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Global word replacement

Hi, the Malay language is still evolving with changes in spelling or terminology. How do I do a global word replacement? PM Poon 10:51, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

See the question above Project:Support desk/Archive 11#Automatic replacement of string from more than one page --Nad 12:04, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Two Pressing Issues - Image Processing and URL Rewriting

Hello - I'm the owner of, and we're having some pretty troubling issues at the moment. They are twofold:

  • Selected thumbnails will not generate. This is displayed on our "Link" page. Many of Link's images give the error "Cannot create thumbnail:", but do not specify any further error message. I use ImageMagick to generate images, and this problem has persisted ever since we moved servers.
Do you know whether or not ImageMagick is installed on the new server and what path it is located at?
Yes. ImageMagick is installed and the convert command is located at /usr/bin/convert/. Also, ImageMagick is working properly on another site of mine, Zelda - I've tried reinstalling ImageMagick, but that didn't seem to do anything. Upping the PHP mem limit also didn't help. --Jason 14:32, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
I can't see why it wouldn't be working... the thumb script is reading the proper image, because this test shows that it knows the original size and gives a proper error saying it won't make it bigger. You could try adding some additional output into thumb.php to tell you exactly what command it's attempting to do and then seeing what happens when you replicate that command from the shell? You could also try replacing thumb.php with the 1.10 version and see if that one works. --Nad 21:51, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
I wanted to use a file from 1.10.1, but was unable to find that release for download (nor 1.10.0). I tried 1.10.2, but because the problem began with 1.10.2, it was expected that it would not work. --Jason 11:43, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
When you updated the DB did you move the images folder from the old installation to the new one?--Gregorcy 21:44, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
Yes, and I checked and made sure all images were uploaded properly. --Jason 18:28, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
I know this might seem as though I'm pestering, but does anybody have any clue as to how to fix this issue? It really is of the utmost importance.--Jason 23:38, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
This issue has still not been solved. Nobody has any clue at all? --Jason 01:27, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Since upgrading to 1.11.0, URL rewriting has ceased to work properly. I checked the .htaccess, and rewriting is on. In fact, to go to a URL manually or to search for a page will take you to the correct page with the correct URL. It is only with special functions (such as editing, uploading, viewing history, etc) that the user is taken to the wrong URL.

My previous URL schema was /pagename. I have changed it to /index.php?title=pagename in order to fix this URL issue - clicking on any of the tabs at the top of the page brings you to an odd index.php page when the URL schema is the former. It is, however, crucial that the short URL's are working. --Jason 11:30, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

I'm having this trouble since upgrading to MW1.11 as well, I've found that it's not the rewriting itself, but rather seems to be a problem with having $wgArticlePath set to "/$1", it stops it from being broken by setting it to "/wiki/index.php/$1" (or whatever path your is at), but of course this means that some URL's won't be friendly. I'll let you know when I figure out the problem and get the URL's working properly again. --Nad 12:10, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
I'm narrowing the problem down (see OrganicDesign:MediaWiki 1.11 title extraction bug), and have found the the issue only occurs when $wgUsePathInfo is set to true. The $wgUsePathInfo global is used to allow URL's to specify the article title using a slash after index.php (eg. /wiki/index.php/myArticle). If you ensure that your rewrite rule translates friendly URL's to the full long-form using the title query-string item, then setting $wgUsePathInfo to false will get your friendly URL's working properly again. The only drawback of this is that you won't be able to have titles with un-encoded ampersands in them, but this is far less of a problem than friendly URL's not working at all. --Nad 04:39, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
I narrowed the problem down to a new WebRequest method called extractTitle, but I'm not sure what they're trying to do with it, so until they come up with a proper solution I've just replaced the WebRequest constructor method with the one from MediaWiki 1.10, and made the interpolateTitle method (which makes the calls to the problematic extractTitle method) return without doing anything. This allows $wgUsePathInfo to be set to true allowing /wiki/index.php/foo style requests. See OrganicDesign:MediaWiki 1.11 title extraction bug for details. --Nad 07:08, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Thank you, this solution has fixed the problem. Let's hope they do something with that extra code, else get rid of it altogether. --Jason 11:43, 23 September 2007 (UTC)


Adding link entries into the footer section

Im trying to add links into the footer section and just wondering how to do this through MonoBook.php.
Ive found the section:

		// Generate additional footer links
			<ul id="f-list">
		$footerlinks = array(
			'lastmod', 'viewcount', 'numberofwatchingusers', 'credits', 'copyright',
			'privacy', 'about', 'disclaimer', 'tagline',
		foreach( $footerlinks as $aLink ) {
			if( isset( $this->data[$aLink] ) && $this->data[$aLink] ) {
?>				<li id="<?php echo$aLink?>"><?php $this->html($aLink) ?></li>
<?php 		}

And wish to add page links in here. For example, Id like to have a link in here called:
Change Log
That goes to page


I cant hard code the full url path, because my server is accessed via 2 different urls, so I need to somehow put the new entry in without hardcoding the server name. Thank you. — 23:51, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

There is a global variable called $wgServer which is the domain that the current request is dealing with. Have a look at all the path variables as others may also be of interest. Also if you want to create a link to a title which uses the proper URL format and is independent of the current domain or wiki installation specifics, use the following method:
$url = Title::newFromText('ArticleTitle')->getLocalURL(); # not using any query string items
$url = Title::newFromText('ArticleTitle')->getLocalURL('action=foo'); # using query string items
--Nad 03:41, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Hi Nad! Thank you heaps! You really do know your stuff!!! :>) Thank you.

Config subdirectory unwritable by webserver.

When i go to my wiki, it comes up with a message saying

"In order to configure the wiki you have to make the config subdirectory writable by the web server. Once configuration is done you'll move the created LocalSettings.php to the parent directory, and for added safety you can then remove the config subdirectory entirely."

I do not have access to the server, what should i do? — 15:41, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

You must have had sufficient access to be able to get the MediaWiki installation there, whatever you used for that (eg. an FTP program?) should give you the ability to set permissions on the files. --Nad 21:31, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
I used an FTP client, i dont know which permissions to set to make the directory writable.
You'll need to read the documentation for you ftp client to find out how you go about setting file permissions with it, when you've done that just make the config directory world-writable during install then move the generated LocalSettings.php file into the parent directory and lock the config directory down again or delete it. --Nad 03:50, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your help =)

Can I call a Command Line Tool (in maintenance directory) without command line access?

Is it possible to call the command-line tool (dumpBackup.php for example), located in the maintenance directory, without having access to the command line? I mean - php code should be able to call other php code...

Thanks for help, -PMay 16:54, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

There is a browser-based command line script thingy at phpShell. —color probeTalkContribs 18:11, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

nofollow tags

I'm aware that this probably sounds noobish, but I would like some basic information on how to add the rel="nofollow" attribute to the <a href> tags for a specific interwiki link prefix. The wiki that I aid in administrating is trying to avoid boosting this one site's rankings as much as possible, which is difficult, seeing as we frequently link to them. I'm very inexperienced at PHP coding, and any assistance would be much appreciated. —Linus M. 17:44, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

on every page in Main Namespace

Hi guys!
Id like to include the NEWSECTIONLINK on every page/and every newly-created page, by default in the Main Namespace. Appreciate if someone could give me some pointers. Thanks — 02:44, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Adding the following to your localsettings should do it, no guarantees though ;-) --Nad 04:28, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
$wgHooks['ParserBeforeStrip'][] = 'wfAddNewSectionLink';
function wfAddNewSectionLink(&$parser) {
        if ($parser->mTitle->getNamespace() == NS_MAIN) $parser->mOutput->setNewSection(true);

Thanks Nad champion. I will give it a try :>)
Nad gave it a try and it didnt add. Wondering if there is any way to add this to a template, and the template is called for every page in the Main Namespace.

I tested the code and it does as expected, but make sure you edit and save or add action=purge to ensure you're not viewing cached output, because changes to the script do not invalidate parser-cache content. --Nad 07:38, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
>) Thanks Nad will do.

Showing older versions until the newer version of an artical ain't released

OK, my English is not so good but I hope you'll understand me anyway.

I want to protect my articles of viewing by anyone except a special group. If anyone else is trying to watch these articel, protected by me, he will be shown an older version that was released earlier. It's a kind of quality management. As long the newer informations are not checked by anybody in that special group, the older version of this articel should be shown. Is there any extension or a possibility of MediaWiki to do that? — 06:52, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

This is a popular request, but currently I don't think there is such an extension. --Nad 07:41, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Actually there is Extension:PageProtectionPlus, and Extension:CrudeProtection that seem to address the issue here. Check these out. 12:39, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Neither of those extensions appear to be addressing this requirement. The idea I believe is to limit the default public view of an article to a certain revision until a member of an authorised group releases it to either the current or a more recent revision. None of the current security extensions are dealing with revisions, but rather just deny access completely to certain content of all revisions. --Nad 22:20, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Exactly. Those extensions doesn't accomplish the requirements -- 12:12, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
I don't think this is too difficult to achieve and I'm working on a simple extension to do it, your comments about the method would be welcome, see OrganicDesign:Talk:Extension:PublicRevision.php --Nad 11:20, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Upload files directly into a page

Just wondering if there is an extension that will allow you to upload files directly into a page instead of using the "Upload File" option, which you then have to reference what file you have uploaded into the page. — 08:41, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

No, sorry. You do have to admit, though, that refrencing it inside an article makes it appear neater when you go to edit it. 12:45, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

write a message at the top of the article

I want to display one message at top of any any article that will be decided by administrator. Please have one look at w:en:Honesty and tell me how to implement it in mediawiki
Thanks in advance
Bpishere 11:00, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

That's just a template, you can see it in the source if you edit the page. Are you meaning that you want a message to appear on all pages without adding a template to the source? --Nad 20:58, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Sounds like the global $wgSiteNotice is what you are after. You can set it in LocalSettings.php. --Rob 21:19, 29 September 2007 (UTC)


Whenever I try to enter my wiki, this error pops up:
Warning: posix_uname() has been disabled for security reasons in /home/diez2/public_html/wiki/includes/Setup.php on line 80

Also, the function in setup.php on line 80 is:

if ( function_exists( 'posix_uname' ) ) {
	$wguname = posix_uname();
	$wgNodeName = $wguname['nodename'];
} else {
	$wgNodeName = '';

What is going on here? 12:38, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

It's probably that your hosting provider has disabled the uname functionality at the OS level but has not disabled it from PHP. The php.ini needs to be edited to remove the uname function. Alternatvely just hack the code by removing the condition above and setting $wgNodeName to the empty string. --Nad 21:03, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

DynamicPageList2 and MW 1.11

This is a Simple Forms issue so I've moved it to Extension talk:Simple Forms --Nad 21:09, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Searching for content directly from mySql

I am trying to generate a SQL Query so I can do some custom search's on the database trying to find some information. Can someone please help me with this query? I don't think I have it 100% correct to only pull CURRENT articles that match certain items i will insert into the query string.

	page_title like '%A Title%'
	AND old_text not like '%#REDIRECT%'
	AND page_id=rev_page
	AND page_latest=rev_id
	AND rev_text_id=old_id
	page_title 22:27, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I'm sorry I can't help you with finding the current version because I have only downloaded the dump without the old versions. But one hint: replace "AND old_text not like '%#REDIRECT%'" with "AND page_is_redirect=0". This should improve the performance significantly.

Optimizing for Mobile Phone


I'd like to optimize my wiki specially for mobile phones. So I have to limit the size of pages and images. How can I manage this, I couldn't find any informations about this topic. THX

Hfritschi 07:16, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

The chick skin which is one of the out-of-the-box skins is considered to be a minimal skin for use with low-resolution devices. --Nad 08:28, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your advice I changed the skin to chick but it's not exactly what I want because the skin is changed when I open the page on my mobile. I'd like to limit the count of characters so the pages won't be to big for downloading on the mobile. --Hfritschi 13:52, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

I once submitted something similar as bugzilla:9711; maybe this is something more likely to be done on API. Tizio 14:51, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
It would be reasonably easy to modify a copy of an existing skin such as monobook to provide simpler output. If you have some knowlege of php you could, for example, make a function that would truncate the page after the first paragraph (before the table of contents). This usually gives quite a good summary of the page and would probably be small enough to be useful on a phone. --Rob 21:33, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Problems Installing Wiki on Godaddy Hosting

Hi i am new to mediawiki and have always wanted to install a wiki on my site but for the past few days i've been having quite a bit of errors with different versions of your installs i first downloaded 1.6 and it gave me an error saying the string was to long(1024) when inserting into mysql db then i downloaded 1.11(current version) it gave me the same error so finally i downloaded 1.9.3 then i received error saying incorrect php version(my hosting has 5) so i fixed that now i have the page successfully installed but when i click the link it provides after the install i get a blank white page i know the php script is working because if you try just typing it automatically puts in has anyone else had this problem with there installing of the wiki on there godaddy hosting? —Idiot nation2000 14:57, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

I just installed 1.0.11 on GoDaddy Economy/Linux (the cheapest shared hosting) a couple of days ago. It installed flawlessly the first time & everything seems to work fine (so far). So my thoughts are - why you're trying to install older versions, and did you remember to move the config/LocalSettings? 19:32, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Installed several version of MediaWiki, as well as used both PHP4 and PHP5 but continued to receive blank pages. Solution was to change $wgDisableOutputCompression to true in LocalSettings.php -- 04:40, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Delete old Image-version?

Is it possible to delete old Image-Versions permanently?

I've seen that they are stored in the folder "deleted" and were renamed, so I don't know which pic I could delete. Is there any better way to do this?

Thanks for help! — 21:35, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Site logo only showing on EDIT pages. Does not appear when viewing page directly

Just did a fresh install. I have $wgLogo configured correctly, but it does not show on my pages when viewing them normally. It does however show when I go to edit a page. I am assuming this is an issue with some script path. Any suggestions? Thanks. -- 21:36, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

That's really odd - can you see a difference in the html source around the image in normal view compared to edit? or perhaps it's to do with JS being loaded in edit and not in normal view - the transparency fix in wikibits.js may be affecting it? --Nad 00:16, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Got the same problem. My problem was that I set the path to the logo relatively ( ./images/mylogo.png ). That won't work 'caus the URL changes between edit and view-mode. Just gave a explicit address ( http://myurl:port/images/mylogo.png ) and it worked. Hope that it's helpful for you. Mfg, Chris


The uploading to my site is working great except when its a rather large image. Instead of creating a thumbnail for it, it's taking me to a blank page. I have other images that are smaller that are working fine.

Here is an example of one not working: [[1]] The direct link here [[2]] where it uploaded is fine..

As you can see from my [Imagelist] it's working fine for the other images.

What am I doing wrong? —Eroc 21:53, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

  • sorry I scewed up and didn't include a headline, hope this fixed it... -Eroc 21:56, 25 September 2007 (UTC)


Hi there,

I'm a newbie with wikimedia. I installed it described in the manual and it works fine. Now I have one problem. We want to use wikimedia in our intranet. For the usage, it is necessary, that we can place links to files on our fileserver. But the only links i can set, are http, ftp, media and picture. I read some faq's, but i didn't found an answer. how can I link e. g. *.doc - files on a intranet - fileserver?

thank you


Donhuan78p 08:35, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

You can add the file:// protocol to $wgUrlProtocols but your browser will still not allow the links to work. You need to adjust the browser settings or add a plug-in, for example see the LocalLink extension for Firefox. --Nad 08:59, 26 September 2007 (UTC)



i am using mediawiki version 1.11 and now i want to use the geshi extension. i installed it how the manual tells but it doesn't work. please help me.

thx gorac 11:35, 26 September 2007 (UTC) There are many different GeSHi extensions, which one did you use? and what are the details of the problem that's happening?

-- 18:08, 13 October 2007 (UTC) I have the same problem, using "SyntaxHighlight GeSHi" (it works fine before upgrade). Any tips or fix ?

Adding HTML

Can I add an html. link into the Main page?

You have to have $wgRawHTML set to true in your LocalSettings.php, see Manual:$wgRawHtml, to be able to use HTML --Dr DBW | talk 22:42, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
$wgRawHTML is very dangerous. Use Extension:HTMLets -- Duesentrieb 23:30, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Question about ifexist

Hi all,

I'm a user at the galician wikipedia. We have some images there in .jpg format that exist in commons in .svg format, and a template that uses the images in .jpg. I tried to use the expression {{#ifexist:}} to choose the svg image if it exists in commons and the local jpg if not, but i realized that this can't be done, it just can check wether a local page exists or not. Does anyone know if there is some way to do this check? I hope I have explained myself, if not just let me know. Thanks in advance. —Banjo 20:19, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

I don't think you can do a condition on an external item like that, you could try doing an interwiki-transclusion inside a condition, but I don't think it would be a very good idea as it would make the site unresponsive. --Nad 02:23, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Random page in different namespaces

If you click on Special:Random you go to a page in the main namespace. If you click on Special:Random/Help you go to a page in the help namespace. Is is possible to specify which namespaces will be included if you click on Special:Random? Or does there exist another way for doing this? SPQRobin 21:23, 26 September 2007 (UTC)



I'm running MediaWiki 1.11.0, and I am experiencing problems with the {{BASEPAGENAME}} variable which does not seem to work correctly for sub-pages. For a Page named Something:Foo/Bar, instead of returning 'Foo', it returns 'Foo/Bar'. Any ideas? — 23:47, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Solved. Finally found Manual:$wgNamespacesWithSubpages. -- 23:57, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

image directory permissions

With $wgHashedUploadDirectory set to true, MediaWiki 1.11.0 is creating image subdirectories with permissions=644. That's not good; they need to be 755. Is this a known issue? Is there some configuration option I need to set?

MediaWiki: 1.11.0, PHP: 5.2.4/phpsuexec, MySQL: 4.1.22-standard, Linux — 01:02, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Actually, the subdirectories in images are being set to 744 (not 644 as above). They need to be 755. safe_mode is off, open_base_dir is unset. Help! 14:40, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
Same issue on my server, do you have any clue to correct this problem? It's really driving me crazy :(, thanx a lot. 18:05, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
Why's it a problem? as long as they're owned by the same user as php runs as it's the 7 that counts not the 44 or 55 or whatever. What's the actual problem that's occuring. It's strange though, all the mediawiki 1.11 code indicates that the image subdirectories are created with mode 777 so it must be some environment issue --Nad 19:54, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
Well my directories are created with user: www and group: myusername. Permissions are set to 0755, so I (group: myusername) can't remove any directory manually. I can confirm that wfMkdirParents is called with mode 0777 but each directory is 0755. Is there another way to set permissions at least to 0775? Thanx a lot. 02:15, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
Any clues for me? :) Thanx. 14:20, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

I have the same issues here - has this progressed any further? 12:17, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

I just edited includes/GlobalFunctions.php and changed wfMkdirParents. In my 1.11.1 install it claimed to have "777" for a default but it doesn't actually work. You need to do a little trick with 'umask' around the actual mkdir call. Here's what I did. I replaced the 'return mkdir ...' line in that function with:

       $old_mask = umask(0);
       $val = mkdir( str_replace( '/', DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR, $fullDir ), $mode, true );
       return $val;

This seems to have fixed it for me. Sk4p 15:12, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

I had the same problem in 1.11, and this has fixed it for me. Thanks. 10:22, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

PHP settings for regular expressions

I'm trying to create Belarusian Tarashkevitsa Cyrillic <-> Latin converter based on Crimean-Tatar converter written by AlefZet.

I tested it on XAMPP 1.6.3a (Apache HTTPD 2.2.4, MySQL 5.0.45, PHP 5.2.3) for WinXP with MediaWiki 1.11.0, but it's works incorrectly in cases where regular expressions with Cyrillic characters (UTF-8) are involved.

What is correct configuration of PHP (php.ini) must be for work of regular expressions with UTF-8 characters?

Thank you for help.

EugeneZelenko 03:18, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Are you using preg or ereg? preg will usually handle exotic features more robustly and also usually perform faster then the native PHP ones. --Nad 04:48, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Converter uses preg_replace. Regular expressions which works incorrectly are very simple ones like С[Ьь].
You could see converter code in be-x-old:Удзельнік:EugeneZelenko/Канвэртар.
EugeneZelenko 13:36, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Wiki- Visitor Count

The OSC practice has the following WIKI We wanted to know more about he visitor count for this page. The count is provided at the bottom of the page. Is the count set to "0" (Zero) begining of every month or its a cummulative count that is depicted in the page. — 04:00, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Accumulative. --Dr DBW | talk 00:25, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Hope someone else can verify this.....(Bug? or not design)

Hi guys. This is most likely by design, but I thought Id mention it.
I want to use the Extension ArticletoCategory, so when I go to a Category page, I can enter the name of a new page in a text box, and it threads in automatically, the Category name.
This works fine on its own.
However, I also use the Extension Preloader, and i have a 1 liner in the file Template:Boilerplate , which I attach to all pages created in the Main Namespace by default. It is __NEWSECTIONLINK__ . It looks like you cant use the Preloader and Template Boilerplate WITH the Extension ArticleToCategory. What happens is that if you try and create a new page FROM a Category page, and input the name of the new page, the Extension ArticleToCategory ceases to work, and the Category name is not automatically inserted into the new page's contents. Only the Preloader text is there. If someone else could verify this, or could tell me that you cant use Preloader with Extension ArticleToCategory, that would be great. I would also be great if you could use both together. Thank you. 07:14, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

allow registration only after confirmation by SYSOP

I wonder if it is possible to allow user registration only after confirmation/approvement by SYSOP. Couldn't find it anywhere. -- 09:32, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

There is an extension called ConfirmAccount which you could try. —color probeTalkContribs 18:05, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Create own Categories

Is it possible to create own Categories, so I can add pages to this "category"?

