a common appearance. See http://www.denken24.de (MediaWiki 1.16.5):

$wgOut->addHTML( "<ul>" );
$wgOut->addHTML( "</ul>" );

Thanks --Netzschrauber 13:26, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

I have created a feature request for this here. 11:09, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Add date to the list[edit]

IMHO it would be nice to have the creation date of the pages in the list. Something like this:

  1. Newest_Pages (2012-05-24)
  2. Another page (2011-12-18)

IMHO it's more informative. -- 08:15, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

I agree, just came on the discussion page looking at some information about it, so +1 for me. Symac (talk) 15:03, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
The dev retired from coding for MediaWiki. You have to hack it yourself. --Subfader (talk) 06:48, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Cannot download?[edit]

The extension distributor says there's no such extension as "NewestPages". Huwmanbeing (talk) 10:38, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

How to exclude certain category?[edit]

Is it possible to exclude pages from a certain category?
I have a draft category which pages shouldn't show up in the newest pages list as longs as they are drafts.
Thanks for any help.
Stefahn (talk) 15:11, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

How to only list pages in time/date limid[edit]

How do i list pages created in a certain month or from/to a certain date.??

Please !! ... OMg: )[edit]

Please, add a index to "page" database. (On column page_latest),

It's very slow on big wiki ;)