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purgePage.php file is a maintenance script to purge both internal and external caches.

This is the equivalent to action=purge (task T169195) and performs the following actions:

  • Re-parses the wikitext, saves changes to the database (e.g. current expansion of magic words and templates, writes links to the database for images, links-here, categories etc.).
  • Performs a database write for page.page_touched to the current time, which has potential cascading effects to other areas of the application.
  • Purges the page's canonical URLs from File cache ($wgUseFileCache) and/or from external Squid/Varnish proxy (this is the part that purgeList.php does).
  • In addition, individual page types (such as FilePage) and extensions, may register additional actions. For example, when purging a File page, it also deletes thumbnails from Swift storage, and purge the URLs of all thumbnail sizes and variations (page1, page2, 120px, 320px etc. etc.)


Give a list of page titles to purge, one per line, from standard input:

php purgePage.php
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3

Give a list of page titles to purge, one per line, from a file:

php purgePage.php < purge.txt

where purge.txt contains a list of pagenames to be regenerated.

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