Example: I'm planning a wiki about books and want to allocate this book to an author, so I get a complete listing of all books from this author automatically. If I do this with a Category, the page has the name "Category:Name of the Author". My wish is, to get the name "Author:Name of the Author". Is there any way to do this?

Thanks for help - 10:58, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Categories are a special namespace and there can't be multiple ones that work like that, you could change the textual name of NS_CATEGORY, but that would mean all categories would then be authors. A couple of ways which would work but are a bit of a hack are:
  • Put {{DISPLAYTITLE:Author:{{PAGENAME}}}} in the author category to change its displayed title, then create corresponding article called "Author:xxxx" which redirect to the appropriate category.
  • Create articles of the name Author:xxxxx which contain DPL queries of the form {{#dpl:category={{PAGENAME}}|mode=category}} which would then behave just like the category page would do.

Both methods should have the "Author" namespace added. --Nad 11:16, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Cannot Upload foto's it gives a Internal error....

I Cannot upload anything on my wiki. If i do that it gives this error.

Internal error

Could not create directory "public/e/ea".

I made the directory public in my wiki dir and chmod 777 on it. But still no succes. Please help me !

Thank you, Bombaci — 12:22, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Make sure the directory is owned by the same user/group as the webserver, if still no luck you may find that PHP has been given restricted access in which case you can set $wgHashedUploadDirectory to false so that directories do not need to be created when uploading files. --Nad 20:59, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
I ran into this same issue, and the solution was to make the wiki/images directory and its subdirectories writable. From the wiki directory run this command:
chmod 777 -R -f images
The public directory referred to in the error message is a bit of a red herring as it doesn't seem to exist before or after the file upload process. --rmanhammer 22:33, 21 November 2007 (EST)
I also had this problem. One of the directories under images/ was created by the apache daemon, with mode rwxr-sr--x. 16:05, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.11.0 - IE7 Bugs with SearchPortlet / wgServer undefined? Need help please!

Hi, i moved with my wiki from keyweb to -> redirects now to the new site: There i got 2 problems with the Internet Explorer 7 (6 not tested). In Firefox i can enter a searchstring in the search-portlet and can press enter to search for. Works fine. But when i enter a string in IE there i got an error from the IE which says: 'wgServer' is undefined....Line 43 but dont know which file.... but i can press the "artikel" button to do the search, that works but the second problem is that the enter button does not work in IE to perform a search!

can anybody help me please? — 12:23, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

MediaWiki and Oracle???


we want to build a little troubleshooting database and wanted to realize this with mediawiki and oracle. i saw that in version 1.6 mediawiki had a point oracle (experimental) included. but now i cannot find anything about mediawiki and oracle. can someone tell me if there is a possibility to run mediawiki with an oracle database? or might that feature be implemented in later releases?

thanx for ur ansers so far thomas 14:00, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Auto Refreshing pages in Mediawiki

Guys! Id like to add the below code to EVERY page of my wiki into the <head> section, which auto refreshes the current page every 60 seconds. Im not sure which php file to add this to, whether its skin.php, index.php etc. Thank you.

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="60" /> 22:43, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Best not to hack scripts in the codebase, add the following to your localsettings.php --Nad 01:49, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
$wgExtensionFunctions[] = 'wfAddRefresh';
function wfAddRefresh() {
	global $wgOut;
	$wgOut->addScript('<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="60" />');

Hi Nad :>) As always a huge thankyou.

UML Class Diagram

Hi, I am a Computer Science Student in BC Canada. I am currently studying your MediaWiki source code and seeing how I can integrate it into my Practicum Project. I am wondering if you have a UML Class Diagram or Flow Charts that you can provide to help me get an overview of the interaction between the modules/classes? You can contact me via my E-Mail address at — 01:06, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Page Title Heading Not Present

Noticed that Wikipedia on the Main Page does not have the page title heading at the top. How do you do that? --Dr DBW | talk 02:19, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Found it Help:FAQ#How_do_I_hide_the_main_page_title.3F --Dr DBW | talk 03:17, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Have added h1.firstHeading { display: none; } to MediaWiki:common.css, cleared cache of the page, and the page title is still there. The correct classes are present in the source, so it should work, but it doesn't ;-( Any suggestions on why / what I have done wrong? --Dr DBW | talk 03:47, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Anyone got an idea on why this isn't working? --Dr DBW | talk 07:33, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
Worked it out, wrong page title. It is meant to be MediaWiki:Common.css NOT MediaWiki:common.css --Dr DBW | talk 01:11, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

My tables do not have a border

I have a basic MediaWiki installation. With very few extensions and no URL rewriting stuff. But when I insert a table into an article it doesnt have a border. Wiki URL ist

Can anybody maybe give me a hint? Maybe some CSS error? —PMay 11:28, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

I can't see any examples of tables on your wiki. Can you create a page with a table that shows this behaviour. --Rob 21:12, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks Rob! Here is the Example: Do you "see" anything that could be wrong? Thanks! - PMay 08:53, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

IFRAMES in Mediawiki? Is this possible?

Hi guys. Im just wondering if mediawiki supports the use of iframes. Im trying to do the following from MonoBook.php....

<iframe id="gumax-site-logo" src="skins/refreshing.php"></iframe>
Just not sure if this is possible or not. Thank you. — 12:38, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Warning: Unknow...

I have this two problems:

Warning: Unknown: open(tcp://, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (tcp:// in Unknown on line 0

And I cannot login in.

which is the problem?

Thanks ^^

(Media Wiki 1.11.0)

-- 16:03, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

The port 11211 which is referred to in the error is the one usually used by memcached, so you may have a sophisticated memory caching system setup for your session handling which is not supposed to be enabled (in which case the value for session.save_path would be something like /var/lib/php5 instead of tcp://, or is not configured properly. --Nad 05:23, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Editing of sections of multisection articles is impossible in my wiki. why? how to change?

Editing of sections of multisection articles is impossible in my wiki. why? how to change?

When I try to alter a section of a multisection article in my wiki I only get an empty edit window but not with the text of the selected section. Please see the test entry on the link above.

What can I do to correct this?

Thanks a lot for your help!

JB82 16:17, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

If you look at the URL of the secton-edit links you'll see that they're not correct, they have "?section=" instead of "&section=" (question-mark instead of ampersand). I don't know what may be the reason for that, but that's what needs to be fixed to get your section edit links working again. --Nad 05:21, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Database abstraction for Oracle

Is anyone working on porting Wikimedia to the Oracle database. The last entry I can find is from 2005.

Thanks in advance. —Phogan 21:36, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Problems with Umlauts (sorry, might be a FAQ)

When submitting a edit page that contains umlauts (äöü), my browser just receives an empty page and the page is not saved to the database. Submitting a page without umlaut characters works. I am grateful for any help, contact me at

phpinfo() gives:

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Module Name
sysvshm 10:15, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Problem with uselang

I created an Upload page in Vietnamese Wikipedia using another language, for example, uselang=vi-ownwork, I've changed MediaWiki:Licenses/vi-ownwork to show appropriate Licenses to choose, but as you can see here and here, it doesn't show exactly. Can you help? —Vinhtantran 11:55, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Unable to access article entitled C++

Hi, I wrote two articles entitled "C" and "C++", being articles relating to the two programming languages. When I tried to access "C++", the website returns "C". How can I access the article, "C++"? — PM Poon 18:44, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

The plus symbol translates to a space in URL encoding so you'll find that you can't type it directly in as a browser address, but if you create a link such as this, C++, you'll see it takes you to a percent-encoded version called "C%2B%2B". --Nad 21:40, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Problem with InputBox, type=search

Hello, I'm an administrator of an Italian wiki, part of Wikia project. I posted once a few weeks ago. I have a problem with the inputbox tag, but I think it's a kind of compatibility problem, rather that a bug in the extension. Let me explain:

I use inputbox for searching issues, I have to create a tool that searches words inside the Namespace "Forum:". I've read on the "Parameters" chapter of the help-page of Inputbox extension how to do this. On the example included on the page, I put a string ("foo" for example) and checked the "Help" namespace. I clicked, it produced the URL:
And it showed me the occurrences in the namespace "Help:". Everything's ok.

So I put this code on my wiki:

searchbuttonlabel=Cerca nel forum

I put the string "prova", I checked "Forum" namespace, I clicked, it produced the correct URL:
BUT... it showed me the occurrences in the global namespace. Why in this wiki the same URL does work fine and in Wikia wikis does not? They have different versions? Some kind of compatibility and/or localization problem?
I found that this URL works fine:
But I cannot tell this to inputbox... Is there a workaround or I simply have to renounce to my poor searching-tool? —Heavymachinegun 22:35, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Short URLs with subdomain giving 404 when containing a slash

Hi! I recently installed a MediaWiki 1.11.0 on an Apache 1.3(cgi), PHP 5.2.2 and MySQL 4.1.22 server. I used the Subdomain with no Subdirectory in Article URL method to shorten my URLs. But now, when a page contains a slash, it gives me a 404 error message. What should I do? — 06:16, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Uploading+upload log error, possibly missing a table in SQL DB

Our server got hit by some hackers yesterday. They managed to replace every file with "index" in it's filename. I managed to restore all the index pages (dragged and dropped entire directories from a month-old backup), but now I'm having a problem with file uploading and the upload log:

A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:

(SQL query hidden)

from within function "LogReader::getRows". MySQL returned error "1146: Table '<wiki_DB_name>.logging' doesn't exist (localhost)".

At first glance, it looks like an entire table got wiped out from the SQL database, yet I was assured these hackers never got to the SQL database server. Is this a glitch in the PHP code somewhere that I created by just dragging and dropping entire directories, or do I need to manually recreate this table and consider our entire upload log lost?

If I need to recreate it, I'll need a walkthrough on what tables/attributes I need to create.

Mediawiki Version: 1.6.9
PHP Version: 4.4.7
SQL Version: 4.1.22-standard 14:18, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Updated my own question

I found the mediawiki page that described the logging table, and managed to stumble my way through recreating it. Looks like we just lost our entire logging table. Oh well, not like anything was under investigation at that time.
-- 14:40, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

More problems, lost upload abilities again

Just tried to upload another picture, and apparently it wasn't enough to recreate the table.

 A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:

(SQL query hidden)

from within function "LogPage::saveContent". MySQL returned error "1062: Duplicate entry 'upload-1-6' for key 1 (localhost)".

How do I get out of this problem now?
-- 15:28, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Wrong key type, problem fixed

Mistook the key type from the page I got the table info from (Logging table) and had the field wrong. The SQL command DESCRIBE `logging` was telling me that my keys were PRI when they were supposed to be MUL. Got the change made and the upload worked like a charm. The lesson: Let the wiki's installation scripts do all the table creation for you. :)
-- 15:55, 30 September 2007 (UTC)


ImageMagick don't make thumbnails, but the directory is created with good rights. I have ImageMagick 6.3.2 and Fedora 7 with SELinux disabled. My localsettings.php are OK

$wgEnableUploads = true;

$wgUseImageMagick = true; $wgUseImageResize = true;

$wgImageMagickConvertCommand = "/usr/bin/convert";

I have this error on my http log : /bin/bash^M: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

I have the shell /bin/bash on my machine

I have remove end of line from this file and now I have bin/ line 4: 1  : ambiguous redirect

I have done this file conversion for all files in bin directory of the wiki (from CRLF to LF) Now it works. It would be nice to add this to the Troubleshoot guide about thumbnail creation.

Now, I have restarted SELinux and it works good.

Pppswing 15:25, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Installing Google Analytics

I would like to track my MediaWiki stats using Google Analytics.

Can someone point me to resources to help me identify how to do this?

nkaiser 08:47, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Add the following to your LocalSettings.php,
$wgExtensionFunctions[] = 'wfGoogleAnalytics';
function wfGoogleAnalytics() {
	global $wgOut;
	$wgOut->addScript('<script src="" type="text/javascript"/>
	<script type="text/javascript">_uacct = "UA-xxxx-x";urchinTracker();</script>');

Change the xxxx-x to your own Google Analytics account number. --Nad 20:31, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Index page rendering blank

I just upgraded my MediaWiki installation to that latest version. The installation went just fine. However, when I browse to the wiki's root page, nothing renders, I just get a blank page.

For example: doesn't render anything But on the other hand: works as it did before.

What gives? 18:20, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

What is you $wgArticlePath setting? if you're using short-url's you'll need to set $wgUsePathInfo to false, or patch the WebRequest.php, see OrganicDesign:MediaWiki 1.11 title extraction bug --Nad 21:05, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

Nope. That didn't fix it. Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm not using short urls.

Special Upload Pages in Malayalam wikipedia

Hello All,

I am from Malayalam Wikipedia. We are having a problem with Special page in Malayalam Wikipedia. I approached English wikipedia and had a discussion regarding this in my talk page. See w:en:User_talk:Shijualex#Special_Pages_in_local_wikis for details.

We are trying to create the special upload pages as in the English Wikipedia (w:en:Wikipedia:Upload). As an experiment we started with the upload page We have done all possible options to get the page as in English Wikipedia. Everything worked out fine but we have some problem with the License drop down list.

We are able to create the special page for uploading in Malayalam Wikipedia. As an experiment we have created/mofified the special upload page that is avaiable at in English Wikipedia. See the corresponding page in Malayalam Wikipedia at

But the license part is still creating problem. The license that is used in English wiki is available at w:en:MediaWiki:Licenses/en-ownwork. We have created the same license in Malayalam Wiki. See that at w:ml:MediaWiki:Licenses/en-ownwork. But still the license drop down list in this special page is showing the licenses that are defined at w:ml:MediaWiki:Licenses. We want this special page to show the same licenses as in English Wikipedia. How can we achieve this? Thanks in advance.

Shijualex 18:45, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

You need to set $wgUseDatabaseMessages to use modified messages in the MediaWiki namespace. Or you need to run the rebuildMessages.php maintenance script. --Nad 21:15, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

Help in Mediawiki paths's a couple of good links to youtube firebug tutorials at OrganicDesign:Firefox --Nad 09:12, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks so much for your help Nad...will get cracking on it now...:>)

Nad, on inspecting it through firebug, the first image isnt part of the galleryarray. It seems like the glob loads all images from the panorama folder in the following format:

 var galleryarray = new Array();


Excellent progress :-) it must be that same old function that's the problem then because that's where galleryarray gets its values, does the FAKEPATH experiment show up in the galleryarray?

global $IP;
$images = glob(dirname(__FILE__).'/panorama/*.jpg'); # or $IP/skins/.....panaroma/*.jpg
foreach ($images AS $k=>$v) $images[$k] = ereg_replace("^$IP","/",$v); # note another fix, this needs to be / not empty (I think)
$indx = 0;
$init_pic = $images[array_rand($images)];
foreach($images AS $pic)
      echo "galleryarray[$indx]='$pic';

The dirname must be correct because it's getting the correct list of images, but the conversion from the internal path to the external one isn't quite working. --Nad 10:24, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

I think I know what the problem is - there's two sets of images here, the ones we were originally accessing were in mediawiki/panorama - the same place the script is located, but the others are the ones in the skin directory. I've added some comments to the code above for using one or the other image location. --Nad 10:31, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi Nad :>) Okay....would like to give you a summary: :>)

Correct GuMax.php location /var/www/html/mediawiki/skins
Correct Panorama location /var/www/html/mediawiki/skins With:
$images = glob('$IP/skins/panorama/*.jpg');
No Image displayed --> right click on div ----> http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/ (This is what its pointing to for some reason)
$images = glob('/panorama/*.jpg');
First load---> image is displayed --> path still wrong though --> http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/panorama/vervet_monkey.jpg
Subsequent images point to http://fire/mediawiki/index.php/panorama/test.jpg

First image loaded ---> http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/panorama/vervet_monkey.jpg
$images = glob('panorama/*.jpg');
Subsequent images fail ----> http://fire/mediawiki/index.php/panorama/vervet_monkey.jpg
still set at
$images = glob('panorama/*.jpg');
Dummy entry for
$images = glob('FAKE/*.jpg');
On page load ----> nothing displayed ---> pointing to: http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/
Subsequent images after first one
---> http://fire/mediawiki/index.php/undefined
If I try:
$images = glob('skins/gumax/panorama/*.jpg');
On page load ----->http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/skins/gumax/panorama/mono_lake_936x267.jpg
Subsequent images ---> http://fire/mediawiki/index.php/skins/gumax/panorama/roadofnoreturn2.jpg
If I try:
$images = glob(dirname(__FILE__).'panorama/*.jpg'); # or $IP/skins/.....panaroma/*.jpg
On page load: http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/ ----> No picture
Subsequent images: http://fire/mediawiki/index.php/undefined

Ok I've updated the script above again based on the correct path to panorama (note that it must be double quotes not single otherwise $IP will not expand). Also the slash in the replace was wrong afterall because $IP has no slash on the end... --Nad 11:28, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

In FireFox, if I put a dummy entry in for
$images = glob('FAKE/*.jpg'); The array returned is still

ar galleryarray = new Array();

The image loads on first load, then the status quo.
If I now load up IE, if I keep this same fake entry, no pic and path points to http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/.
If I change back the path to $images = glob('panorama/*.jpg');, the image returns on first load.

I feel defeated on this...but ill keep trying.

Have you got caching turned off? $wgCachePages and $wgEnableParserCache, the page may not contain the most recent code. --Nad 11:50, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Nad I tried your updated code...
Path I get now is ---> http://skins/panorama/death_valley_flowers_panorama.jpg
When the code is:

global $IP;
$images = glob(dirname(__FILE__).'/panorama/*.jpg'); # or $IP/skins/.....panaroma/*.jpg
foreach ($images AS $k=>$v) $images[$k] = ereg_replace("^$IP","/",$v); # note another fix, this needs to be / not empty (I think)
$indx = 0;
$init_pic = $images[array_rand($images)];
foreach($images AS $pic)
      echo "galleryarray[$indx]='$pic';

Nad I did a test.
I wanted to see why skins/gumax was being placed in the path. So I went to my other machine, and copied the code directly into Monobook.php, and loaded this skin. I created a folder called Panorama in skins/panorama. When I loaded the page, I saw the following:


It looks like whatever skin you use, it will automatically put in /skins/<skin_folder> ???? It looks like something is calling the skin folder whatever skin you use.
So, on first load:
http://fire/mediawiki/skins/gumax/panorama/namibie_desert.jpg ---> picture displayed. where the skins/gumax is loaded, but this isnt part of the array. Then on subsequent loads, the /skins/gumax is not loaded, thus:
http://fire/mediawiki/index.php/panorama/vervet_monkey.jpg and no picture.

I don't really know what else to suggest, but those array values need their preceeding path, so if they don't have it then that's one problem. Another seems to be that the array values aren't even being used so again focus firebug's watching on the points in the code where the img tags are constructed. Ensure all caching is turned off too. --Nad 21:43, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Nad, I cant thank you enough for all your help. Im still working on this :>)
What I did find is that if, in the div section for the panorama, where I want to echo out the random image files, if I hardcode the path to the panorama folder, then hardcode an image name, this works. It looks like it is just the variable now that I have to sort. I can hardcode the full path to the panorama folder, so I just need a way to return JUST the random image name variable to append to the full path, and then it will work 100%. I dont know how to do this part though.
So, I have the following........

<?php   echo '<img src="http://fire/mediawiki/skins/panorama/' . imagename.jpg. '" />'; ?> -->

The above works fine
What I need to be able to do is to just have the imagename.jpg returned as a variable, instead of hard coding this. I can keep the first part (http://fire/mediawiki/skins/panorama/), but just need to somehow return the imagename as a variable.


