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(OUTDATED) I have a UId - but I cannot comeback - I have my internal number

I am lost out and very sorry if I am writing things in the wrong place.

I have a UId - tarcisio and I have asked a new pass to be sent to me, but - perhaps - I used an e-mail that has been dropped since a time.

I have my internal number. Would I put it here ? I do not think so!

How can I manage to come back?


(RESOLVED) Import TikiWiki-Pages to MediaWiki

  • MediaWiki: 1.12
  • PHP: 5.2.6
  • MySQL: 5.0.51b-community
  • TikiWiki: 1.9.9

Hey, I have used TikiWiki for more than 3 years. Now I would like to change my Wiki to MediaWiki.

Is there any script or trick how to convert the Wiki-Pages from TikiWiki to MediaWiki? — 13:20, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

For now try just to do the long way because I don't think there is a good explanation: Copying and pasting. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 03:44, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Monobook Skin Variant Help with Line Breaks

  • MediaWiki 1.12.0
  • PHP 5.2.6 (cgi-fcgi)
  • MySQL 5.0.45-log

I have not edited my monobook skin too much, but for some reason my skin has some insane line breaks: For an example check My Special:Version and now take a look at your Special:Version Could anyone enlighten me as to why mine does this? Or what I need to change to make it not act funny?

Hope I did this right — 14:02, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Yea whats wrong with it? --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 05:36, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Incorrect Link Lists

A template of ours is causing pages to show up on the Special:Disambiguations page even though the pages do not actually link to those disambiguation pages. The template is the Cite template. We tried to fix the problem with the template but have had no success.

Mjr162006 14:50, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

We have determined the cause of the problem. It is the #ifexist function from the ParserFunctions extension. If there is an internal link in the either of the outputs for the function, then that link will show up in all of the relevant Special Pages regardless of whether the target pages exists or not. I will now report this on that extension's discussion page.--Mjr162006 22:51, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Database location

I would just like to apologize in advance, because I am well beyond my ken here. I set up a personal wiki on a local server using the lifehacker guide here ->, using WAMP5 1.6.5 and MediaWiki 1.5.8. The computer on which I was running this wiki was then brutally infected with a virus, and I was forced to reformat. Before I did so, I saved the entire wamp folder, which I presumed contained the data for my mediawiki project. However, as I am now trying to reconstruct the setup I had before, I have discovered several problems, most of which are probably for the folks at the wampserver forums. But as I'm trying to figure out how to get this up and running again, the first problem I have discovered is that I really don't know where the actual data for my database was saved. I know I should have taken the time to do a real backup (hindsight is 20/20) but I figured that just saving the whole folder would do the trick. I was very frustrated with my computer at that point, so the quickest solution seemed best.

If somebody can tell me that my data was actually located elsewhere and is now lost on my wiped-clean HD, then the plus side is that I will stop needing to bother nice people on forums like this one. But I would really like to get my wiki up and running again, if at all possible. Thanks in advance for your consideration, and for going easy on me.

MrCheshire 03:29, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) mod_auth_sspi with apache, php,mysql on windows

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP: 5.2.6
  • MySQL: 4.1
  • mod_auth_sspi-1.0.4-2.0.58-3
  • URL: http:\\localhost\testwiki

I am trying to use mod_auth_sspi module for windows integrated authentication. I have loaded the module in httpd.conf LoadModule sspi_auth_module modules/

and added the below lines

<Directory "C:\Program Files\Apache\htdocs">
   # Configure mod_auth_sspi - who can get stuff from this server.
   #AuthName "Intranet"
   AuthType SSPI
   SSPIAuth On
   SSPIAuthoritative On
   SSPIDomain MyDomain
   SSPIOfferBasic On
   SSPIOmitDomain On
   #SSPIUsernameCase lower
   # PerRequestAuth can now be safely set to `off` in 1.0.5
   #SSPIPerRequestAuth off
   require valid-user

Then what else we need to do to make mediawiki work with domains's username and password

(OUTDATED) W3C's WCAG 1.0 Priorities 1 and 2 checkpoints

Does MediaWiki support W3C's WCAG 1.0 Priorities 1 and 2 checkpoints? — 16:06, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Server error

this error not come always.

