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Karlpajak (talkcontribs)

How do you make the font size smaller in the Sidebox so it takes up less space. I'm trying to limit the size the sidebox takes up to the right of the text.

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Seeing Templates in All Pages

Karlpajak (talkcontribs)

How do you view all the templates in All Pages?

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Deleting images from Wiki, it keeps a record of those images

B1Bayon (talkcontribs)

Deleting images from Wiki, it keeps a record of those images on the ftp I can see that in the images folder, there is a delete folder. is it safe to delete the entries from the delete folder? What ramifications are there fore deleting files from here? Is this the only way to clean up past images that are no longer needed?

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)
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Thatnewman (talkcontribs)

I have asked on how to design my MediaWiki mainpage Like that of wikipedia. But some people said i have to enable Extension:Scribunto which i already did.... but still giving me errors.. While Some said i should Import the Template from wikipedia to my website which i already tried (Import failed: No interwiki prefix was supplied)...

I am very very confuse right now.. it been two weeks and still haven't gotten any answer please help.

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)

Wikipedia's pages are too complicated to copy and paste from, and expect them to work (unless you really know what you're doing - I wouldn't try it). It would be better to draw out what you want your page to look like on a piece of paper (or in your mind) and create it on your wiki, bit by bit. You could ask questions here about each bit.

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Unable to generate Thumbnails : escapeshellarg() has been disabled for security reasons

Ironhide1975 (talkcontribs)

Okay so everything was working just fine and when I tried to upload images I received this error.

: escapeshellarg() has been disabled for security reasons

I did some research and set $wgUseImageMagick = false;

This allows the file to be uploaded but when I go to view the image on the page I get the following error.

Error creating thumbnail: File missing

What gives?

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)
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Thatnewman (talkcontribs)

Help... I am trying to import from wikipedia and i got this error

Import failed: The lua binary (/home/username/ is not executable.

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)
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Thatnewman (talkcontribs)

what is the configuration of this settings

Manual:Configuration settings










Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)
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"Citation needed" template missing

2 (talkcontribs)

I've just installed a fresh copy of MediaWiki, and have created a few pages. However, when I try to invoke the "Citation needed" template, either with {{Cn}} or {{Citation needed}}, it renders on the page as Template:Cn or Template:Citation needed respectively.

Is there a specific extension that needs to be enabled? Do the citation templates have to be added to an installation manually? I apologise if this is a basic issue, but I haven't been able to find any information online besides the MediaWiki article on usage of the template, not it's installation...

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)
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My wiki page has randomly started to run really sluggish in the last few days...

B1Bayon (talkcontribs)

Wiki page of 8 months, have recently in the last few days started to run really slow

Nothing has changed in the back-end for months, no new extensions, no configurations, no new setups

The wiki has at least 5000 articles, but the system has randomly only just started to run slow the last few days, and I got notification from my web hosting that my site was using too much resources and they recommended that I upgrade my service, or I need to optimize my wiki... I don't understand what has changed and how this occurred? Does anyone have any guidance on this. is where the wiki sits.

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)

Likely it's just the server being slow and not your website's fault... get a $5 Digital Ocean droplet (or Linode or whatever) and you'll never look back!

B1Bayon (talkcontribs)

I'll take a look at what Digital Ocean is..

B1Bayon (talkcontribs)

@Jonathan3 Hi, I don't quite understand what im supposed to do with the droplet as you suggest? Is this supposed to replace my webhosting?

Jonathan3 (talkcontribs)

It would do. It's an "unmanaged VPS". The droplet thing is a silly word they use for that because it ties in with "Ocean". The way I understand it is that a virtual private server is actually shared with others but in a different way, and a way that lets you do most of what you could do if you had a dedicated server (root access etc).

Maybe another solution would be to try out a new shared hosting server to see whether it's faster than the current one.

There are lots of pages here and on the internet on how to speed up MediaWiki, so maybe those would help too.

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Gota de agua (talkcontribs)

hello, good evening, how is it done to resolve the following composer error:


   Could not delete /home/lapluma/

   er /:

I am trying to make composer work on a shared host and I am executing its commands by ssh but when running the update script php composer.phar update --no-dev it gives me the error above, does anyone Do you know the solution for this? I have tried to manually delete the composer folder and its contents and it keeps marking the same thing.

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