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Program to (re)categorize images at commons.

The program uses commonshelper for category suggestions. It takes the suggestions and the current categories. Put the categories through some filters and adds the result.


The following command line parameters are supported:

-onlyfilter Don't use Commonsense to get categories, just filter the current categories
-onlyuncat Only work on uncategorized images. Will prevent the bot from working on an image multiple times.
-hint Give Commonsense a hint. For example
-onlyhint Give Commonsense a hint. And only work on this hint. Syntax is the same as -hint. Some special hints are possible:
  • _20 : Work on the top 20 Wikipedias
  • _80 : Work on the top 80 Wikipedias
  • wps : Work on all Wikipedias

Global arguments available

These options will override the configuration in settings.

Global options
Parameter Description Config variable
-dir:PATH Read the bot's configuration data from directory given by PATH, instead of from the default directory.  
-lang:xx Set the language of the wiki you want to work on, overriding the configuration in xx should be the language code. mylang
-family:xyz Set the family of the wiki you want to work on, e.g. wikipedia, wiktionary, wikitravel, ... This will override the configuration in family
-user:xyz Log in as user 'xyz' instead of the default username. usernames
-daemonize:xyz Immediately return control to the terminal and redirect stdout and stderr to file xyz. (only use for bots that require no input from stdin).  
-help Show the help text.  
-log Enable the log file, using the default filename 'script_name-bot.log' Logs will be stored in the logs subdirectory. log
-log:xyz Enable the log file, using 'xyz' as the filename. logfilename
-nolog Disable the log file (if it is enabled by default).  
-maxlag Sets a new maxlag parameter to a number of seconds. Defer bot edits during periods of database server lag. Default is set by maxlag
Set the minimum time (in seconds) the bot will wait between saving pages. put_throttle
Enable the log file and include extensive debugging data for component "item" (for all components if the second form is used). debug_log
Have the bot provide additional console output that may be useful in debugging. verbose_output
Toggles the cosmetic_changes setting made in or to its inverse and overrules it. All other settings and restrictions are untouched. cosmetic_changes
-simulate Disables writing to the server. Useful for testing and debugging of new code (if given, doesn't do any real changes, but only shows what would have been changed). simulate
-<config var>:n You may use all given numeric config variables as option and modify it with command line.