Is anyone doing any work on the addition of microformat [3] support to MediaWiki, either to facilitate their use by editors, in articles, or as part of MediaWiki itself, such as for user-profiles? I'd be quite happy to advise, having added microformats to many templates on Wikipedia. Pigsonthewing 10:17, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

past special intermediate

Hi! How can I past special intermediate page, while my extension module is working? — 10:59, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Not sure what you mean, more detail please --Nad 11:30, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Changing interface messages

After looking under MediaWiki I think there is a way to change names add new names in Navigation under special pages "system message" but since I try to edit it say "This page provides interface text for the software, and is locked to prevent abuse" How can I make an admin account? The one I made during setup, I have login that and no luck. Dean

There should be at least one sysop account from which you can set other accounts to sysop. You need to be a sysop to change the system messages, but also for those changes to take effect you have to set $wgUseDatabaseMessages to true in your LocalSettings.php. --Nad 21:38, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

SVG rasterizer produces insufficient result

Hi. Like Wikipedia my wiki uses a software which rasterizes SVG graphics into bitmaps but the results of it are different than the ones you can see on wikipedia. For example, I copied the following file to my wiki: which on this wiki looks like on wikipedia: Nuvola apps important.svg

On my wiki the gradient looks weird.
I use ImageMagick to rasterize the SVG.
Does anybody know what to use to achieve the same results like on wikipedia or this wiki ?

Thanks in advance. —Sternenfaenger 15:24, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

I found the following link 16:09, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
MediaWiki can use a number of utilities to rasterise SVG's which are listed in the $wgSVGConverters variable. The default is ImageMagick but it produces very bad results. The one the Wikimedia projects use is rsvg. You must install the utility you want to use and then set $wgSVGConverter to one of the corresponding item from the $wgSVGConverters list. --Nad 21:11, 2 October 2007 (UTC)


I have MediaWiki on multiple servers. I make a lot of links from one server to another. I've noticed that when I link encode a page name with a single quote, it turns the quote into ".27" instead of "%27". Why? What do I have to do to fix this? Kainaw 23:04, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

I cant get templates to work on my wiki

I try to post a template when I edit a page and it just links for a place to create a new wiki about whatever the template was titled... — 23:06, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Can you provide a syntax example you were trying wrapped in <nowiki> tags please. For example;

Make a template Template:Foo, and embed it with {{Foo}}, or embed a page from the main namespace Foo with {{:Foo}} (note the colon before the article name) --Zven 01:48, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

How to Rename the Wiki

Would someone please advise in simple terms: How do you rename the wiki itself? If it can't renamed, how do I fake it, so that users see the new/correct name? (MW 1.11.0 phpMyAdmin MySQL 5.0 GoDaddy) I apologize if I'm missing the obvious & thank you immensely for your assistance. — 12:11, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

So you wish to actually rename an entire wiki? Wouldn't that involve a complete altering of the url? Other than that, it would just mean a lot of moves and changes in wording around the place, I suppose, considering that a wiki is simply a compilation of pages, I guess. Don't quote me though, I'm just taking semi-educated guesses. --AnonDiss 13:57, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
The name of the wiki is set in $wgSitename, that name is available in wikitext from {{ns:4}} (the meta namespace) unless that is set to something else with $wgMetaNamespace --Nad 19:52, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Thank you. My original confusion was that Manual:LocalSettings.php says to never edit DefaultSettings.php, but rather copy the line & modify it in LocalSettings.php. But Manual:$wgSitename says it "should always be changed from the DefaultSettings.php". Now I'm even more confused about the MetaNamespace. So would someone please clarify a) where it should be changed (Default or Local), and now b) whether I'm changing the SiteName or the MetaNamespace? I'm not concerned with changing the databasename (we'll only have one wiki), and the install is brand new (no data yet). But I don't want the darned typo in the Wiki Name to be repeated/perpetuated all over the site. Next purchase - a keyboard that can spell ;-) Assistance please. Thank you!

See also: Change the name of the wiki --AnonDiss 02:09, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
You should try to make changes only to the LocalSettings.php file, it's especially bad form to make changes to the main code-base which is in the includes directory. Regarding the metaNamespace, I'd recommend that if there's any confusion at all to leave the metaNamespace alone so it defaults to the same as sitename (which you set from localsettings to the name of the wiki/site). --Nad 02:49, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
I looked at the line about "default setting" you were referring to in $wgSitename and changed the wording slightly - it was not referring to the DefaultSettings.php, but rather was saying that $wgSitename should always be set to something and not left with its default value. --Nad 02:52, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Stopping spoof signups

How do you stop spoofing software from trying to signup on a wiki? Basically, I'm looking to stop the influx of confirmation emails for fake accounts that are bouncing and getting returned to my inbox.

Thanks! — 19:20, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Extension:ConfirmEdit allows you to prevent robots from using the registration form and/or from editing --Nad 19:56, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

user rights error

hi. if i add the line

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createaccount'] = false;

to local settings then for some reason i get error on the main page and can no longer get to the login page. (commenting it out removes the problem)

the only other settings i have added are:

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit']    = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edit'] = true;

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['read']    = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['read'] = true;

i am running v1.7.1 on debian etch php 5.2.0 mysql 5.0.32

thanks — 22:56, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

What is the error you're getting? Also you'll need to ensure that at least the login page is in the $wgWhitelistRead list --Nad 23:37, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

(Installation Help)

I follow the installation directions, set the config file permissions to 777 and uploaded the media wiki folder to my server root. But when I type in the URL to configure meidawiki it says there is a misconfiguration error. I also have joomla installed in the root. I am not sure if this is the issue. I am using version 1.6.10.

Can you send some advise?

Thank you for your help, Chris — 01:38, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

There should be no problem having any other php applications running. What steps of the installation process have you completed so far, and what was the exact error. Also unless you're using 1.6 because you require php4, I'd strongly recommend upgrading to the current version as 1.6 is very old and is incompatible with many extensions. --Nad 03:54, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Strange Redirect Occurring

I have been running my wiki at and for some reason links are automatically redirecting to which is an incorrect URL... Any suggestions for why this might be happening?

nkaiser 20:00, 03 October 2007 (UTC)

The HTML source of shows that your $wgServer is set to "" in LocalSettings.php --Nad 03:58, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Creating a New Article via Extension Code

Hello Community,

I am the administrator of a wiki (soon to be family of wikis) - the first node can be found at - it's intended to be an encyclopedic wiki for everything EverQuest. My intention is to do this with all the MMOs out there (eventually, one thing at a time ;)), WoW being the next in my sights. I've already done quite a bit of extension code (and, admittedly, even a couple small hacks modifying MediaWiki core code), and I've been through and through the code just unable to find an answer to my question without bothering you guys ;)

Because of the ever-changing item and spell (and other) databases associated with games like this, I picked up dumps of the community's open-source databases for EQ's items and spells. I wrote up extensions for these (exhibited at Special:ItemSearch and Special:SpellSearch, for reference), and I set up maintenance scripts to update the two databases with dumps of LUCY's spell database and 13th-floor's item database. Both are open-source, naturally.

These maintenance scripts spit out summaries of their changes, for my knowledge (and, admittedly, for debugging ;)); I'd like to be able to create articles containing these summaries rather than just displaying them to my browser. Is there any way to do this using MediaWiki's internal code? If not, exactly what process should I go achieve it? I'd imagine it would be something along the lines of "insert row into `page` table; insert row into `revision` table; insert row into `text` table; insert row into `recentchanges` table; insert rows into `pagelinks`/`imagelinks`/`categorylinks`/`templatelinks` tables, as needed". Is this somewhat close to the due process?

Thank you for your assistance, 05:12, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

See Project:Support desk/Archive 11#Automatic replacement of string from more than one page for solutions to similar requirement --Nad 05:46, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks; I can modify that Perl script that you linked to get the job done ;) 06:34, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Job Queue Length Always at 1

Any reason why the job queue length on a wiki would be stuck at 1? When changes are made to templates, it jumps up as it should, until all the changes are made to the pages that include that (and so on). But, the stats page eventually stops at 1 and does not fall to zero anymore. It use to, though not sure if that has happened since it was upgraded to 1.10.1 or at some point after that. --Dr DBW | talk 05:49, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

How to import image files referenced by xml-files?

Hi - I have a MediaWiki Wiki where as sysop I am trying to load in hundreds of jpg images, and then create the pages via importing an xml containing the descriptions etc. Images are manually placed in images directory and thumbnails made, but I can't then synchronise the imported xml - the new pages don't display the images. To build the database links, I've tried: php maintenance\rebuildImages.php >& images.log & and php maintenance\rebuildImages.php --missing >& images.log & This doesn't seem to work. The manual pages don't really cover image files. Any comments or advice welcome! MediaWiki: 1.10.0, PHP: 5.1.6 (apache2handler), MySQL: 5.0.22 — Gaudete 13:19, 4 October 2007 (UTC)=

rebuildImages should work, but you can also try putting them somewhere else and then running importImages.php
use importDump.php to read the file descriptions from the XML (assuming that XML is in mediawiki's dump format) -- Duesentrieb 15:16, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Blank pages

I have installed the program successfully, but when I try to create an account or submit an article, I only get blank pages. I have enough php memory (24 mb). What's wrong? 17:19, 4 October 2007 (UTC)


Are possible to add waterark autoamtic on uploading photos? Where I can get this mediawiki hack? I very need it. Thanks. -- 17:33, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

More detail please --Nad 19:51, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
Project:Support_desk/Archive_10#Picture_with_watermark --Dr DBW | talk 22:53, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

To add a signature with time stamp after any post automatically.

I need to add a signature with timestamp automatically (without click on "signature" icon tool ) after a discussion post just like that in mediawiki support desk after post an question the signature is appended.

Whenever i click on " + " to add new discussion post then " Subject/headline: " text field is not displayed . What wrong with us to customize media wiki , please send me a proper suggestion . Thanks in advance. — 17:48, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Help with mod_include and Mediawiki

I'm having difficulties hacking the MW skin layer to integrate a common header and footer using mod_include / server side include directives. I am integrating MW with a Drupal site and the SSI work properly for Drupal, but are simply printed to the browser in Mediawiki. For various reasons we would like to use mod_include for this instead of just php includes if possible. I've been searching for a few days for any reason why this might be but have no idea so far. it seems like MW emits the page to the browser in a way that causes Apache to just ignore the ssi directives:

<!--#include virtual="/_tmpl/header/test" -->

Jeffg 18:46, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Where exactly are you adding the directive and is anything evidence of it's presence showing up in the html source of the page? --Nad 19:58, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

recovering mysql database from upgrade. have backups but dont know what to do with them :(

I was doing some maintenance on the MySQL database that houses my mediawiki. I wanted to install a newer version of MySQL due to problems I was having with the one that comes with Solaris 10. Long story short, I can't get any of my articles. Is there a way to recover the database from backups? If so does anyone here know where I can get some pointers on doing that?

Mediawiki 1.8.2 PHP 5.2.4 MySQL 12.22 Distrib 4.0.24

TIA — 21:13, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

You just have to import the database backup into the existing database, or may be better is create a new database using the backup and point MW to that. --Dr DBW | talk 03:14, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Nad! - Youre the Best - Solution Achieved for Mediawiki Paths

Can I just extend my gratitude for all your time and effort in helping me on this :>)
Because of that, I wanted to share the solution with you :>)
If it takes up too much space, pls feel free to remove afterwards.

<script type="text/javascript">
function opacity(id, opacStart, opacEnd, millisec) {
	//speed for each frame
	var speed = Math.round(millisec / 100);
	var timer = 0;

	//determine the direction for the blending, if start and end are the same nothing happens
	if(opacStart > opacEnd) {
		for(i = opacStart; i >= opacEnd; i--) {
			setTimeout("changeOpac(" + i + ",'" + id + "')",(timer * speed));
	} else if(opacStart < opacEnd) {
		for(i = opacStart; i <= opacEnd; i++)
			setTimeout("changeOpac(" + i + ",'" + id + "')",(timer * speed));

//change the opacity for different browsers
function changeOpac(opacity, id) {
	var object = document.getElementById(id).style; 
	object.opacity = (opacity / 100);
	object.MozOpacity = (opacity / 100);
	object.KhtmlOpacity = (opacity / 100);
	object.filter = "alpha(opacity=" + opacity + ")";

function shiftOpacity(id, millisec) {
	//if an element is invisible, make it visible, else make it ivisible
	if(document.getElementById(id).style.opacity == 0) {
		opacity(id, 0, 100, millisec);
	} else {
		opacity(id, 100, 0, millisec);

function blendimage(divid, imageid, imagefile, millisec) {
	var speed = Math.round(millisec / 100);
	var timer = 0;
	//set the current image as background
	document.getElementById(divid).style.backgroundImage = "url(" + document.getElementById(imageid).src + ")";
	//make image transparent
	changeOpac(0, imageid);
	//make new image
	document.getElementById(imageid).src = imagefile;

	//fade in image
	for(i = 0; i <= 100; i++) {
		setTimeout("changeOpac(" + i + ",'" + imageid + "')",(timer * speed));

function currentOpac(id, opacEnd, millisec) {
	//standard opacity is 100
	var currentOpac = 100;
	//if the element has an opacity set, get it
	if(document.getElementById(id).style.opacity < 100) {
		currentOpac = document.getElementById(id).style.opacity * 100;

	//call for the function that changes the opacity
	opacity(id, currentOpac, opacEnd, millisec)


<script type="text/javascript">
var galleryarray = new Array();
$images = glob('skins/panorama/*.jpg');
$indx = 0;
$init_pic = $images[array_rand($images)];
foreach( $images AS $pic)
      echo "galleryarray[$indx]='/mediawiki/$pic';\n";

var tm1=1,tm2=5,tm3=1;
function step1()
function step2()
   shiftOpacity('blendimage', tm3*1000);
function step3()
  var rand=Math.floor(Math.random()*galleryarray.length);
   shiftOpacity('blendimage', tm3*1000);
setTimeout("document.getElementById('blendimage').src = '"+galleryarray[rand]+"'", tm3*1000);

<div id="gumax-site-logo">
<img src="http://fire/mediawiki/<?php echo $init_pic ?>" style="width: 928px; height: 147px; border: 1 none; filter: alpha(opacity=20); -moz-opacity: 20; opacity: 0;" id="blendimage""/>           

See below:

Here's what's happening:
When you call index.php with directory structure links the browser treats it like you're actually in a folder with that name. Javascript is interpreted client-side, so if the browser is tricked, then the script is going to point the wrong place.

Solution: It works on index.php?key=var then you just need to make a your image links absolute, so it won't matter if the browser thinks it's looking at the inside a subfolder.

foreach( $images AS $pic)
      echo "galleryarray[$indx]='/fire/mediawiki/$pic';\n";
} 00:16, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Parsing issues with ParserFunction #if and HTML


I am experiencing some difficulty with the extension ParserFunction and HTML. Specifically, I created a template for a table which checks if an image parameter is specified (and then produces a new row with the image, if it exists):

{{#if: {{{image|}}} |
 <tr><td align="center" style="background:#efefef;"> [[Image:{{{image}}}|250px|{{{caption}}}]]<br> ''{{{caption}}}'' </td></tr>

However, when I load the calling page with the appropriate parameters, I seem to be getting hard-coded parsed tags instead:

&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td align="center" style="background:#efefef;"&gt; <a href="image-location" class="image" title="img-title"><img alt="image-alt" src="image-location" width="250" height="332" border="0" /></a><br /> <i>caption</i> &lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;

Any clue on what might be wrong? I am using MediaWiki 1.11.0, PHP 5.2.4, and MySQL 5.0.24a.

Thanks! —David 02:47, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

That's not working because you can't split HTML tags across templates like that (ie open the table, then having each row in a template, then closing outside the templates again). You can do that with wikitext tables though, so if you change your template to this:
| align="center" style="background:#efefef;" | [[Image:{{{image}}}|250px|{{{caption}}}]]<br> ''{{{caption}}}''

Then you can make a table from it like this example:

{| border cellspacing=5
Thanks for the reply.
I was using wikitext tables before, but it didn't render properly either (it was literally escaping the pipes and dashes, similar to what happens to the HTML code). After a bit of searching, I found out that using wikitext tables won't work under the #if parser function: see Qif_conditionals#Incorrect_usage.
However, following the instructions there didn't really improve the situation: According to their suggested solution 'Plan A', I completely reconstructed my template to use only HTML tags (thus the template begins with an opening <table> tag and contains no wikitext tables). This is what Wikipedia does for several of their templates, but for some reason, it doesn't work on my end.
I appreciate your help.
-David 20:07, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
I've had a fair bit of trouble with that kind of thing before too, and have often needed to use html tables instead of wikitext, but I tested the example above and it worked - it could be dependent on mediawiki version though. Also you could try using a template to represent the pipe symbols, the wikimedia projects convention for this is Template:! to return a pipe. --Nad 21:23, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks! The Template:! strategy did the trick. The wikitext table code worked as well, and I've incorporated it into many of my templates. Having #if on top is icing on the cake, and helps with several optional parameters.
Thanks again for the help.
-David 23:00, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

To add a signature with time stamp after any post automatically.

Hi I need to add a signature with timestamp automatically (without click on "signature" icon tool ) after a discussion post just like that in mediawiki support desk after post an question the signature is appended.

Whenever i click on " + " to add new discussion post then " Subject/headline: " text field is not displayed . What wrong with us to customize media wiki , please send me a proper suggestion . Thanks . please give response as soon as possible. — 08:42, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

How to change mediawiki dataroot from one drive to another

I am trying to install MediaWiki 1.11.0. along with moodle LMS. Moodle LMS along with PHP, MySQL S/w etc. are installed in drive C but the data directory is its path set to D drive, in order to keep the data safe. In the same way as drive D in my system has large disk space, I want the community data is also stored in it. How is it possible? thanks Dr.K.James Mathai —Kjmathai 12:13, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

You'll need to be more specific about what data you're wanting moved to the other drive. There is the mediawiki code-base, the wiki images/files and the database and each are configured differently. --Nad 21:28, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

I want the community data/image files created runtime to be stored in drive D: —Kjmathai 1:13, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Showing real names instead of usernames

Can you please advise on how to show real names instead of usernames in History, Recent changes and User contributions lists — 11:55, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

To append signature to any post automatically.

I need to add a signature with timestamp automatically (without click on "signature" icon tool in tool bar) after a discussion post just like that in mediawiki support desk after post an question the signature is appended.

Whenever i click on " + " to add new discussion post then " Subject/headline: " text field is not displayed . What wrong with us to customize media wiki , please send me a proper suggestion . Thanks . please give response as soon as possible. — 13:02, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Spreadsheet or database and filling cells with data from different pages, related data

I want to use MediaWiki as a monitoring tool. On a head page I'll make a table and in sub pages, generated with a template, there are (sub)tables. When these (sub)tables are filled with data they must automatically copied to the specified (related) table on the head page. Is this possible and how can I install this? —Jaap Smit 15:04, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

You can do this kind of thing with the Dynamic Page List extension which would allow your main table to build its rows from all the article containing a specific template. --Nad 21:33, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Including articles or article sections within other articles

Is there any way to include other mediawiki articles or article sections within an article? For example, in my mediwiki installation, I may have an Ants article with sub-sections like Ants#Food and Ants#Habitat. I may wish to reference the Ants#Habitat section in another article titled Insects.

I currently use the standard double staples to enclose a link, but is there any way to output the Ants#Habitat section in my Insects article?

Thanks for any ideas,

David 17:26, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

I think you are refering to embedding articles within others. Transclusion of templates works this way using the double braces e.g. the wikitext {{:Foo}} would embed the contents of article Foo within another article. You must specify the ':' otherwise the Template: namespace is assumed to be the namespace of the transcluded article. This method however only embeds entire articles, not specified sections of articles. See Help:Templates, and also substitution {{subst:Foo}} for more information. --Zven 19:59, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
You can use the Dynamic Page List extension to transclude sections as follows --Nad 21:41, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
  • see relevent section of DPL manual here
I can't thank you enough for a link to that extension. I have been researching a way to do this for 2 days now going in circles. This is exactly what I was looking for -- 10:02, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Changing "discussion" label for article page only

Hi, I was trying to change the tab label of the discussion page that accompanies the article page by changing MediaWiki:Talk. However, when I do so, all discussion pages, including User talk etc etc are changed in toto. Is there anyway where I can limit the change only to article pages? Also I would like to remove the + tab only for article talk pages. — PM Poon 01:46, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Uploading picture right

I want to learn this? May i change users right like this; anyone can upload picture, anyone can't, which one is appointed by me..Can i do that and if i can, how?-- 04:18, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Look at the documentation for wgPermissions. You can create permissions for a group in LocalSettings.php. For example:
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['upload']    = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['friends']['upload']    = true;
  • The first line says "Users who are not logged in and try to upload are not allowed".
  • The second line says "Users who belong to the group friends may upload".