Server Error in '/' Application.
 Object reference not set to an instance of an object. 
 Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. 
 Exception Details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Source Error: 
 An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.  

Stack Trace: 
 [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]
  IIS7Injector.InjectedContentStream.Write(Byte[] buffer, Int32 offset, Int32 count) +146
  System.Web.HttpWriter.FilterIntegrated(Boolean finalFiltering, IIS7WorkerRequest wr) +265
  System.Web.HttpResponse.FilterOutput() +80
  System.Web.CallFilterExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +54
  System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +64
Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.1434; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.1434 

Azeeznm 16:57, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) mailto multiple recipients


is there wiki syntax to create mailto-links for multiple recipients, separated by comma? 17:15, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Try looking in extensions. If not, if you using a hosted server, in your control pannel you can do this. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 03:28, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Permissions not being granted

It seems that user permissions are not being granted. Neither of our bureaucrat, or our sysop seem to be granted any permissions on loggin in. To note myself as a bureaucrat can not create users, not view the Special:Userrights page. For example on the Userrights page it tells me I have not been granted the proper permission.

This is what we have in our LocalSettings.php file in regards to permissions.

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createaccount'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createpage'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createtalk'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['bureaucrat']['userrights'] = true;

This hasn't changed in months, yet now all of a sudden we are bureaucrat less it seems. In looking at the SQL table wiki_user_group the correct user IDs have the correct bureaucrat or sysop permissions set.

LifesaverM 19:02, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm having this trouble with a fresh install of MW 1.12 also. MW says that only bureaucrats have permission to edit Special:Userrights, and it says the <default user> (the account created at install time) is a member of the bureaucrat group, but it doesn't allow access to the Special:Userrights page because it says <default user> is not a member of the group.
UPDATE: I have discovered that if I grant everyone access to the userrights table (i.e. $wgGroupPermissions['*']['userrights'] = true; that I can get access to the table. Also, I checked the mySql database directly to make sure that userid 1 was listed as a member of both bureaucrat and sysop groups, and this is so.
I have also noticed that none of the other default groups, user, is not available to assign a user to via Special:Userrights, though it's there in the DefaultSettings.php. I can add it to LocalSettings.php and it'll show up, though.
The upshot is: I can only gain access to the Special:Userrights page if I open up the system completely, and of all the default groups assigned at installation time only bot, sysop, and bureaucrat are available even if I do.
Quite puzzling! Any help would be appreciated.
--Blackhawke 22:17, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Yes this is the same conclusion I have reached thus far as well. The groups themselves seems fine, however users are simply not having any permissions granted to them on login outside of "Verified" and "User". I as well tested setting userrights access to all users, and I was able to obtain access. So now when I have to do major admin work I'm having to make the server unacessible to the outside world, open up the permissions, do what I need to, secure the permission, and make the server public again. Quite a pain to say the least. This problem began before I upgrade mediawiki to 1.12.0 previously it ran 1.11.0, at some point this stopped working. So I expanded all the files on the server preserving the database to make sure I didn't have any corrupted files and then upgraded to 1.12.0 just to see if it would fix it. I've also noticed images are not displaying properly. When looking in the DB itself I'm noticing a "/?" getting added to the end of file locations. Perhaps some UTF-8 writting problem? Any help would be appreciated.

LifesaverM 04:55, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Multi langage (French question)


J'aimerai de l'aide sur comment créer un wiki multi langage comme vous l'avez ici (cadre en dessous qui permet de choisir sa langue). Je ne sais pas trop où m'adresser donc je me permets de vous contacter.