Also look at this page for a list of all thr different user rights: Help:User_rights. --Rob 05:58, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Renseignement pour faire un wiki

from Talk:MediaWiki/fr


Je souhaiterais avoir des conseils, renseignements pour mon wiki. s'il vous plait

  • Que me conseillerais vous comme extensions ?
  • Quelles sont les extensions pour un moteur de recherche ? des exemples de wiki a me montrer ?

notamment s'il existe un moteur de recherche qui permet de sélectionné plusieurs critères de recherches... merci beaucoup de votre aide

By on september 20th, 2007 at 13:19 (CEST)

DynamicPageList est une prolongation puissante pour des rapports de question et de construction dans MediaWiki. Nous avons ajusté notre recherche sur OrganicDesign: pour permettre des questions de DPL (il est traité pendant qu'une question de DPL si "=" est dans la recherche). Par exemple,
  • titleregexp=^Co.+php$
  • category=Help
  • namespace=Template
--Nad 22:22, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Few questions

Alright, I'm the only sysop of a site excluding the creator, though he doesn't every visit the site any more, so I have a few questions -

  • When some one tries to edit a page, there's a little message at the bottom of the edit box that says -

"Please note that all contributions to Nintendopedia may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!"

I just wanted to know if there was a way to change what it said, and if so what page is it at?

  • Are there any privliages that site owners have that admins don't?
  • Is there an easy way for an Admin to stop spammers?


Bentendo 19:34, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

  1. It's MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning, see Special:Allmessages on your wiki to see all these messages (if doesn't work try MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning2)
  2. If he's a member of a an other group than you (go to Special:Listusers on your wiki to see group membership), he can have other permission, if not, you have the same permissions.
  3. You can block them, otherwise there's Extension:SpamBlacklist or Extension:Nuke.
iAlex 19:45, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
Note that you may have to set $wgUseDatabaseMessages to use modified interface messages. --Nad 22:45, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
We use Extension:ConfirmEdit to stop spambots from being able to sign up. --Nad 22:46, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Search doesn't work

I'm using Mediawiki 1.11.0, php 5, mysql 5. The searchindex table is ok (and with MyISAM storage engine as i read somewhere on google), the content is indexed correctly, i can see the few pages i created on my wiki, but whenever i search for something it doesn't even say "no results found", it displays a page like this: Search results

For more information about searching Wiki, see Help.

Search in namespaces: (a lists of namespaces follows.)

I am searching for long words that certainly exist (page titles, for example), the 3-chars problem is not my case. Everything else works correctly, how do I solve that? Thanks 21:16, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Is the correct namespace selected in which those pages exist? --Dr DBW | talk 04:31, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Well, yes, I tried searching in the main namespace (the one where "real content", articles, exist, right?) I also tried to select them all, still no results

- 12:57, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

It Is All Too Dificult - can't someone help me?

Maybe you think that it is easy to understand your manuals and FAQs but I don't get it at all - I just want to upload my site that has been easy to make through FrontPage but I don't know IT language, I just want to save the world by offering the concept of my site and I've spent years trying very unsuccessfully to find people who can help me understand how this works or just to do it for me. I've also asked for help at certain sites but I just get replies I don't understand. I hate to admit that I am of lesser intelligence in this field and I know that it probably just takes more time and consisten effort to comprehend all of this but I really have tried and people are dying and I have a solution and I don't understand why I can't make anyone help me when it is apparently so easy for you people who knows this wiki language. — 07:03, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Where are you currently at and what are the problems you're encountering? Also, I'd like to hear more about your "save the world" proposal, do you have a link to the general overview in the current site, or a document you could send me? --Nad 20:52, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
My site is it pretty much just explains the idea: which is using a wiki to improve the aid and information given in just about any circumstances - the notion being that people should be allowed to prioritise based on their own opinions, and find and add relevant information. This should be able to improve aid and make sure that money is given to those who need it the most, depending on the givers prefernces. The site is full of ideas. The wiki, which is under 'add info', just has the main page - I don't know how to do anything else :)
Try this w:en:Wikipedia:Tutorial, that is a simple tutorial on how the MediaWiki works. Note that it is particular to Wikipedia, so some things might not be appropriate for your personal wiki. However, it tells you how formatting works, creating new pages / articles etc. --Dr DBW | talk 04:28, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Uploading PNG

My wiki is up and running however, uploading a PNG file results in an error "File is corrupt or has a wrong extension. Please check the file and try again", but I can try again as much as I'd like to, it just won't upload them. Any idea what's going on? — 20:45, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Make sure $wgEnableUploads is set to true, you have all the allowed file-extensions listed in $wgFileExtensions and your path is set correctly in $wgUploadPath. If still trouble, try setting $wgVerifyMimeType to false. --Nad 20:58, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Fatal error: Allowed memory size

im getting the folling error

 Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 20971520 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1536 bytes) in /usr/local/www/apache22/data/wiki/includes/media/Bitmap.php on line 165

it seems to be this one here Manual:Errors_and_Symptoms#Fatal error: Allowed memory size of xxxxxxx bytes exhausted (tried to allocate xxxx bytes)

phpinfo() says my memory_limit is 128M. Should i try higher? or is there anything else you can think of.

Thankyou —DarkAxi0m 06:49, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

The amount reported by phpinfo is incorrect because the default LocalSettings.php file forces the memory limit to 20M as indicated by your error message. You can change the value to something higher if you're doing expensive queries which require it (if you're not doing such queries, then the error probably indicates another problem somewhere else). To change from the default of 20M, adjust the line that says ini_set('memory_limit','20M'). 128M is probably overkill and unless you have many GB of RAM available you would not be able to serve many concurrent clients requiring that amount of resource --Nad 08:13, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
The error was on a Category page, with quite a few pictures. I set my Memory_Limit to 30M, and the issues went away. the phpinfo memory_limit of 128M was the default for the FreeBSD Ports install. Thanks --DarkAxi0m 01:04, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Article contents are not displayed/loaded after upgrade

Hi there! My problem: I tried to upgrade an old version (1.4.5) to the current version 1.11.0. I used the command line update script. First, I used "php5 upgrade1_5.php", and after that "php5 update". Both steps went flawlessly, but when I try to open any page now, the content is missing. It is even not included in the HTML output. However, the content is actuelly there, since it can be found in the database and if I click the "edit" link of any missing article, all text content is available in the edit-textbox. Still, it does not appear in the "View article" mode. Editing an old version and saving it won't help either. However, NEW articles which are created after the update, can be seen. Does anybody know how to selve this problem, please? — Fuxboml 09:32, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Is the wiki available publically or intranet only? --Nad 10:05, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
It is my company's internal wiki which is only accessible in our intranet... problem? ;-) - Fuxboml 14:16, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Ha, I think I found out the reason for my problem. Since the Wiki is in German language, most articles contain German umlauts. However, all articles which do NOT contain an umlaut, are displayed correctly. Strange... I thought, that the "upgrade1_5.php" script was supposed to fix all encoding-related stuff... Well, I think I will now code a little script which converts all database rows in the "text" table. This should work, I think. - Fuxboml 14:55, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Mediawiki 1.11.0 upgrade error on CREATE TABLE `objectcache`

I am using MySQL 5.0 and when I run update.php I get error:

IP: /var/www/html/mediawiki-1.11.0      MediaWiki 1.11.0 Updater

Going to run database updates for wikidb
Depending on the size of your database this may take a while!
Abort with control-c in the next five seconds...0
Creating hitcounter table...ok
Creating querycache table...ok
Creating objectcache table...Query "CREATE TABLE `objectcache` (
 keyname varbinary(255) binary not null default '',
 value mediumblob,
 exptime datetime,
 unique key (keyname),
 key (exptime)
 ) TYPE=InnoDB
" failed with error code "You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'binary not null default '',
 value mediumblob,
 exptime datetime,
 unique key (k' at line 2 (localhost)".

What is the solution here? 12:53, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

-- Close this -- My environment was not setup correctly.

ERROR 300 - MULTIPLE CHOICES - 1and1 hosting


I am using a 1and1 hosting server and tried to install MediaWiki 1.11.0.

I copied the files to the host, and when i try to run the installer, it says:

Multiple Choices The document name you requested (/config/index.php) could not be found on this server. However, we found documents with names similar to the one you requested.

Available documents:

   * /config/index.html (common basename) 

Please consider informing the owner of the referring page about the broken link.

Can you help? — 15:01, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

How did you transfer the installation to the host? do you have a means of viewing the files such as ftp or a file manager? there should definitely be a file called index.php in the config directory of the installation. --Nad 21:00, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

-- Anon

I also am having this problem. There is definately an index.php and index.php5 in the correct path. Oddly enough, it when you click on the config.html link that it offers you it takes me to the 1 & 1 control panel log in page.

Login Failed. Wrong Password??

When i'm trying to login using the pywikipediabot module in a intranet wikipedia, the response is Login Failed. Wrong Password??. Why does is happens considering that my username and password are correct? Thank You. —Mapelo 15:04, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Do you have any extensions that affect the login like a CAPTCHA? You could try getting the code to log it's posted data and the servers response so you can see more clearly what's happening (or visa versa, get the wiki to log the incoming request and its response). --Nad 21:07, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Hi Nad.Thank you for the response.
I don't no whether there's an extension like that or not. I'm not the administrator, but i'm going to inform myself. We have seen the server log and it just reports an http code 200 that means that the request operation was successful. Another thing... is it necessary to the administrator of the intranet wiki to give me permission of loging( and using the module? What permission? How can he do this? Thank you. Mapelo 10:12, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

edit user's signature

I want to change the link Deepesh instead of Deepesh in user's signature, Please guide me where to be changed to implement this functionality.
Thanks in advance
Deepesh 15:46, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Go to Special:Preferences, enter [[User_talk:Deepesh|Deepesh]] in the "Nickname" textbox and click "Raw signatures (without automatic link)". iAlex 17:50, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Tried and it does not work - it still shows the username in the history and recent changes ratehr than nickname
You can't get around that. That's because your nickname is just for show, not for record purposes. Unfortunately, there is no solution for you, I believe. -- 02:30, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Mediawiki skin

I'm looking for someone who could adapt an existing skin to a mediawiki. I've tried asking on IRC and on the mailing-list, without any success. Is there any other way of getting in touch with someone who could do it? — 17:30, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

I do a fair bit of skinning, but I'd need to know the specifics before I could give you a quote --Nad 21:13, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Nad, I've tried emailing you through your website; if the message doesn't get to you, you can email me at, I'll give you the details. — 15:47, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Recent changes

What do the following symbols mean in the Recent changes page:

! (red, bolded exclamation point)

m (bolded, lower-case m)

N (bolded, upper-case N)

sometimes these symbols appear together, such as N ! or m ! -- does it have a special meaning then?

From Help:Recent changes by, 18:49 8 October 2007 (UTC).

See Help:Recent changes on iAlex 18:57, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Printable version, for a whole category

1.11.0, PHP5, MySQL5. I have full admin perms on the DB and the wiki, if that helps.

Is there a way to gracefully get the contents of a category (be that with or without recursively chasing subcategories) as the printable version? For example, given the category 'DR Documents', can I either through some command or script dump that category's contents to a printable version (either one big file or many small files bundled), that I can then print out as a hard backup? 23:18, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

You can export a category or list of articles (or query resulting in a list) as a single document with Extension:Pdf Book which can be set to return the whole things as html without converting to pdf. --Nad 23:32, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

New Install

I am trying to install mediawiki for the first time on my host. After everything has been uploaded, i go to the url/config/index.php and recieve this error.

MediaWiki 1.11.0 Installation

Warning: require_once(C:\hosting\member\XXXXXXX\xxxx\developers/maintenance/ [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in D:\hosting\member\XXXXXXX\xxxx\developers\config\index.php on line 232

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'D:\hosting\member\XXXXXXX\xxxx\developers/maintenance/' (include_path='.;C:\php5\pear') in D:\hosting\member\XXXXXXX\xxxx\developers\config\index.php on line 232

the XX and xx's are just to hide the website until it is up and running. However, you can see that is is using the windows path instead of a url or unc path - and this included two seperate slashes ( / and \). how do I fix this? I have looked through the installation manual, the help desk and everything else I could find, but noone else seems to have this problem.

thank you, 00:10, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

The forward or backslashes are interchangeable on windows, I think the problem is more likely to be that it's saying the config.php script is located on drive D, but its looking on drive C for the file to include. --Nad 04:21, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

To add a signature with time stamp after any post automatically.

Hi I need to add a signature with timestamp automatically (without click on "signature" icon tool ) after a discussion post just like that in mediawiki support desk after post an question the signature is appended.

Whenever i click on " + " to add new discussion post then " Subject/headline: " text field is not displayed . What wrong with us to customize media wiki , please send me a proper suggestion . Thanks in advance. --Deepesh 06:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)


Hi, it seems I cannot write an article entitled C++ although I use C%2B%2B. Any idea, how I can circumvent the problem? — PM Poon 10:41, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

You already asked this, and it was answered here --Nad 20:17, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, Nad. I misread your answer and typed C%2B%2B in the search box. Now I get what you mean! — PM Poon 15:54, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

To enter Nick name when Create Accont

Hi, I want to get the value of nick name in the User_Options column of the User table at when user Account is Created.Generally, this nick name is get in the User_Options column when special:preferences has some change in the nick name field.Please guide me .Thanks! —Deepesh 11:28, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Plain links

Hi, if I want to make all external links in my portal plain, which file should I modify and how do I go about doing it? Presently, I am using class="plainlinks" on an ad hoc basis. — PM Poon 14:27, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

If you're using monobook, then the main CSS is skins/monobook/main.css. Rather than changing the files, you can add your CSS adjustments to the MediaWiki:Common.css article. --Nad 20:15, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

TinyMCE_MW editor does'nt support Extension:Cite

I have implemented TinyMCE_MW editor but unluckily this editor is not supporting Extension:Cite, Extension:Simple_Calendar & Extension:ArticleComments properly . What should i do to support these extension properly. Please give me an appropriate solution .
Thanks in advance --Bpishere 15:45, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Wysiwyg in mediawiki is still highly experimental and there are a number of quirks and incompatibilities which you'll have to put up with for some time yet. You could also try Extension:FCKeditor, I've found it to be more solid and integrate better than TinyMCE. --Nad 20:11, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Installing extensions with non-Unix computer

I've managed to install a wiki using my Windows XP computer, but I don't see any directions on how to copy all the files needed for extensions other than the instructions that assume a Unix shell. I could manually copy them file-by-file, but that seems pretty painful. Is this information available anywhere? Can someone point me to the right place?

It is frustrating to be hung up by something that seems fairly basic. As someone who has very little of the specific knowledge that is assumed by the authors of these pages, I'd hope to add text to this site that assists uses like myself. Setting up a wiki, customizing it, and maintaining it does not require mastery of Unix, PHP, or MySQL. If adding extensions does, that is unfortunate.

It also seems that many of the commonly used extensions could be added to the basic package used for the initial installation. The installation script could ask if you want to use these extensions. It seems like the extensions commonly found in WikiMedia sites would be good candidates for inclusion. As a novice, I was surprised to find that that an extension like "category tree" needs to be installed separately. --SamuelWantman 19:06, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Adding extensions is pretty straightforward: you download the files from SVN (either by using a client, such as TortoiseSVN, or file-by-file) and drop them into extensions/ folder and add the appropriate require_once (or include_once) to LocalSettings.php - that's it. Needless to say, I'm using Windows Vista currently and I really have no experience with Unix systems and how they work. Nevertheless, I have a test wiki on a USB memory stick and installing extensions - still - is as simple as I described. To install extensions such as CheckUser that require creation of new tables or SSHing up to the host, just open phpMyAdmin (assuming you have one, that is), select "SQL" and copy the appropriate info from the appropriate .sql file into the textbox and execute the SQL query and add require/include_once call to LocalSettings.php. --Sayuri 19:27, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion of using TortoiseSVN. It was very easy once I downloaded the software. I may add some instructions for people, like myself, who have no idea what SVN is. -- SamuelWantman 08:45, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Open individual external link in new window

I am trying to figure out the best way to have an individual external link open in a new window. I have been studying the documentation at here and here but have not come up with the proper solution for a single link opening in a new window. If anyone has any ideas to be able to add a target=_blank individually, please let me know. Oh, also the link in question is found in the sidebar. — 02:06, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Why not just use the JS hack above but restrict it to a particular class or id? --Nad 02:58, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Actually that's no good because you can't specify a class or id in the link syntax - you'd have to change something in the URL itself like use http2:// or a specific domain and get the JS hack to match those and change them to the proper URL and add the target attribute. --Nad 08:56, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
It'd probably be easiest to just add a new parser-function or tag to make your new-window links though I think --Nad 08:58, 10 October 2007 (UTC)


I have tried uploading media wiki to a php 4 server, but I cannot get it to work. Does it work on php4? -- 08:03, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Version 1.6.10 is the last version which will work with PHP4 --Nad 08:51, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

PdfExport ERROR if set User rigths

I tried to use my own mediawiki for giving PDF file to another software. I simply tried to use PDFExport for it. The external software give the appropriate URL to PdfExport.php and the PDF is ready.

If user rights is default there is no problem. After I changed the user rights (see below), there is not any content in the generated PDF file, except the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the wiki's page.

I set the user rights:
$wgGroupPermissions['*'    ]['read']         = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['read']         = true;
$wgWhitelistRead = array("Main Page", 'Special:PdfPrint', 'Special:Userlogin',);

How can I get the whole content of the page? Can I somehow change the USER ID in the PdfExport.php? Any other solution?


Move MediaWiki

How do I move the Wiki from one server to another? I have no experience with Media Wiki whatsoever; however, I do have some unix experience. I've been tasked with moving the Wiki from a workstation onto a server and I am not sure exactly which files need to be copied over or if I have to do a clean install on the server. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

You need to move the directory containing the mediawiki files such as its index.php with all the other files subdirectories intact. You also need to move the MySQL database for you wiki over to the new server which you can do using mysqldump or with a utility such as PhpMyAdmin. This assumes that the target environment already has Apache, PHP and MySQL installed, otherwise you need to get them workign together before migrating the wiki. --Nad 21:45, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Google web master tool

Hi, I want to add functionality of "Google web master tool" in my project . Please can you guide me, Thanks in advance

Search doesn't work

I'm using Mediawiki 1.11.0, php 5, mysql 5. The searchindex table is ok (and with MyISAM storage engine as i read somewhere on google), the content is indexed correctly, i can see the few pages i created on my wiki, but whenever i search for something it doesn't even say "no results found", it displays a page like this: Search results

For more information about searching Wiki, see Help.

Search in namespaces: (a lists of namespaces follows.)

I am searching for long words that certainly exist (page titles, for example) and the 3-chars problem is not my case. I also tried to select every namespace. Everything else works correctly, how do I solve that? Thanks

Plain links (2)

Hi Nad, thank you for your answer here. I went through the MediaWiki:Common.css and see the portion that includes:

/* Removes underlines from links */
      nounderlines a { 
      text-decoration: none;

Can't figure out how to do it. Where do I add class="plainlinks"? — PM Poon 16:06, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

If you want to change your external links to a different style, you should be changing the sections in the CSS which apply to a.external --Nad 21:40, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi Nad, seems like you are the only one left to keep this support desk alive. I guess without you, there will be no further questions, LOL.

I added:

.plainlinks a.external {
  background: none ! important;
  padding: 0 ! important;

to Commons.css but it didn't work. Just trying my luck since I do not know the correct codes. — PM Poon 06:50, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

private pages

Is it possible to have a user group of privileged users, ad then flag some pages in Mediawiki to only be viewable by that group? I have a business need to do that, to keep some pages within managers. If that's not possible, I'm going to have to put a second wiki up and control it using htaccess to make it private, and then interwiki between the two wikis. But I think that's horrible, I'd love to be able to flag some pages as private and specify a group of people that are allowed to see private pages.

Timotab 01:42, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

See Category:Page specific user rights extensions --Nad 02:08, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

How to use Google webmaster tool

Hi, i want to user Google webmaster tool.please guide me. thanks. —Deepesh 06:51, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Making Main Page more sophiscated

Hi, how can I make the Main Page more lively by adding automatically the titles of the latest five or ten NEW articles without doing it manually? As it is, I have managed to automate "Featured Article" so that it changes by itself every first day of the week (an idea copied from Wikipedia). — PM Poon 10:22, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

You can transclude Special:Newpages with {{Special:Newpages/limit=5}}, e.g.
For more advanced lists, queries and reports, use DPL --Nad 20:26, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Thank you very much, Nad. I think I will spend some time to chew DPL because what I need are only the title of the newest 5-10 articles to be displayed in the Main Page. — PM Poon 17:53, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

However DPL seems to be too sophisticated and requires a lot of management. Isn't there a page that allow us to show a truncated article from a simple list? [[User:nzlittlesheep|nzlittlesheep] 00:25, 31 October 2007

Editing interwikilink-table in database

How can I edit interwikilinks in the database-table (MySQL 4.1.15)? In Version 1.11 the interwikilink-table is in the "binary-blob"-format —Antropositiv 10:27, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

See Category:Interwiki extensions --Nad 20:42, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Videos start and stop repeatedly

Str8flier 03:11, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

When watching the posted videos, they start and stop repeatedly. Sometimes they will start up again, sometimes they don't. What can I do.

Thank you

Which videos? --Nad 07:04, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Image history table instead of list

In MediaWiki the file history is provided as a table like here. The MediaWiki installation which I've to administrate (MediaWiki: 1.10.1, PHP: 5.1.2) provides a formatted list instead. I tried to manipulate the file ImagePage.php using the documentation for ImageHistoryList but failed, probably because I don't know PHP very well. I also searched for hooks but couldn't find one. Is there a way to get the table-like presentation of the file history? Thanks in advance fpor any help. —ThT 09:31, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

The file history table replaced the list one in MediaWiki 1.11. You might want to upgrade to that version. —color probeTalkContribs 17:15, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Insert an article like a template

I have two page, A and B. I wanna print page A to paper. It references to the content of page B so the content of that page wouldn't be printed.
Is it possible to insert the content of page B into page A, like a template, when printed? --GKittlaus 13:37, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Do you mean that you want page A to only be a link to page B, except if in printable view it should transclude it? --Nad 21:17, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Yep, that's what I want. -- 05:37, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
Probably the easiest way would be to install an extension which gives you access to the query-string parameters. Extension:Simple Forms gives you a parser-function called #request and there's at least one other extension which has a parser-function for that too, but I can't remember which one(s). You can then make a template which renders the content according to the printable value. The following example template definition requires Extension:Simple Forms and Extension:ParserFunctions. It accepts one parameter which is the name of the template to embed or link to --Nad 06:09, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

After installing mediawiki directs to a blank page

I've installed mediawiki successfull. But when I follow the the link to my wiki, all I get is a blank page. Mediawiki says in the status-bar that it has directed to the main page. Mediawiki directs to the file index.php5 an this files includes the following script (in php) Before installation I had a problem with the .php extension (it had to be transformed to php5). Has this any connection with this problem of the blank page that occurs? I will be greatfull for some help. —Wyfa 15:12, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

The php5 should be ok as in just executes the content of the normal index.php, the blank screen could be that an error is occurring but PHP is set to report errors to a log only and not to the output. Either switch error reporting on from your php.ini or find where it logs to and see if any errors are occurring. --Nad 21:21, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

I've switched error reporting on. When I execute the mediawiki with /indexphp5 the following error is reported: Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in ----/Wiki/includes/LinkBatch.php on line 163

When I execute the mediwaiki with /index.php the following error is reported: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}' in ……../Wiki/includes/Exception.php on line 160

Dous this make any sense to you"(it doesn't to me). Is it possible that it has anything to do with the version of PHP I use?

Edit page doesn't save edits

New Install - I've just installed media wiki on my webspace. It used a MySQL database and I let the install scripts set the DB up.

Once installed clicking on the edit button in each section allows correct operation, i.e. I can edit, preview changes etc and they will get saved. However, if I click on the edit page tab at the top and make edits there, when submitting or previewing it takes me back to the top level landing page on the website and the edits aren't saved. Any thought on why this might be? 05:19, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

What are the URL's that show in the edit-section links compared to the main edit link? --Nad 06:04, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
The url for the section edit is [4]. The URL for the page edit is [5] TIA I also moved the wiki to the top level domain incause it was some sort of setting there causing problems. But it stil has the same problem. UPDATE. It seems that for user pages and newly created pages everything works ok so it is only the main page that doesn't edit properly. This could be a setting I need to change perhaps?
That's an odd one, I've had a look but can't figure out why it may be doing that sorry... Have you attempted to set up short-urls with rewrite rules or anything like that which might be causing a redirect? --Nad 07:43, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
No, it is a clean brand new install, not touched any configuration yet. Could this be a bug then that needs reporting?
Just to add - I've got it working now. I found the problem, when using the tags < b i g > the wiki will not save the changes so I've taken the tags out fo the page.

I installed MediaWiki 1.9 earlier this year and all worked well. I hadn't used it in a while until yesterday, and all I got on the link was a blank page. I thought perhaps it needed an upgrade, so I upgraded to 1.11. The upgrade went well, but still blank on the home page. I then installed a whole new copy into a separate folder, with new table prefixes, the install went well, but still blank on the home page.

I'm sure it's probably something on my end somewhere, but I've exhausted my limited knowledge of what it could possibly be. Does anyone have any idea as to what I could try?

PHP 5.2.1 installed Found database drivers for: MySQL PostgreSQL PHP server API is apache; ok, using pretty URLs (index.php/Page_Title) Have XML / Latin1-UTF-8 conversion support. Session save path (/tmp) appears to be valid. PHP's memory_limit is 20M. — 17:12, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Add an info.php containing
into the same dir as index.php and that may yield some hints. I don't think a bug report would do much good since its a problem that's specific to your installation and isn't something that anyone else has reported happening with 1.11. There is a similar problem with with friendly URL's involving $wgUsePathInfo which you could set to false to see if its causing trouble in your case as well. --Nad 06:31, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
It seems to be working now - did you find the problem? --Nad 06:36, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

fatal error on main page there is the error, dont know what is the cause and dont know how to fix it hope you guys do know it is a fresh install, latest version

Are you sure that's a 1.11, I can't see any reason why that error would happen on line 163 of the 1.11 code...? What is your php version etc --Nad 20:24, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

Automated welcome message

Hi, as a community website, it would be nice if welcome message can be automated so that it can be given promptly. Is there anyway I can do that with Mediawiki? — PM Poon 12:56, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

Under what exact circumstances do you want the message to display? --Nad 20:25, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
Hi Nad, thanks for your response. What I actually need is an instant welcoming message in the Talk Page to new members who just register. As it is, I am doing it manually although I use a template like {{subst:sd}}. — PM Poon 22:24, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
That's not a bad idea and it's very simple to add but doesn't look like anyone's done it. I was going to paste in a few lines of code for you to test out, but then decided to make a quick extension for it which is at Extension:NewUserMessage. I've tested it on a 1.11 and it seems to work fine. --Nad 00:32, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Error adter executing mediawiki

After executing mediawiki I got a blank page. I've switched error reporting on. When I execute the mediawiki with the command /indexphp5 the following error is reported: Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in ----/Wiki/includes/LinkBatch.php on line 163

When I execute the mediwaiki with the command /index.php the following error is reported: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}' in ……../Wiki/includes/Exception.php on line 160

Does this make any sense to you"(it doesn't to me). Is it possible that it has anything to do with the version of PHP I use?

Wyfa 19:34, 14 October 2007 (UTC) —Wyfa 19:37, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

You must use PHP5, but it doesn't matter what version of php5 or that the extension is .php5. It looks like you may be using php4, if your host can't give you php5, you can still install mediawiki 1.6.10 --Nad 20:28, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

This appears to be an issue with PHP 5.0.5 - I fixed this by modifying line 163 to:


Disable signups?

How can I disable anyone from creating a new user? — 02:40, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Add the following to your LocalSettings.php file --Nad 04:19, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createaccount'] = false;
Hm, I did that but people can still register by going directly to the signup URL. -- 19:48, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Extension:FileIndexer doesn't work with MW 1.11

Anyone got an idea why this extension stopped working after updating to MW 1.11? --Flominator 06:29, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

The upload form has changed in 1.11 and so have the properties of the UploadFile class which is the class of the object passed to the UploadForm:BeforeProcessing hook that Extension:FileIndexer uses. --Nad 08:24, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
# 1.10 UploadFile properties
var $mUploadFile, $mUploadDescription, $mLicense ,$mIgnoreWarning, $mUploadError;
var $mUploadSaveName, $mUploadTempName, $mUploadSize, $mUploadOldVersion;
var $mUploadCopyStatus, $mUploadSource, $mReUpload, $mAction, $mUpload;
var $mOname, $mSessionKey, $mStashed, $mDestFile, $mRemoveTempFile, $mSourceType;
var $mUploadTempFileSize = 0;

# 1.11 UploadFile properties
var $mComment, $mLicense, $mIgnoreWarning, $mCurlError;
var $mDestName, $mTempPath, $mFileSize, $mFileProps;
var $mCopyrightStatus, $mCopyrightSource, $mReUpload, $mAction, $mUploadClicked;
var $mSrcName, $mSessionKey, $mStashed, $mDesiredDestName, $mRemoveTempFile, $mSourceType;
var $mDestWarningAck, $mCurlDestHandle;
var $mLocalFile;

To get the extension running you have to change these variables:

  • mDestFile -> mDesiredDestName
  • mUploadTempname -> mTempPath

Currently there is no variable for the description field. I used an extra table for that to have the ability to use the description field for real descriptions and not for nasty index.


Lately my wiki has been receiving a lot of spam with the character "Ã" so I wish to block it since there is no legitimate reason to use it. However when I add $wgSpamRegex = "/Ã/"; it blocks all special characters, not just that one. How can I get the software to block only the à 09:49, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Use "/Ã/u" - the u enables unicode characters in the expression. Make sure you save the file as UTF-8, without a BOM, though. -- Duesentrieb 20:35, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Error after starting mediawiki

After succesfull installation I start mediawiki. When it wants to dispaly the main page, the follwoing error occurs: Fatal error: Only variables can be passed by reference in ../Wiki/includes/LinkBatch.php on line 163 - I've moved the localsettings file - I've checked my php-version: it is 5.05 - I've checked the memory limit in php.ini: 20M Still it doesn't wordk. What can be the problem? —Wyfa 11:32, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Integrate MediaWiki into a website

Is it possible to integrate MediaWiki into another Webpage? Most of the website in question is working with a proprietary CMS. The task is to build a glossary on a wiki base, that should integrate with the rest of the webpage. I recon it would be easy using a frame or Iframe, but that is not really an option. It should integrate into the page layout without frames (I recon that is because the website is commercial, and all the ads have to be in the right place). Has it been tried before? What kind of changes / installation measures would be necessary? I don't even know yet whether the CMS is running on a Unix or Windows server :( Mrdslave 12:05, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

MediaWiki is quite heavy nad doesn't really integrate well into anything. However, you can change the way it looks (see Manual:Skinning), and you can make it share user accounts with other parts of your system (see AuthPlugin). Some forther integration (of bits of your system into mediawiki, not really the other way around) can be done with extensions - see Manual:Extensions. -- Duesentrieb 20:40, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Query failed: ERROR: record "new" has no field "textvector"

I upgraded my postgres database from 8.1 to 8.2 this weekend. The upgrade seemed to go perfectly. I was able to view and navigate through my wiki pages. However, as soon as I attempted tomodify a page, I got the following error

Warning: pg_query() []: Query failed: ERROR: record "new" has no field "textvector" CONTEXT: PL/pgSQL function "ts2_page_text" line 3 at assignment in /var/www/htdocs/www/mediawiki-1.11.0/includes/DatabasePostgres.php on line 506

It appears to be related to the tsearch2 package.

I've tried uninstalling and re-installing the tsearch2 page. No good. I've upgraded my MediaWiki from 1.9.3 to the recent 1.11.0. No good.

Any help on how to fix this would be great. Shane 15:05, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

  • That's unusual. Try this:
 ALTER TABLE pagecontent ADD textvector tsvector;

You might need to redo it on the page table as well:

 ALTER TABLE page ADD titlevector tsvector; 11:20, 1 November 2007 (UTC)


Just wondering if there is any intention to enable functionality to upload documents directly into a page (as attachments), instead of having to go through the slow process of uploading then pasting into a page the file path? This really would make life so much easier!!!
Thank you. :>) — 15:24, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

This is a common feature request but I'm not aware of an extension to do this. --Rob 10:20, 27 October 2007 (UTC)


Why doesn't MediaWiki contain a profanity filter than can be turned on/off in the LocalSettings.php? I think this would be very useful. So far I haven't even been able to find an extension for it. Is it just not important to other people? — 15:47, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Just consider it spam, and you'll find loads of stuff. See Manual:$wgSpamRegex or, more generally, Manual:Spam, for example -- Duesentrieb 20:43, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Displaying an Excel spreadsheet in a Mediawiki page


I'm wanting to have data from a Excel spreadsheet displayed on my MediaWiki page. When that spreadsheet is updated, it would be most useful to have the wiki page updated automatically, but I would be fine with a procedure for me to push the updated info to the wiki server.

So, I need to be able to:

1. Read and extract info from the Excel spreadsheet.

2. Display it as part of a wiki page

3. Have some mechanism for relatively painlessly sending updates from the spreadsheet to the wiki page.

Thank you,

-Adrian 23:11, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Extension:UploadCSV was under development for this purpose, but the guy who started it disappeared, you could try and track him down and ask if he's coming back... --Nad 23:15, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

'renameuserlogentry' missing from MessagesXX.php

Mediawiki-1.11_0. I couldn't find 'renameuserlogentry' in the MessagesXX.php files, but it does appear in the Wikipedia Allmessages page. Any idea? —Thanks, 02:30, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Renameuser is an extension not part of the MediaWiki code-base so its messages are defined in it's own code in the SpecialRenameuser.i18n.php file. --Nad 05:22, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Mediawiki loop

Can anybody help me? Our ISP installed a new MSQL-server. But now my wiki (version 1.6.2) is in a loop and I don't know how to get out of it. All links to the wiki are directed to the mainpage which fails to open with the message that there are too many references to the page. Only the login page and the talk pages work. Some type of abuse seems to have caused this. Please check: and advise...- 17:26, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Nobody responded, so I took action and upgraded to 1.11. Now the wiki is up and fine, but it does not connect to the old database. The new wiki does not recognize any of the old files in the database. Still the base name and user and pass are the same. Old local settings do not work. Following upgrade instructions didn't work with setting and restoring the permissions for the config-folder. I shouldn't touch the permissions of the folder, then everything installs. Entire wiki gone now. Nevertheless does MYSQL offer all the old files. How can I make the new wiki recognize the old files? What to do? Anybody a suggestion?- 15:22, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

The problem is that i can't manage the shell management with a CLI as advised. The Shell-program suggested at Manual:Upgrading MediaWiki is too critical to be useful. It doesn't connect to the upgrade.php. For the reinstallation-option turns the message: "When the installation process starts, the script will detect existing MediaWiki tables, and upgrade their schema." out to be false: my new installation doesn't connect to the old database at all. Not with the same names used. How can I address the upgrade.php. now in order to restore the wiki to the database I installed 1.11? What is the correct procedure now having upgraded from 1.62? I'm stuck here...- 17:16, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

We managed to engage PHP.2.1 The result was as follows:

$ ../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 1: ?php: No such file or directory
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 2: require_once: command not found
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 3: /MP: is a directory
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 4: AUTHORS: command not found
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 5: AUTHORS: command not found
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 6: AUTHORS: command not found
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 7: AUTHORS: command not found
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 8: */: No such file or directory
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 10: /MP: is a directory
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 11: =: command not found
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 12: syntax error near unexpected token `('
../game/wiki/maintenance/update.php: line 12: `$options = array( 'quick', 'nopurge' );'

so this doesn;t work either.. I give up. The ball is at your side. - 18.64:16, 8 October 2007 (UTC

We consulted the ISP about this problem of the new installation not connecting to the database, but they referred me back to you with the message that they couldn't find any fault at their side. Can somebody respond to this? - 10:38, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Are you running php5? there's a typo above so I can't see whether you have 4.2.1 or 5.2.1. You must have php5. If you're on php5 and getting those errors I suspect it's due the shell program not being able to have sufficient access to the hosting environment. You could export your database and run the upgrade in a local shell environment then import it back into the server again. --Nad 20:26, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

We answered this question already, we have php 5 at our MSQLserver, but somehow this post disappeared. So here it is again: still ( a month later) we do not connect to the database and have an empty Wiki. Reinstalling the old version, or the new one, does not result in reconnecting to the present database. Nor does reloading the base from the backup we neatly made before hand. We simply cannot address the upgrade php. We tried two shell consoles. 1 - the msql shell gives an error message. The directions given at the upgrade page do not apply to the msql query console. 2. the PHPShell program 2.1 advised to use at the upgrade page does not address the Upgrade.php either. More shell management we do not know of. All efforts failed as yet. A standard procedure within mediawiki would be more effective I guess. Is there any option left before we finally have to abandon this wiki completely? (by the way for the new Wiki the [edit] links show left in stead of right, and the installation of the Java toolbar edit buttons is unclear and doesn't work)- 10:16, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

We are very sorry nobody can help us with this. We have given up and are now working with PmWiki with a monobook interface. A terrible lot of work to convert all the old pages from the database to the new ones for this wiki that works from the server. But we're up again. Looks almost like the media wiki install before! See GameWiki213.84.172.15 14:16, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Firefox Issues With Wiki

Hi There,

WE have noticed that local file directory links that work in our mediawiki page in Internet Explorer are not working in Firefox, have you come across this before? and is there a solution for it?

An example of the link is [file://uk-store\Software\MPEG2_DVD_Decoder\mpeg2_dvd_decoder.exe codec], We are running MediaWiki 1.6.6 and PHP 5.1.0

Any help would be much appreciated, I would expect that this is a security issue in firefox but just wondered if you had come across this before?


Joe Boyce

CNET NETWORKS — 15:24, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

See #Links --Nad 20:19, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Switching $wgHashedUploadDirectory to false

I'm interested in switching from the hashed directory/URL structure for uploaded files to the flat one, on an existing wiki. Obviously one of the steps is to set $wgHashedUploadDirectory to false, but that's the easy part.

Manual:$wgHashedUploadDirectory states "This parameter can not be changed after the first image or file has been uploaded (or you need to move all previous uploaded pictures)", but it doesn't say how you would go about moving the pictures/files.

Is it sufficient (assuming favorable conditions: small wiki with complete control, possibility to ensure there are no edits and uploads during maintenance, etc.) to go to the file system and move all images/*/*/foo.png files to images/foo.png, all images/thumb/*/*/foo.png files to images/thumb/foo.png, all images/archive/*/*/foo.png files to images/archive/foo.png and all images/temp/*/*/foo.png files to images/temp/foo.png?

Thanks in advance.

Thibgc 16:36, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Yes that's all you should need to do, and you can just delete or leave thumbs and temp as they'll be rebuild on demand. --Nad 20:17, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

How can I write Articles that do not start with a capital letter?

How can I write Articles that do not start with a capital letter? For example log4j starts an article named "Log4j". But I want to have one that is called "log4j". Do I need a MediaWiki Plugin or something? —PMay 17:23, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

You have two options, you can turn off the forcing of the first letter to capitals with $wgCapitalLinks, or you can enable $wgAllowDisplayTitle to change displayed titles on a per-article basis. --Nad 20:36, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

How can I make Wikipedia (or other MediaWiki sites) add page content when certain URLs are added to the page?

  Problem: on pages (in our company's internal MediaWiki-based site) where I'm adding links to an external book service, I'm getting a lot of questions from other users on how to sign up for the subscription service. Unfortunately when they click through the URLs directly to the book service, it doesn't give them any indication of how to subscribe if they aren't already subscribed.

On all pages where URLs for the book service appear, I'd like to automatically include a "sidebar", References link or some other recognizable callout. This way, the page will automatically include instructions like "Having trouble accessing the subscription content at the external links? Please go [here] to sign up."

I've experimented with Templates and they're helpful , but only when I explicitly edit each page and manually insert the Template tag. However, I'd like to avoid having to track down all such pages as they're added by colleagues, strangers, etc. - I'd prefer that the Wiki server add this "sidebar" text + link as soon as someone adds one of these URLs to any page.

I.E. I'd like to enable some sort of "automation" that would recognize when the page contains a URL with one or more specific FQDNs (such as the book service's FQDN), and to automatically append this "sidebar" text to the page's content. [I'd even be happy to generate the Template that would contain the inserted text, but I'd rather not have to manually insert that Template every time it's used.]

  Request: can anyone tell me whether there's an extensibility capability already in the MediaWiki software that would allow me to do this -- without having administrative privileges on the server? I'm hoping there's something feature similar to Templates, that the end user can generate themselves, that would allow this kind of "auto-append" to work.  [If there's a commonly-used add-on for MediaWiki that uses this I'd be interested in that too, since it's possible we're using some of the more common add-ons here.]

Thanks for any tips or hints you might have.— 20:38, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

The following code snippet can be added to your LocalSettings.php file which will add a template to the SiteNotice if the page contains a You could adjust this to different template and URL or other text pattern that suits. To dynamic add content to the sidebar currently requires the skin to be hacked because the MediaWiki:Navigation article is not wikitext so can't be customised very well. --Nad 00:02, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
$wgHooks['OutputPageBeforeHTML'][] = 'wfCheckURL';
function wfCheckURL(&$out,&$text) {
	global $wgSiteNotice;
	if (ereg('',$text)) $wgSiteNotice .= "{{MyMessage}}";
	return true;

How can I make the start URL of the Wiki to point to a page of my selection?

I have followed the instructions and installed MediaWiki in /wiki directory of Web root. I have enabled short URLs. Everything works fine except for one thing: when I type the start URL of the Wiki, i.e.

it always loads the URL

regardless of what I enter in MediaWiki:mainpage

How can I make the start page point at anything but Main_page?

Cleared your cache or tried on a new / separate computer? --Dr DBW | talk 23:49, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

first i set up the sidebar and everything is running fine, after that i add $wgCapitalLinks = false; to the LocalSettings.php.

then mediawiki dont cares about the MediaWiki:Sidebar. (Sidebar)

delete and recreate takes no effect. the same with remove $wgCapitalLinks = false; delete and recreate.

another problem is that it seems to show just a few minutes after installation the main site if i enter the diretory in the browser.

after i get a site containing:

l<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"></HEAD> <BODY></BODY></HTML>

and just if i type index.php5 the main site was loaded. i check it serval times and at the last wone i dont change anything after installation.

hmm i dosent know the code of mediawiki,

so i often try to solve it with a reinstallation,

if i can't locate the error.

and this taks much effort uff,

so i hope you may give my some answer.

thanks in advance — 03:25, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Installation Error

Hi folks,

I hope someone can give me a hand with, what is probably, a schoolboy error.

I'm installing 1.11.0 onto Redhat, PHP5 (5.2.4) and MySQL5 (5.0.45). I have copied the files across, created the db, changed permissions as advised, open browser to index and clicked on the link to setup. However, I get the following error from the file : /wiki/config/index.php5 :

A file permissions error has occurred. Please check the permissions on the script and the directory it is in and try again.

As advised on the install manual [use 755 (Use 777 on Linux except for RedHat Linux)] I've made sure the permissions are correct. I've tried this on 2 different service providers and keep getting the same error, so I must be missing something simple. I can and have installed other PHP apps with these providers before.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers! —Manawydan 09:25, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

You are setting the /config directory to be writable. Make sure the directory has the x mode attribute set to allow php to go into it. --Rob 10:11, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Upload file

I installed the mediawiki 1.5.8. But there isn't upload file button in the tool box, in my wiki. How will add it. (Please detail). --WhiteDark 10:13, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Manual:Image_Administration --Dr DBW | talk 22:38, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Some Q about Oracle and Mediawiki


Can someone tell me the status of MediaWiki's support for Oracle?

How stable is it, could it do with testing before use in a production environment etc.

It took me a long time to work out that there is 'some' support for Oracle built in to MediaWiki.

Put your question here—BEFORE the signature! And, again, DELETE THIS COMMENT! --> — 13:18, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Aging Articles?

Is there a way to automatically flag or trigger an email for articles that are a specific age? — 14:23, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

That probably would be very practical since article's age without any activity occurring, so you couldn't hook it into an on-save event or anything. You can see the oldest articles in Special:Ancientpages. --Nad 23:12, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Change poistion of content area in MonoBook Skin

I am making some modifications to the Monobook skin and I need a slightly wider left hand navigation column. I have been able to widen this column by changing the .portlet width in the main.css file, but the wider column is now overlapped slightly by the main content area. Is there an easy way to move the position of the content area slightly to the right to accommodate my wider navigation column?

I am using MediaWiki version 1.9.3 with PHP 5 and MySQL 5.0

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks — 15:56, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Ok - Just figured out how to do it by changing the #content margin: setting in main.css.

It just does not work with IE. -- 12:54, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Virus/malicious script and upload question (newby)

I am new to wiki, and recently installed the software. I have been trying to find out about the uploads; i have them enabled, but what is to stop someone from uplaoding a virus or malicious script to my server? Thank you. — 17:45, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Only files with extensions listed in $wgFileExtensions are allowed to be uploaded. Also the MIME type is checked unless $wgVerifyMimeType is disabled. --Nad 23:07, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

SQL Server Support

Is MediaWiki ever going to support SQL Server? I want to run MediaWiki, but my company will not allow MySQL to be installed. — 21:23, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

I can't speak for the developers but I think it would be very unlikely that MediaWiki would support Microsoft SQL Server (if this is what you mean). If your company has java servers you may be interested in Confluence. It's not free, a bit buggy and lacks many of MediaWiki's features, but has a nicer user interface in some ways. Earlier versions of MediaWiki looked like they supported an Oracle database, but this option is not available in recent versions. I have never tried to use any other database than MySQL with MediaWiki. --Rob 10:06, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

class="sortable" problem

On my wiki I am trying to do a sortable table with numbers, but it does not sort correctly when the ref tag is included. See here and try and sort the first column "Bahá'í Source". Any help would be greatly appreciated. 01:55, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

It works for me on a Mac with Camino (Firefox-like) browser. Perhaps the javascript is not compatible with your browser, or you have javascript turned off. Try it in Firefox with Firebug installed and check for errors in the script. --Rob 09:49, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Upload file button

I installed the mediawiki 1.5.8. But there isn't upload file button in the tool box, in my wiki. How will add it.-- 08:40, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Try editing MediaWiki:Sidebar or one of the articles listed in Special:Allmessages. You will need to give your user permissions to do this with: Manual:$wgGroupPermissions by setting 'editinterface' or logging in as a sysop. --Rob 09:58, 27 October 2007 (UTC)
1.5.8 is an extremely old version, you'll have trouble with many extensions and solutions. If you're forced to use an older version because you're stuck with PHP4 then I'd recommend upgrading to 1.6.10, if you have PHP5, upgrade to the latest stable version. --Nad 10:50, 27 October 2007 (UTC)
Also make sure Manual:$wgEnableUploads is enabled in Manual:LocalSettings.php otherwise the upload file link will not appear --Zven 19:59, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Any help for the problem identified at Manual talk:FAQ#Mediawiki-logo would be great. —Svanslyck 12:04, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi again, in localsettigsiphp writes tahat;
    1. To enable image uploads, make sure the 'images' directory
    2. is writable, then uncomment this:
  1. $wgEnableUploads = true;

$wgUseImageResize = true;

  1. $wgUseImageMagick = true;
  2. $wgImageMagickConvertCommand = "/usr/bin/convert";
    1. If you want to use image uploads under safe mode,
    2. create the directories images/archive, images/thumb and
    3. images/temp, and make them all writable. Then uncomment
    4. this, if it's not already uncommented:
  1. $wgHashedUploadDirectory = false;

And in special Upload file page there is this sentence;Sorry, uploading is disabled.

What will I do?--WhiteDark 16:59, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

update Article using wget

Hi, im running my own mediawiki (Version 1.4.7) and I'm trying to update one of my articles regularly using wget. The Command i'm trying is:

#> wget d -O - --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)"  \  
    --post-data 'wpTextbox1=balabala&wpSave=Artikel speichern&wpSummary=bla&wpSection=&wpEdittime=1193495350'\

but it does not work. Any hints? — 15:25, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

The edit form requires the edit-token to be set. You'll need to use bot code to log the user-agent in properly (unless you allow anonymous edits), request an edit form from the server which will contain an edit-token and then post the form back with the new values and the edit-token. There is existing code for this such as PyWikipediaBot, libwww-mediawiki-client-perl or Alternatively you can install Extension:Simple Forms which allows edits to be made from HTTP without a bot (similar to the MediaWiki API which is not ready for article editing yet). OrganicDesign:Yi-bot is an example of using this method to modify articles. --Nad 21:55, 27 October 2007 (UTC)
Looks like the API is coming along and editing/creating pages is working now, it's a two-step process, see API:Edit - Create&Edit pages. --Nad 22:00, 27 October 2007 (UTC)
thx ----10:46, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Site Notice

On the sitenotice, is there a way to make it to where whatever is said up there is random. For example, let's say I want to have a random quote appear up there, how do I do that? --Bentendo 19:29, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

You could check out Extension:RandomText (or similar) and see if you can encorporate its usage in your MediaWiki:Sitenotice --Zven

Installation Error

I need help. I keep getting this message when I run the installation:

Warning: main() [function.main]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/ is not within the allowed path(s): (/var/www/vhosts/ in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 13

Warning: main( [function.main]: failed to open stream: Operation not permitted in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 13

Fatal error: main() [function.require]: Failed opening required '' (include_path='.:') in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 13

Can someone help?

—David McCurrach

I may be wrong, but that error looks like you're running from the shell, the normal installation procedure should be done by pointing your browser at wiki/config/index.php. --Nad 00:53, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Nad - I'm seeing the same error with 1.11 on FreeBSD with or without the Suhosin active. 1.10 set up w/o a problem.

Warning: require_once( [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /data/web/www/wiki/maintenance/ on line 13

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required '' (include_path='.:/usr/local/share/pear') in /data/web/www/wiki/maintenance/ on line 13

Edit-links and pagetitles

Hello! Since the update to MW-Version 1.11.0 is complete we have some problems we cannot solve.

  1. The edit-links of an articles sections are displayed left of the heading. Now we don't know how to move them back to the right.
Your CSS doesn't mention anywhere to put the edit links to the right, you need to have .editsection { float:right } in your main.css --Nad 20:39, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
  1. The pagetitles of our mainpage and portals were disabled but the update had the effect, that the code in monobook.js doesn't work anymore. I looked the problem up in your manual and tested the described method - which didn't work. Now I'm wondering why the page's body-entry doesn't show what your manual states, since we are using the monobook-skin.
Need more details about what's going wrong here - there's no monobook.js, do you mean Monobook.php? if you want to remove portals, just comment their code out in Monobook.php. --Nad 20:39, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Please help us solve the problems. Thanks. — 11:42, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Which wiki are we talking? --AnonDiss 12:46, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
Jedipedia 17:31, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
Can anybody help please? 16:44, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't see your answer between my posts lines. Sorry for that. What I ment regarding the page titles of the portals is described here in the FAQ. How do we manage to do this without the corresponding body-entry or how do we get this? 20:12, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
Can you please specify what you are meaning with main.css? Maybe a look at our messages will help you solve the problem. 20:19, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Today I will renew my request: Can anybody help please? 17:51, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

How to make portals

One frequently asked question is "how to make pretty portals with boxes and stuff". So, maybe we could have a little howto at Help:Portals about that? Starting with simple layouts using tables and/or divs, then going to templates, and eventually covering techniques for complex multilingual portals, like the mainpage on this wiki?

I'm posting this here, because I don't feel like i can give a very good explanation of this, besides "read your favorite HTML manual"... maybe someone else can? Where are the wizards who built the main page? -- Duesentrieb 16:01, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

I'm a wizard, and I built the main page. -- Xargon the Necromancer (aka HappyDog 00:06, 7 November 2007 (UTC))
There are still a lot of holes in the basic documentation which need filling (e.g. the configuration settings, a load of 'basic info' (e.g. on Manual:Contents/To do), the extension categorisation (which is getting better all the time, but still isn't quite there...) plus all the stuff still on meta, etc.), so I would rather see those filled before getting onto the more fancy or esoteric uses such as this. I have no objection to other people writing such pages, but at the moment it is not even on my 'not a priority, but might be quite nice' list... --HappyDog 00:06, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Problem with MWBB

Hi, i have installed MWBB ( Bulletin Board). It works fine but when i start a new Topic or when i reply on a Topic, The statusbar goes down. Can anybody tell me, what can i do? I have installed MW 1.7.3 and tried it with BB 0.1 and also the newest 0.2. — 21:47, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Any reason why such an old version of MW? --Dr DBW | talk 01:16, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Customizing Printed output

Can someone tell me what I need to edit to change how the printed output looks? The default "Printable View" is almost perfect; I just want to remove the name of my Wiki and the extra footer information that is inserted. I want just the article, with headings, table of contents, etc., without meta information about my wiki. If I can get this working, I can simply print the articles to a PDF printer. I need to remove the 4 bits I don't want, namely the title, the URL, the date, and the page number.

All the styles for printable view are defined in wiki/skins/common/commonPrint.css. --Nad 10:44, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Change Webserver

I'm planning a change of my webhoster. It was no problem to export the mysql data, but after downloading all ftp-files und upload it on the new server, it doesn't function.

What did i forget? — 14:20, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

You'll need to be more specific as to what "doesn't function" means for anyone to know what may be wrong. Only the files and DB need to be migrated, but you may have differences in the new environment such as DB access details or absolute file paths, the error messages etc will help pin-point the issue. --Nad 20:26, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for your answer. I've done everything and here is the link for my new wiki, which doesn't function:
The host isn't configured properly to run PHP, it's returning the script unexecuted so you'll need to contact you hosts support and get them to change the configuration (note MediaWiki requires PHP5, it won't work with PHP4). --Nad 10:59, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
I've done this things, but now its wiki problem, the site is empty ?!? --->

I need Help on Setting Up MediaWiki like

I need to know how to setup like Only user can edit their own page but can not edit other users page.

my question is how do I setup and assign users to their page onle.

milliondollarwiki uses Extension:Simple Security, but if the only security requirement you have is that users can't edit other user's user pages, then it would be better to just add a simple condition into localsettings as follows: --Nad 20:52, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
$wgExtensionFunctions[] = 'wfProtectUserPages';
function wfProtectUserPages() {
	global $wgUser,$wgGroupPermissions;
	$title = Title::newFromText($_REQUEST['title']);
	if (is_object($title) && $title->getNamespace() == NS_USER && $wgUser->getName() != $title->getText())
		$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edit'] = false;

Shorter Links Problem With New Domain Name

  • My Wikipedia currently resides at . Visiting the link automatically re-directs you to the main page and would automatically re-direct you to the page named 'Any Page Name'. The problem is I am going to purchase a new domain name soon. With my other domain ( it automatically forwards to and as such works as well.
  • Although what I want with my new domain is for it to load up a splash page (with just a big logo and an 'enter here' and links) before reaching the wikipedia. E.G 'Enter Here' would take you to the homepage. But having edited the home index.php it changes it for all the links. E.G loads up Therefore I would have the splashpage I wanted, but lose the auto-redirects I have now. This is quite frustrating, because even if I hosted seperately and then linked it to anyone trying to do name would fail.
  • Basically, is there a way to have a new domain link to a 'home page' that isn't the wikipedia, but then still retain the re-direct thing. Perhaps there is a php code that allows for exceptions? Any help would be amazing, thanks.
  • I am using MediaWiki 1.11 and PHP 5.
You haven't explained very clearly what you need, I'm guessing that you're saying you have short-urls set up, but that you want some URL's to point out of the wiki rather than being treated as short-urls. If that's what you need then you'd be best to add the exceptions into your re-write rules, but you could also do it by getting LocalSettings to return a redirect if the title is one of your exceptions. If that's not what you're talking about, then please give some examples of your URL's and where they should be resolving to. --Nad 21:02, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Google Adsense

Hi, I would like to remove Google Adsense Tower Panel from my Main Page and replace it with a Google search box at the top right. I would also like to remove the words, Halaman utama (ie. Main Page at the top). How do I go about doing it? — PM Poon 20:53, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Add the following CSS rule to your MediaWiki:Common.css article --Nad 23:29, 29 October 2007 (UTC) h1.firstHeading { display: none; }

Thank you Nad, your magic line works wonder. — PM Poon 11:58, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Did someone move my question?

Hi. last thursday (I think, on the 25th of October), i created a question on this page. It was titled Project:Support_desk#Uploading_files_to_a_specific_namespace. I see in my history i visited both that page and in addition i replied to Project:Support_desk#2nd_Question_is_about_Namespace, which appears to be gone as well. Are they being sent to the dungeon? If this question is in the wrong place please let me know...just don't move it. I don't know where to look! — 21:52, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Things get a bit messed up on this page sometimes and disappear or get deleted, just add the questions on the end here again. Usually if somebody moved the questions deliberately they'd leave the heading there and add a comment linking to the new location so it was probably an accident. --Nad 23:33, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Accessing MediaWiki on a LAN

How can mediawiki installed on my PC accessed by other computers in my network. -Ram — 08:21, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

If it's installed correctly and it's not blocked by firewall you should be able to type the IP address of the computer running MediaWiki into a browser on one of the other workstations on the LAN. Depending on your setup, you may need to append path information too such as /wiki/index.php. --Nad 10:48, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Disallowing edits while allowing talk pages


I've tried finding the answer to this question both through searching on Google and looking through your help sources, but I cannot find the answer.

I am using MediaWiki as the backend for my web site. As such, I've disallowed edits except for a special user group which I am the only member of. However, I would like users who have registered to be able to freely edit the talk pages, since I would like discussion around my material to be allowed. I tried the following configuration:

# Permissions
$wgGroupPermissions['*'    ]['createaccount']   = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['*'    ]['read']            = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['*'    ]['edit']            = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['*'    ]['createpage']      = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['*'    ]['createtalk']      = false;

$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['move']            = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['edit']            = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['createpage']      = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['createtalk']      = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['upload']          = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['reupload']        = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['reupload-shared'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['minoredit']       = true;

$wgGroupPermissions['editor']['edit']            = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['editor']['createpage']      = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['editor']['createtalk']      = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['editor']['upload']          = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['editor']['reupload']        = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['editor']['reupload-shared'] = true;

It says that "createtalk" is allowed for 'user', but if I try to go to an unstarted talk page, it says "The action you have requested is limited to users in the group Sysops.". Even if the talk page is already started, I only get to view the source.

How can I make it so users cannot edit articles, but can freely edit talk pages? Thanks. 10:26, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Try using $wgNamespaceProtection, if you can't get that to work you could modify the code shown in the question above about preventing users from editing other user's user-pages --Nad 10:45, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
Thank you, that solution worked splendidly. (At least seemingly, so far) Thank you very much. :-) — 11:26, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

- Even simpler follow the suggestions given at and it works like a charm for me

Linking and variable issues

I'm making a template that I can use in my news articles that go like this:

Leave a [{{fullurl:{{<includeonly>subst:</includeonly>TALKPAGENAME}}}}?action=edit&section=new comment] on this news article or [[{{<includeonly>subst:</includeonly>TALKPAGENAME}}|read others' comments]]

turns into this:

comment on this news article or read others' comments

However, it's a clumsy solution, because a) It uses an external link to link internally, just to get the "&section=new" part, and b) It has to be subst-ed, as it uses a variable that changes when the news article itself is included on other pages.

Is there a less hacky and more convenient way to tie this together to a non-subst-ed non-external-linked solution that would allow the use of variables, even when included as a template on other pages? 12:36, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

fullurl is the best way to create internal links when you need a query-string, but you should supply the query-string in the second fullurl parameter. I don't quite understand why you're using the subst though, why not just use:
    [{{fullurl:{{TALKPAGENAME}}|action=edit&section=new}} comment]
--Nad 21:14, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Email error

I am getting an error message when trying to validate an email address however the email does get sent. Is there a way to remove the error message? —NGLib 14:50, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

What is the actual error you are getting? What does the page say? --Dr DBW | talk 00:21, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

When trying to send a confirmation code the page returns : Could not send confirmation mail. Check address for invalid characters. - even though the email does get sent. —NGLib 14:20, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

same issue here with Mediawiki 1.11.0 on Fedora 8 --Hvdeynde 12:03, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

No File Upload button

This localsettings.php text

I changed language tr, (half and half english) and $wgEnableUploads= true;

İn Sysytem messages;

MedyaViki:Upload directory read only:The upload directory ($1) is not writable by the webserver.

MedyaViki:Uploaddisabled:Sorry, uploading is disabled.

Version:MediaWiki 1.5.8,

Server ; PHP:4.4, Linuks Centos 3 and 4 platform, IBM Xseries rack server, Intel Xeon, Ultra 320 Scsi Hard Diskler , 4 GB Ecc Registered Ram standart

And these are docs in httpdocs ; Need I a new doc or dırectory? Yes...., No...

  • images 1.00 KB rwx rwx rwx
  • includes 4.00 KB rwx r-x r-x
  • languages 3.00 KB rwx rwx rwx
  • maintenance 3.00 KB rwx r-x r-x
  • math 1.00 KB rwx r-x r-x
  • skins 1.00 KB rwx r-x r-x
  • tests 1.00 KB rwx r-x r-x
  • .cvsignore 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • AdminSettings.sample 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • COPYING 19.0 KB rw- r-- r--
  • FAQ 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • filemngtt0eGe 4.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • HISTORY 28.0 KB rw- r-- r--
  • img_auth.php 2.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • index.php 9.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • INSTALL 3.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • 5.00 KB
  • LocalSettings.php 4.00 KB
  • profileinfo.php 7.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • README 3.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • redirect.php
  • redirect.phtml 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • RELEASE-NOTES 54.0 KB rw- r-- r--
  • thumb.php 2.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • trackback.php 2.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • UPGRADE 9.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • wiki.phtml 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--

İn images doc there are 2 docs. It is true? Yes...., No...

  • .cvsignore 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--
  • README 1.00 KB rw- r-- r--


# This file was automatically generated by the MediaWiki installer.
# If you make manual changes, please keep track in case you need to
# recreate them later.

$IP = "/var/www/vhosts/";
ini_set( "include_path", ".:$IP:$IP/includes:$IP/languages" );
require_once( "includes/DefaultSettings.php" );

# If PHP's memory limit is very low, some operations may fail.
# ini_set( 'memory_limit', '20M' );

if ( $wgCommandLineMode ) {
	if ( isset( $_SERVER ) && array_key_exists( 'REQUEST_METHOD', $_SERVER ) ) {
		die( "This script must be run from the command line\n" );
} elseif ( empty( $wgNoOutputBuffer ) ) {
	## Compress output if the browser supports it
	if( !ini_get( 'zlib.output_compression' ) ) @ob_start( 'ob_gzhandler' );

$wgSitename         = " xxxx";

$wgScriptPath	    = "";
$wgScript           = "$wgScriptPath/index.php";
$wgRedirectScript   = "$wgScriptPath/redirect.php";

## If using PHP as a CGI module, use the ugly URLs
$wgArticlePath      = "$wgScript/$1";
# $wgArticlePath      = "$wgScript?title=$1";

$wgStylePath        = "$wgScriptPath/skins";
$wgStyleDirectory   = "$IP/skins";
$wgLogo             = "$wgStylePath/common/images/wiki.png";

$wgUploadPath       = "$wgScriptPath/images";
$wgUploadDirectory  = "$IP/images";

$wgEnableEmail = true;
$wgEnableUserEmail = true;

$wgEmergencyContact = "xxxxxxxxxxxxx";
$wgPasswordSender	= "xxxxxxxxxxxxxx";

## For a detailed description of the following switches see
## and
## There are many more options for fine tuning available see
## /includes/DefaultSettings.php
## UPO means: this is also a user preference option
$wgEnotifUserTalk = true; # UPO
$wgEnotifWatchlist = true; # UPO
$wgEmailAuthentication = true;

$wgDBserver         = "localhost";
$wgDBname           = "mediawiki";
$wgDBuser           = "mediawiki";
$wgDBpassword       = "xxxxx";
$wgDBprefix         = "";

# If you're on MySQL 3.x, this next line must be FALSE:
$wgDBmysql4 = true;

# Experimental charset support for MySQL 4.1/5.0.
$wgDBmysql5 = false;

## Shared memory settings
$wgMainCacheType = CACHE_NONE;
$wgMemCachedServers = array();

## To enable image uploads, make sure the 'images' directory
## is writable, then uncomment this:
# $wgEnableUploads		= true;
$wgUseImageResize		= true;
# $wgUseImageMagick = true;
# $wgImageMagickConvertCommand = "/usr/bin/convert";

## If you want to use image uploads under safe mode,
## create the directories images/archive, images/thumb and
## images/temp, and make them all writable. Then uncomment
## this, if it's not already uncommented:
# $wgHashedUploadDirectory = false;

## If you have the appropriate support software installed
## you can enable inline LaTeX equations:
# $wgUseTeX			= true;
$wgMathPath         = "{$wgUploadPath}/math";
$wgMathDirectory    = "{$wgUploadDirectory}/math";
$wgTmpDirectory     = "{$wgUploadDirectory}/tmp";

$wgLocalInterwiki   = $wgSitename;

$wgLanguageCode = "tr";

$wgProxyKey = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";

## Default skin: you can change the default skin. Use the internal symbolic
## names, ie 'standard', 'nostalgia', 'cologneblue', 'monobook':
# $wgDefaultSkin = 'monobook';

## For attaching licensing metadata to pages, and displaying an
## appropriate copyright notice / icon. GNU Free Documentation
## License and Creative Commons licenses are supported so far.
# $wgEnableCreativeCommonsRdf = true;
$wgRightsPage = ""; # Set to the title of a wiki page that describes your license/copyright
$wgRightsUrl = "";
$wgRightsText = "";
$wgRightsIcon = "";
# $wgRightsCode = ""; # Not yet used

$wgDiff3 = "";

Not 100% sure on what you are actually asking? Are you saying that file upload is not appearing on your wiki? If it does appear, it will be in the toolbox menu. You do not need a new directory, the images directory is used to upload them into. Yes, those two files are in the images directory. Details on how to enable uploading of files can be found here: Manual:Configuring_file_uploads --Dr DBW | talk 00:27, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Automatic highlighting of references

A question relating to citing/referencing. When using wikipedia, clicking on the small number indicating a reference (eg [2]), the appropriate reference is highlighted in a light blue colour at the bottom of the page. How is this done? Thanks. — 20:59, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

"Couldn't Connect to database" on install

This is my second mediawiki install, the first one on an ISP using MySQL went flawlessly. This one is on CentOS:

# uname -a
Linux 2.6.18-8.el5 #1 SMP Thu Mar 15 19:57:35 EDT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

This one is on PostgreSQL, 'cause I have (sometimes) support for it here at work:

PostgreSQL 8.1.4 on i686-redhat-linux-gnu, compiled by GCC gcc (GCC) 4.1.1 20061011 (Red Hat 4.1.1-30) (1 row)


rpm -q php

First I tried using the superuser account, which I could not use in my previous ISP install:

Checking environment...
Please include all of the lines below when reporting installation problems.
   * PHP 5.1.6 installed
   * Found database drivers for: PostgreSQL
   * PHP server API is apache2handler; ok, using pretty URLs (index.php/Page_Title)
   * Have XML / Latin1-UTF-8 conversion support.
   * Session save path (/var/lib/php/session) appears to be valid.
   * PHP's memory_limit is 16M. Attempting to raise limit to 20M... ok.
   * Couldn't find Turck MMCache, eAccelerator, APC or XCache; cannot use these for object caching.
   * Found GNU diff3: /usr/bin/diff3.
   * Found ImageMagick: /usr/bin/convert; image thumbnailing will be enabled if you enable uploads.
   * Installation directory: /var/www/html
   * Script URI path:
   * Installing MediaWiki with php file extensions
   * Environment checked. You can install MediaWiki.
         Generating configuration file...
   * Database type: PostgreSQL
   * Loading class: DatabasePostgres
   * Attempting to connect to database "postgres" as superuser "root"... error: No database connection

( I tried this both with "root" and another username that has superuser privleges; in both cases I get red messages below saying "check username" "and password".)

Then, as in my previous install,I created the schema first (albiet this time I used "createuser" and "createdb" at the command line instead of the ISP's control panel). This time the install script ends with:

     Generating configuration file...
   * Database type: PostgreSQL
   * Loading class: DatabasePostgres
   * Attempting to connect to database "wikidb" as "wikiuser"... error: No database connection

This time I don't get the red messages next to the superuser username and password fields, but in both cases I get the red message next to the "database host" field saying "Could not connect to database" or "could not connect to database as superuser" when I'm trying it as superuser. In that field, I've left it as the default most of the time ("localhost") and also tried "".

I know practically nothing about using db's, but the page said the user had to have SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE priveleges, so I tried this and tried the install button again:

wikidb=# GRANT select ON mediawiki TO wikiuser
wikidb-# GRANT insert ON mediawiki TO wikiuser
wikidb-# GRANT update ON mediawiki TO wikiuser
wikidb-# GRANT delete ON mediawiki TO wikiuser

...but no luck.

Thanks in advance, —Tzf 21:25, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

  • It's not getting far enough to worry about the grants, so don't worry about those yet. The database connection is not being made at all, so make sure that you are connecting to the right host, the right port, and the right username. Try leaving the host out altogether as well (an empty string).

Turnstep 11:28, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

    • Thanks Turnstep, my local db guy got it. It had something to do with Postgres not wanting to authenticate via password, but unfortunately I was not able to find that out because I had accidentally set up selinux to not allow the db to connect to the httpd, so I was not seeing the right error to figure that out... or something. Sorry to be a stupid newbie, I've only been using Linux since '96 or so... ;^)

-Tzf 02:20, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Customizing edit pages, especially the copyright message?

What does one have to do to change the message that appears at the bottom of "action=edit" pages. E.g. the message that's there by default is something like:

"Please note that all contributions ... (stuff under control of some other settings) .... If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then don't submit it here. You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!"

How does one replace that with something else? —Aldaron 22:52, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning --Dr DBW | talk 00:30, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Excellent. Just what I was looking for. Is there a list somewhere of all these "MediaWiki" pages? Aldaron 02:40, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Special:Allmessages, linked off Special:Specialpages --Dr DBW | talk 00:56, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Processing of Templates

Just wondering if there is may be an error of some sort in the processing of templates. On a normal wiki page, if you have a single return at the end of a line, then a new line starts on the very next line, the text is processed and displayed as a continuous line. Such as this paragraph, which actually looks like this on the editing page:

Just wondering if there is may be an ''error'' of some sort in the processing of templates.
On a normal wiki page, if you have a single return at the end of a line, then a new line starts on the very next line, the text is processed and displayed as a continuous line.
Such as this paragraph, which actually looks like this on the editing page:

However, a similar thing does not happen with a template. I have some templates set up that look something like this:

Some text goes here, that is the text of the template that is inserted into the page.

I assume that when you include that template in a page, it should continue on the very next line. However, it doesn't, it actually gets inserted something like this ....

Here is some text, after which we are inserting the template.
Some text goes here, that is the text of the template that is inserted into the page.

Then this is the text after the template, which has a blank line between it and the template.

Should it actually be doing things like that? If so, makes life a bit difficult in terms of readability of the template if you have to have the noinclude stuff all on the same line as the last line of the template --Dr DBW | talk 01:38, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Found out the the line break before the <noinclude> tage is honoured, so that is why it happens. So have to have that tag right on the end of the last line of the text in the template. Makes it a bit less readable, but fixes the issue. --Dr DBW | talk 04:53, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Summarizing Group of Pages

What is the best existing method or extension for summarizing a group of pages on a single page?

For instance, Categories pages which included a summary from between a set of tags.

Or, a rollover dialog box which shows a summary, author, etc. —Tideland 01:50, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

DPL is designed for creating selections of articles with queries such as title pattern, category membership or template usage and then constructing a report from templates and various aspects of the resulting articles. --Nad 07:29, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Printing Problem with GnuCash

I am having a problem printing an invoice from GnuCash. The invoice shows up fine in the Print Preview section but when it prints out it is printing backwards and upside down. How do I fix this problem?

Chad 03:36, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

This has zero to do with MediaWiki. Would suggest you ask on a GnuCash page, such as here: --Dr DBW | talk 03:42, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Source for basic Wikipedia-style functionality?

It isn't clear to me how much of what Wikipedia provides is part of MediaWiki and how much has been added over time by Wikipedia contributors. I know that's an open ended question, and clearly a lot of functionality has been added to Wikipedia that's not present in MediaWiki, but I'm wondering, specifically, for example, about support for citations. Is there any in MediaWiki? There seem to be no citation templates built in. Is that correct? Is there a simple way to duplicate Wikipedia's rich citation functionality in a MediaWiki wiki? More generally, are there sources for "packages" that can be added to MediaWiki that duplicate Wikipedia functionality? I know about the "extensions". What I'm curious about is what the preferred mode for adding missing Wikipedia functions to bare MediaWiki. Is it really necessary, for example, to copy one template at a time, or are there packages that collect sets of related templates in one place? —Aldaron 03:48, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Currently articles cannot be packaged up easily for quick addition or removal from a wiki, but lists of articles could be maintained for use with the XML import/export. --Nad 07:22, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

custom namespace giving portal pages

Yes, I have created a custom namespace on a company wiki using

  • MediaWiki: 1.8.2
  • PHP: 5.2.0 (apache2handler)
  • MySQL: 5.0.33-log

Everytime we try and place an article in the custom namespace the article is created (and in the custom namespace) but is created as a portal page. When trying to create page 'bar' in namespace 'foo' searching 'foo:bar' allows us to create the page, and after creation using tag {{FULLPAGENAME}} on the page shows it to be 'Foo:bar' yet the page IS a portal page and auto redirects to the disscusion side of the page. I have search and have not found an answer to this. Any help would be appreciated. — 04:15, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

What are all your namespace names and NS_xxx constants, are you certain there's no conflict? --Nad 07:18, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
what do you mean by "portal page"? Do you mean a redirect? -- Duesentrieb 08:44, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Portal Pages, As in the article tab at the top of the doc says Portal instead of Article. The Portal Page itself is accessible, but when referencing the page, in this instance foo:Bar (previously created), from the search button, the page that is displayed is the portals discussion page and not the portal page. You have to click portal tab at top to get to the actual portal page.

I am checking with my admin for the namespace names and NS_xxx constants --

Migration / Missing pages


I have migrated my mediawiki installation from Windows to Linux (SuSe10). After migration some pages with underscores are now missing.


http://localhost/index.php?title=TRB_032_05 --------- does not work on Linux

http://localhost/index.php?title=TRB_032 ------------ Works on Linux & windows

Both above pages work on the Windows Installation.

My two systems are as follows:

Windows2003 - PHP Version 5.2.4 - Latest MediaWiki

Linux Suse10 - PHP Version 5.1.2 - Latest MediaWiki

So to me looks like page names with two underscores and maybe long names are not working.

How can I trouble shoot this problem. I want to check if the page is in database and somehow display it with maybe an database ID.

any help is welcomed !!! 12:07, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

How did you migrate the database over? Was there may be something in that step that has changed things? --Dr DBW | talk 00:58, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

How can I have more buttons on toolbar?

I want an edit toolbar like this one How can I have, and add more buttons like link to wikipedia? — 13:21, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Not exactly what you want, but what about Extension:TinyMCE MW --Dr DBW | talk 01:02, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Thats what you want :-) w:en:User:MarkS/Extra_edit_buttons

Sources for packages of functionality, especially Wikipedia features

What's the best place to look for packages of functionality to extend the features of MediaWiki? I know about "extensions" but I'm especially interested in how people go about reproducing functionality that Wikipedia supports that's not built-in to MediaWiki. For example, Wikipedia has rich support for a variety of citation and reference functionality, especially in the form of Templates. Is the right way to transfer this to another MediaWiki wiki to simply copy all the relevant templates one-by-one? This is challenging when (an in this example) the templates are intricately related (and even appear to have some underlying code). —Aldaron 17:07, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

This question was already answered, the only option currently is to export the a set of templates from wikipedia and import them into your own wiki. --Nad 20:57, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

List of "MediaWiki"" Pages

Is there a list of all the "MediaWiki:" pages somewhere? —Aldaron 17:09, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Special:Allmessages --Nad 20:53, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Problems with ampersand (&) in sidebar

I have got a strange problem. I added my own sidebar under the navigation-menue. Into this sidebar I put links to other articles. All this works fine but I get into trouble when the article I'm linking to has got an ampersand (&) in its name. The text in the sidebar looks as follows:

* Ähnliche Artikel\n ** http://localhost/dewiki/index.php/AT%26T?action=purge|AT&T\n ** http://localhost/dewiki/index.php/General_Motors?action=purge|General_Motors\n ** ...

I replace each "&" in the link by "%26" to get a working URL. The link works but the name of the article/link of the first entry ("AT&T") isn't displayed correctly. Instead of "AT/T" mediawiki changes the name to


Somehow mediawiki seems to have a problem with the "&" and therefore seems to add "<" at the beginning respectively ">" at the end of the text which links to the article.

Has anybody got an idea how to solve this?

Mazi (— 18:19, 31 October 2007 (UTC))

Probably for performance reasons the content of MediaWiki:Sidebar is not wikitext and ampersands in the anchors won't work. You can hack your skins/Monobook.php file (if you're using monobook) and replace the following section of code...
<?php foreach ($this->data['sidebar'] as $bar => $cont) { ?>
<div class='portlet' id='p-<?php echo Sanitizer::escapeId($bar) ?>'<?php echo $skin->tooltip('p-'.$bar) ?>>
	<h5><?php $out = wfMsg( $bar ); if (wfEmptyMsg($bar, $out)) echo $bar; else echo $out; ?></h5>
	<div class='pBody'>
<?php 		foreach($cont as $key => $val) { ?>
			<li id="<?php echo Sanitizer::escapeId($val['id']) ?>"<?php
				if ( $val['active'] ) { ?> class="active" <?php }
			?>><a href="<?php echo htmlspecialchars($val['href']) ?>"<?php echo ... </li>
<?php		} ?>
<?php } ?>

with this...

global $wgUser,$wgTitle,$wgParser;
$side = new Article(Title::newFromText('Sidebar',NS_MEDIAWIKI));
if (is_object($wgParser)) { $psr = $wgParser; $opt = $wgParser->mOptions; }
else { $psr = new Parser; $opt = NULL; }
if (!is_object($opt)) $opt = ParserOptions::newFromUser($wgUser);
$html = $psr->parse($side->fetchContent(),$wgTitle,$opt,true,true)->getText();
echo preg_replace("/<li>\\s*<\\/li>/",'',$html);

That will allow the MediaWiki:Sidebar article to be proper wikitext. You will have to turn off TOC and section-editing and add the proper CSS styles to the content to make it look like a normal portlet, so your MediaWiki:Sidebar article will have to look something like the following example after the change:

<div class="portlet">
<div class='pBody'>
*[[Main Page]]
*[[Community portal]]
*[{{fullurl:Special:Recentchanges}} Recent changes]
--Nad 23:52, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Wow, I didn't think that this was such a huge problem that could only be solved by hacking the monobook-skin. Thank you very much for your help and especially for the effort of posting the needed code-snippets.
Great work! Mazi

No templates?

Is it true that no Templates come with MediaWiki? I see that the Template namespace is empty, but the MediaWiki namespace is empty too, despite the fact that the are default pages (e.g., system messages) there? Is the same thing going on with templates? Are there "hidden", built-in templates that are there but don't show up in the namespace until you edit them? —Aldaron 20:09, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

The only articles which exist after the initial setup are the main page and those in the MediaWiki namespace, there are no pre-defined templates. --Nad 20:51, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
You have to generate them yourself or import from another wiki. --Dr DBW | talk 01:03, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Preventing anonymous users from editing

Alright, I am really very very confused right now. I installed MediaWiki version 1.11.0, and now I want to stop anonymous users from editing my files. I have seen various pages on how to do it, but they keep talking about version 1.6 and 1.5, and I thought I had the latest version. I got very confused on that. Then I read about this variable:


Wich I can't find anywhere, it said version 1.6 and up, so I searched for the veriable for 1.5 and below, wich is:


But I can't find that one anywhere either.
So please, help me on preventing anonymous users editing my wiki pages. —Boebi 21:37, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

The latest MediaWiki version is 1.11.0 (that's one dot eleven), to prevent anonymous edits add the following line to your LocalSettings.php,
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;
For more details, see the "1.6.0 and above" section of Manual:$wgGroupPermissions --Nad 23:17, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

What extension do I use to get a toolbar like on Wikipedia's edit pages?

And will it make a difference that I'm using MediaWiki 1.6.8 — 23:42, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Most likely it will. Upgrade to the latest version if you can. You are unlikely to get assistances with problems if you have an old version installed. Not exactly what you want, but what about Extension:TinyMCE MW --Dr DBW | talk 01:04, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

I found the icons for the buttons at the top in /skins/common/images/
So I had thought I could simply edit a file to enable it.
The reason that I'm using an older version of MediaWiki is that my OS isn't compatible with PHP 5.-- 18:45, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Cache Question

Regarding caching, I was wondering how to go about using MediaWiki's object cache code. I assume MediaWiki abstracts the underlying cache systems (memcahed, APC, DB cache, etc), and was just wondering what class I would need to call to do some basic object caching. I can figure it out from there with the help of the code documentation, just need to be pointed at the right class ;)

Thanks, 04:04, 1 November 2007 (UTC) --Nad 08:12, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Thanks ;) got it up and running with a nice, simple few lines of code. 16:33, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

IO on quantity of displaid results

The default seach/display option is 20 per page, and 50 per page So displaid are only 50 assets and navigation next 50 and so on is available You can change this in your prerences. e.g. to 10000 Than you just can scroll to the results, much more user friendly.

Mine suggestion is: make 1000 the default value.

ING/DI/BPI Michael van Santvoord the Netherlands — 11:50, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Multiple Templates for creating one div element error


The dutch wikipedia MainPage uses several Templates for creating their MainPage. One of the key features that won't work on my local mediawiki installation is the following situation:

<div>This is the left part
 this is the right part</div>

On wikpedia it renders a correct div element, but on my local installation it renders:

<div>This is the left part this is the right part&lt;/div&gt;

How come?

Kaspera 13:18, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

There's always been some difficulties with spreading tags across parser-functions or templates. I think it works on Wikipedia because they've fixed the problem in MediaWiki 1.12. --Nad 00:40, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
Solved! It seemed to the core tidy being not so tidy. Installing tidy however solved the problem. Kaspera 11:49, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

"Uploads" via PHP-Script

Szenario: A wiki-user can upload a .avi video-file. On the server ffmpeg encodes it as a flv. Now I want to send this flv (via post-request / powered by zend framework) into the wiki-upload-form. Is it possible? After my script is finished nothing has happend (see code).

I have the following php-Script (including ZEND-Framework):

require_once 'Zend/Http/Client.php';

$client = new Zend_Http_Client();
    'maxredirects' => 0,
    'timeout'      => 30));

$client->setFileUpload('tmp/test.jpg', 'wpUploadFile');

    'wpSourceType'         => 'file',
	'wpDestFile'           => 'myjpegfile.jpg',
	'wpUploadDescription'  => 'a little description',
	'wpWatchthis'          => 'false'

$response = $client->request('POST');

Sorry for my real bad english! — 17:38, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

It should be able to work, you'd need to output the wiki's response to the post to know what's going wrong --Nad 20:49, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Wrong URI when editting a page

Hi there.
I'm trying to set up wikifarm, but I have a small problem. When clicking on submit after editting a page, I'm redirected to a strange page.
Please try it yourself at
I hope I was clear enough.
Thanks in forward! 17:57, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Custom Parameter-Dependent Pages?

Is there a way to create pages that are responsive to arguments provided. E.g. something like "Example text {foo} and more text" that can be invoked as .../index.php...&foo=BAR to render a page "Example text BAR and more text"? —Aldaron 22:37, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Extension:Simple Forms gives you a #request parser function which gives access to the GET/POST variables. For example {{#request:foo}} would expand to BAR. --Nad 00:38, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Texvc file missing from math folder

Hi, I can't find texvc in my math folder although all 19 other files are present. Where can I get a copy of the said file and can I just upload a compiled file, or I have to upload first and then compile? — PM Poon 14:54, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

change the current working directory into the math folder and run make, it will build the texvc binary --Nad 22:44, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Thank you Nad, as always. You are the only person in this whole wide world that I can really count on. My webhost simply push the problem back to me, saying "other subscribers on the same server do not face the same issue as you facing currently." The problem is now resolved.

No/partial 'skin'; no home page

I've just finished an installation of MediaWiki 1.11 on Windows Server 2003, IIS 6, MySQL 5.0.45, PHP 5.2.4. After getting "CGI misbehaving..." errors, I found instructions on for changing to phpisapi.dll, which worked. Now when I enter the wikiname in my browser I get taken to a page titled "MediaWiki 1.11.0 Installation", at the address http://wiki/config/index.php. This contains the background skin image, but no MW flower logo, sidebar menu, etc. All there is the text: "MediaWiki 1.11.0 Installation Setup has completed, your wiki is configured.

Please delete the /config directory for extra security." (The wiki is a wikilink to wiki/index.php)

Temporarily renaming the config dir and clicking on that link brings me to a 404 page not found error (even though there is an index.php page under wwwroot/mediawiki).

Restoring the config directory again, and clicking on the link brings me to http://wiki/config/index.php/index.php?title=Main_Page

This has exactly the same text as above, including the link - but this time there isn't even background skin image, its an otherwise completely blank page.

So - what am I missing? And how do I get to a 'standard' main page complete with proper skin and sidebar that I can begin editng? Any help hugely appreciated

Bastun 16:28, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

The installation procedure generates a LocalSettings.php file in the config directory, did you move it out of there and into the main wiki directory? --Nad 22:47, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
I did, yes. Bastun 23:15, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
It redirects to config if it doesn't find a LocalSettings.php. Try adding an info.php containing <?php phpinfo();?> and see if you can go to it in the browser when it's in the wiki dir. Also you said above that your main index.php file is in wwwroot/mediawiki, but it's trying to execute http://wiki/... (ie not "mediawiki"), so maybe there's an inconsistent path setting in $IP or something. --Nad 00:04, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
Was just using wiki as the example name, but I'll be sure to check the name of the folder under wwwroot and rename if necessary, when I'm back in work tomorrow. Bastun 23:15, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
Ok - my installation directory was indeed "mediawiki" instead of the actual name of the wiki (that's what I get for following the installation instructions to the letter :P ). I've changed that in IIS and restarted IIS. Now when I put "http://mywikiname" into the browser it brings me to the main page of the wiki, but no skin is loaded. Everything seems useable - editing, saving, creating an account, etc. - just that there's no skin, so it looks really ugly.
I created the info.php page as you asked above and can navigate to it - I get a long, formatted page of settings and information.
So, how can I get the skins to load? Thanks again, Bastun 11:02, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
(Edited to add): Just noticed - the "Powered by mediawiki" flower icon is missing (this is the one appearing in the very bottom right of this page too) - getting a red X, alt text and a hyperling to all right; and also there's no default wiki logo at all. So it does seem to be a path problem? If so, what's the syntax for setting the path in $IP and what should it be set to? Bastun 11:10, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
I don't know if you've solved this, but I just solved the same problem. For some reason, my $wgScriptPath was set to "/config/index.php". Naturally, I changed it to "/config.index.php" (without reading the description of the field!) and had your exact problem. Editing worked, no skin, etc. Once I saw that the mediawiki icon was trying to load from "/index.php/skin", I smacked myself on the head and changed the $wgScriptPath to "". Problem solved. -- 16:14, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
Didn't solve it on my "original" wiki - but while surfing for the problem/solution, I stumbled across and tried that. Had a new wiki up and running successfully in ten minutes - just playing around with settings now to enable uploads, doc uploads, etc. Highly recommended! Bastun 12:18, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Allow $aacute and that kind of tags in category names

Hello. I use a HTML editor and when I write ==Tá== ALL the page become white because the category name do not support entities. But if I put ==Ta== it work! There is someway to allow the entities?

Categories or any other articles are allowed special characters in them, but they need to be done as unicode, not as HTML-entities --Nad 22:50, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Smothgallery and links

Is it possible, to make a link of each picture in my "Smoothgallery"? (See extension:smoothgallery) I have make an Diashow but i want also to use each picture as a link to another website and not to the picture... Can someone explain me how to make links of the pictures? 17:39, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Creating hide/show boxes


i wanted to ask how/if it is possible to creat hide/show boxes in an normal wiki article. I would like to add commands to articles this way. With hide/show boxes i mean boxes like the conetens box on a normal wiki article.

thx for any answers! 17:51, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi, __NOTOC__ will remove your table of content box. That much I know! You can put it anywhere in your page, but I like to put in on my first line. — PM Poon 18:22, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Aha, eh, but i dont want to remove it. I want to add simelar boxes with my own contant in the article.

See W:Wikipedia:Collapsible tables --Nad 22:41, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

What should be in AdminSettings.php?

I get errors when I try to scripts that look at this file (rebuildtextindex.php), saying I'm the wrong user. What should the value set for this file be. Specifically, what user name should be provided for $wgDBadminuser? —Aldaron 19:16, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Usually you'd put the database root user and password, or at least a db user that has full access to the wiki database --Nad 22:43, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Require "real name"; disallow "nickname"?

Is there a way to remove the option to create a "nickname" and to require (it's "optional" by default) a "real name" in user preferences? --Aldaron 19:41, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Fatal error: Call to a member function getText() on a non-object

I have started getting this error on index.php?title=Main_Page Fatal error: Call to a member function getText() on a non-object in /home/.hay/ on line 529

line 529 is $title = Title::newFromText( $wgRequest->getText( 'title' ) );

I am running Mediawiki 1.11, using PHP Version 5.2.3, and MySQL version 5.0.16 I previously made some changes to SkinTemplate.php but after the error started I restored the original file to no avail.

Mamaloca 21:03, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Are you sure you reverted the file properly? maybe try getting the original from the source again. Have you adjusted any other source files? $wgRequest should definitely exist at that point. --Nad 22:55, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
Yes I got a fresh copy from the source file and replaced it. I only made a couple changes to LocalSettings.php and I think I have commented out all the changes I added there . I can't get a fresh copy of that so I may have to delete everything and start new. sheesh. Mamaloca 23:43, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
I saved all the files I needed and did a clean install. Seems to have fixed the problem. Mamaloca 18:08, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Stamping user; date?

Is there a way to insert the current (editing) user name into a page? Are there ways to do the same with the date? E.g. in a template, is there a way to get the user name automatically w/o the user having to do anything? —Aldaron 23:21, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Do you mean like an auto-signiture when saving an edit, or are you talking about rendering the name of the currently viewing user --Nad 23:55, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
The former. E.g when a user adds a template, being able to capture the name of the user that added it and use that as an arugment. (Curious about the latter too.)—Aldaron 00:28, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
To have templates expand when an article is saved rather than whenever it's viewed, use subst. To get the current user's name you'll need to add a CURRENTUSER variable since it isn't included by default, see Extension:Variables for example of that. --Nad 03:03, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

How do I hide the sidebar when the wiki read permission is disabled for non registered users? I do not want the sidebar to be visible in any way to anonymous visitors. TIA

Special System Messages Problem

I used Mediawiki 1.11 on server with this configuration : PHP Version 5.2.0-8+etch1+mysql all special pages are work except of System Messages and it leads me to a blank page.there is no apache or php error in log. How can I solve this problem?



i have an Idea about Mediawiki and security. We have 3 groups which should get access to our wiki but each group should get their own rights.

I mean group 1 should only get access to some pages group 2 should get access to the sites of group 1 and some pages more and also the edit rights should be the same. (same for group 3) Group 1 should not be able to read sites which are done by group2. Means:

Group1 = Sites read and rite only in an area of group1

group2 = Acces of group 1 and read and write acces of an area of group 2

My Idea is to install 3 databases. Is it possible to make 3 Mediawikis, but say in the Page(localsettings.php or what else) of Wiki2 that it can have read and edit acces in Database 1 and write read and edit access in Database 2?

3 Mediawikis with different rights.


i have an Idea about Mediawiki and security. We have 3 groups which should get access to our wiki but each group should get their own rights.

I mean group 1 should only get access to some pages group 2 should get access to the sites of group 1 and some pages more and also the edit rights should be the same. (same for group 3) Means:

Group1 = Sites read and rite only in an area of group1

group2 = Acces of group 1 and read and write acces of an area of group 2

My Idea is to install 3 databases. Is it possible to make 3 Mediawikis, but say in the Page of Wiki2 that it can have read and edit acces in Database 1 and write read and edit access in Database 2?

Redirect loop detected!

I updates mediawiki from 1.6.8 to 1.11

Now I've got the following error:

Internal error
Redirect loop detected!
This means the wiki got confused about what page was requested; this sometimes happens when moving a wiki to a new server or changing the server configuration.
Your web server was detected as possibly not supporting URL path components (PATH_INFO) correctly; check your LocalSettings.php for a customized $wgArticlePath setting and/or toggle $wgUsePathInfo to true.

The Results of the installation routine:

PHP 5.1.6 installed
Found database drivers for: MySQL PostgreSQL
Warning: PHP's register_globals option is enabled. Disable it if you can.
MediaWiki will work, but your server is more exposed to PHP-based security
PHP server API is apache2filter; using ugly URLs
Have XML / Latin1-UTF-8 conversion support.
Session save path (/tmp) appears to be valid.
PHP's memory_limit is 32M.
Couldn't find Turck MMCache, eAccelerator, APC or XCache; cannot use these
for object caching.
Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/bin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
/home/httpd/vhosts/ on line 1793

Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/bin/diff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
/home/httpd/vhosts/ on line 1793

Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/bin/diff3.exe) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/local/bin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/local/bin/diff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/local/bin/diff3.exe) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
/home/httpd/vhosts/ on line 1793

Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/opt/csw/bin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/opt/csw/bin/diff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/gnu/bin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/gnu/bin/diff3.exe) is not within the allowed path(s):
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/usr/sfw/bin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/sbin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
/home/httpd/vhosts/ on line 1793

Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
effect. File(/sbin/diff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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(/home/httpd/vhosts/ in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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effect. File(/bin/gdiff3) is not within the allowed path(s):
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GNU diff3 not found.
Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in
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Found GD graphics library built-in, image thumbnailing will be enabled if
you enable uploads.
Installation directory: /home/httpd/vhosts/
Script URI path: /wiki
Installing MediaWiki with php file extensions
Environment checked. You can install MediaWiki.
Warning: $wgSecretKey key is insecure, generated with mt_rand(). Consider
changing it manually.
Generating configuration file...

Database type: MySQL
Loading class: DatabaseMysql
Attempting to connect to database server as wiki...success.
Connected to 4.1.21
Database wiki exists
There are already MediaWiki tables in this database. Checking if updates are
...hitcounter table already exists.
...querycache table already exists.
...objectcache table already exists.
...categorylinks table already exists.
...logging table already exists.
...user_newtalk table already exists.
...transcache table already exists.
...trackbacks table already exists.
...externallinks table already exists.
...job table already exists.
Creating langlinks table...ok
Creating querycache_info table...ok
Creating filearchive table...ok
Creating querycachetwo table...ok
Creating redirect table...ok
...have ipb_id field in ipblocks table.
...have ipb_expiry field in ipblocks table.
...have rc_type field in recentchanges table.
...have rc_ip field in recentchanges table.
...have rc_id field in recentchanges table.
...have rc_patrolled field in recentchanges table.
Adding rc_old_len field to table recentchanges...ok
...have user_real_name field in user table.
...have user_token field in user table.
...have user_email_token field in user table.
...have user_registration field in user table.
...have log_params field in logging table.
...have ar_rev_id field in archive table.
...have ar_text_id field in archive table.
...have page_len field in page table.
...have rev_deleted field in revision table.
...have img_width field in image table.
...have img_metadata field in image table.
...have img_media_type field in image table.
...have ss_total_pages field in site_stats table.
...have iw_trans field in interwiki table.
...have ipb_range_start field in ipblocks table.
...have ss_images field in site_stats table.
Adding ipb_anon_only field to table ipblocks...ok
Adding ipb_enable_autoblock field to table ipblocks...ok
Adding user_newpass_time field to table user...ok
Adding user_editcount field to table user...ok
Adding rc_deleted field to table recentchanges...ok
Adding log_id field to table logging...ok
Adding log_deleted field to table logging...ok
Adding ar_deleted field to table archive...ok
Adding ipb_deleted field to table ipblocks...ok
Adding fa_deleted field to table filearchive...ok
Adding rev_len field to table revision...ok
Adding ar_len field to table archive...ok
Adding rev_parent_id field to table revision...ok
...page_restrictions table does not exist, skipping new field patch
Adding ipb_block_email field to table ipblocks...ok
Adding oi_metadata field to table oldimage...ok
Adding ar_page_id field to table archive...ok
Adding img_sha1 field to table image...ok
...already have interwiki table
...indexes seem up to 20031107 standards
Already have pagelinks; skipping old links table updates.
...image primary key already set.
The watchlist table is already set up for email notification.
...watchlist talk page rows already present
...user table does not contain old email authentication field.
Logging table has correct title encoding. table already exists.
revision timestamp indexes already up to 2005-03-13
...rev_text_id already in place.
...page_namespace is already a full int (int(11)).
...ar_namespace is already a full int (int(11)).
...rc_namespace is already a full int (int(11)).
...wl_namespace is already a full int (int(11)).
...qc_namespace is already a full int (int(11)).
...log_namespace is already a full int (int(11)).
...already have pagelinks table.
...templatelinks table already exists
No img_type field in image table; Good.
Already have unique user_name index.
...user_groups table already exists.
...user_groups is in current format.
...wl_notificationtimestamp is already nullable.
...timestamp key on logging already exists.
Setting page_random to a random value on rows where it equals 0...changed 0
Checking for additional recent changes indices...
...index `rc_ns_usertext` not found; adding...done.
...index `rc_user_text` not found; adding...done.
Checking for backlinking indices...
Checking if pagelinks index pl_namespace includes field pl_from...
...index pl_namespace on table pagelinks has no field pl_from; adding
Checking for categorylinks indices...
Checking if categorylinks index cl_sortkey includes field cl_from...
...index cl_sortkey on table categorylinks has no field cl_from; adding
Creating page_restrictions table...ok
Migrating old restrictions to new table...ok
Adding usertext,timestamp key on archive table... ok
Adding usertext,timestamp key on image table... ok
Adding usertext,timestamp key on oldimage table... ok
Deleting old default messages (this may take a long time!)...Done
Checking site_stats row...ok.
Purging caches...done.
Finished update checks.
Creating LocalSettings.php...


Installation successful! Move the config/LocalSettings.php file to the
parent directory, then follow this link to your wiki.

You should change file permissions for LocalSettings.php as required to
prevent other users on the server reading passwords and altering
configuration data.

Any help? Thanks a lot!

HTTP Edit Call via POST


I've been here a couple times before ;) one of those times was #Creating_a_New_Article_via_Extension_Code. The Perl script, unfortunately, did not get the job done as I had expected. It required entirely too much modification, to the point that it just wasn't worth doing. I abandoned the idea for a while, simply because I was too busy; well, now I'm back again ;)

I'm trying to do the job in PHP. I would use the pecl_http library, but I just can't get it to build in the server's shell - so I'm doing it with raw fsockopen()-based calls; doesn't make it that much more complicated. Anyway, I had it to the point that it was submitting - but the server was returning an error page, stating that the edit failed due to a loss of session data. Makes sense, since I wasn't sending it the session cookies. So I added the cookies - and now it seems to just hang; it even locks up the httpd master process, and I have to restart the daemon. Here's the code:

// $this->wpStarttime is set to date('YmdHis') at the beginning of the script.
// $imported, $updated, $updatedNum, and $unchanged are all set as parameters to the method call.
$n = "\r\n";
$data = 'wpSection=&wpStarttime=' . $this->wpStarttime . '&wpEdittime=' . date('YmdHis') . '&wpScrolltop=&wpSummary=' .
	urlencode($imported . ' new spells; ' . $updated . ' updated spells (' . $updatedNum . ' total changes); ' . $unchanged . ' unchanged spells') .
	'&wpSave=Save+page&wpTextbox1=' . urlencode($this->changes_str);
$r = '<pre>';
if(!$s = fsockopen('localhost', '80', $errno, $errstr, 15)) {
	$r .= 'ERROR: ' . $errno . ' - ' . $errstr;
} else {
	stream_set_timeout($s, 10);
		'POST /wiki/index.php?title=Patch:SpellChangesByDate/' . substr($this->wpStarttime, 0, 8) . '&action=submit HTTP/1.1' . $n .
		'Host:' . $n .
		'Cookie: kp_eq__session=' . urlencode($_COOKIE['kp_eq__session']) . '; kp_eq_Token=' . urlencode($_COOKIE['kp_eq_Token']) .
			'; kp_eq_UserName=' . urlencode($_COOKIE['kp_eq_UserName']) . '; kp_eq_UserID=' . urlencode($_COOKIE['kp_eq_UserID']).
			$n .
		'Connection: Close' . $n .
		'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded' . $n .
		'Content-Length: ' . strlen($data) . $n . $n .
	while(!feof($s)) {
		$r .= fread($s, 256);
return $r . '</pre>';

Like I said, it works like a charm (well, sort of, it of course does not actually save the data) when I remove the cookies. Do I need to remove one of the cookies? Or add another?

Thanks for your time,

Adding tabs

Greeting. Is it possible to add TABS in MediaWiki. Much like there's a Project Page, Discussion, Edit, and History.

I'd like to add custom tabs related to the Project Page.

Thanks. — 03:54, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

License implications?

What are the license implications of there various licenses under which the MediaWiki code is made available. For example, if I build a site using MediaWiki, do I still own the contents of the site, or have I released it into the PD, or under the GNU Free Documentation License? What happens if I borrow a template from Wikipedia?

Say for example, I find a template here or on Wikipedia that I like and copy it to my project. I see that the actual page defining this template is subject to whatever copyleft license applied to the original version from which it was derived, so that if someone comes across my version of the template and says they want to use it, I have to let them. Big deal, no one will be editing these templates (I can lock them) and no one would have any reason to put any valuable project-related proprietary stuff there anyway.

Here's the question though: what about all the pages that use this template? Are they "poisoned" by the license that applies to the template itself? I can't imagine that they are. That would be insane. But I want to be sure. —IsusBog 04:16, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

MySQL error 1267?

Hello! I succefully install MediaWiki 1.11.0 And when I go to index.php I see that error mysql:

«Article::pageData». MySQL error «1267: Illegal mix of collations (cp1251_bin,IMPLICIT) and (latin1_swedish_ci,COERCIBLE) for operation '=' (localhost)».

Automated edits

I occasionally use MediaWiki for maintaining todo-lists. Users can mark tasks as "done" (or add new tasks to the list). I am looking for an easier (automated) way to change the status of a task. Instead of editing the page to mark a task as "done" for example, I'd like to have an image acting as a status indicator (e.g. green checkmark for "done", red "x" for "not done"), which acts as a toggle when clicked. It should edit the status inside the article (e.g. change "status: 0" to "status: 1") whenever an user with editing rights clicks on it. Basically I'm looking for a way to automatically edit a specific part of an article by clicking an image. Is there some kind of extension for this? Or is there another way to do this?

Extension:Workflow does what you're looking for, but it's a very new extension still in beta stage, so there could be some unforseen issues. --Nad 21:52, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! -- 01:24, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

MediaWiki Hungarian transaltion updated


I needed this wiki gem for my site. I was glad to see that it supported Hungarian language. The language file seemed to be too old (many lines untranslated), so I synchronized it to the latest version 1.11.0 and completed the translation. I looked around on your site but haven't found the way to submit it. Would you give me some information?


I think M:Translation requests may be the place, or if not, the people there should know what to do --Nad 22:01, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

Prompting to Download

Every time I click the edit button on an entry, it prompts to download a .php file at What's going on? — 01:39, 5 November 2007 (UTC)