Merci d'avance

Translated verison from
I'd like to help on how to create a wiki multi language as you have here (below framework that ::allows to choose the language). I do not know where I speak therefore I will contact you.
Thank you in advance
-- 04:04, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
Do you mean inter-language links? Tohd8BohaithuGh1 (talk | contribs) 22:27, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) dictionary

i want create a dictionary site in mediawiki. i have a dictionary in access database. how to import this database into mediawiki? and make mediawiki site? — 09:16, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Just install mediawiki onto your site and when asked for you database info put the same as you dictionary one. What is you website's address?--Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:54, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Download not working

Hello, I have tried unsuccessfully to download the MediaWiki software from MediaWiki download page ( Download) and from the sourceforge repository. When attempting to download the 1.12 release from the MediaWiki download page I get the following errors: either a 404 because the link to 1.12.tar.gz appears to our anti-virus software to have a virus embedded in a gif in that frame or the standard Internet Explorer 7 error page where it says the page can not be displayed.

When attempting to download from Sourceforge, the current stable version (1.12) is not available (it only shows 1.9) and then when the link is clicked to download the tar file for 1.9, the Sourceforge page says that it is downloading but nothing appears (and there is no information bar that appears in the browser asking me if i want to download the file).

I did not have these problems when I attempted to download some of the extensions to MediaWiki.

Any ideas for how this problem can be resolved?

Thanks, Christine

Download 1.13 and extract the files to the point where .tar and .gz isnt there anymore. use 7zip for this. then just upload it to you public_html folder under the name w. Email me if I can be of any assistance when you did this. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:57, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Warning: Cannot modify header information?

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP / MySQL: I don't know because I can't enter my wiki... = =
  • URL: This is Chinese = =

When I enter my wiki is result in a blank page.

I input the forcing debug code:

error_reporting( E_ALL );
ini_set( 'display_errors', 1 );

in the LocalSettings.php and I get:

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /usr/local/apache2/htdocs/unplkno1c/wiki/LocalSettings.php:1) in /usr/local/apache2/htdocs/unplkno1c/wiki/includes/WebResponse.php on line 10

Six of this line on the page...

What is going on...I am exhaused = =

If the solution needs to mod sth in the php.ini or sth like that,

please provide another solution that doesn't need to mod things like that

b/c I am using a free host... —Hamsterham 14:37, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Sorry for I didn't make a title:P -Hamsterham 14:41, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Try reinstalling your wiki (1.13 is a good version). If that doesn't work it might be because of your host. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 03:23, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
but why? maybe I can contact the host for solving this problem...-Hamsterham 14:21, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Check that there's no space before the <?php tag or BOM character in LocalSettings.php. iAlex 20:54, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Well,I dont think so... -Hamsterham 07:58, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
I thought that it is sth wrong with the php or safe mode, is it? -Hamsterham 12:54, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) 500 Internal Server Error Message

  • MediaWiki: (Cannot access Wiki due to error)
  • PHP: (Version 5)
  • MySQL: (Unsure - hosted remotely)
  • URL: [1]

Earlier today my Wiki was returning a 500 Internal Server Error message, I have changed no settings or edited any files. The host says the problem was related to my .htaccess file, the only line I have in the htaccess is "AddHandler application/x-httpd-php5 .php" which forces the server to use php5 instead of the default php 4 for the Wiki. They removed the .htaccess and after that I received this error "Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_OBJECT_OPERATOR in /home/rrigney5/public_html/wiki/LocalSettings.php on line 75" which I was told was related to it running on php4.

I'm wondering if this is on my hosts end, or if somehow something happened without any changes or intervention. Thank you in advance :)

Halister 03:04, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Footer Background Image

Hi, i've installed mediawiki onto a work server. I am currently editing the wiki but have come to a bit of a road block. I wanted to add an image to my footer, but i want the image to be as long as the footer and have the text privacy policy, About, Disclaimer on top of this. kinda like a background image for only the footer. however my programming skills are pretty much 0-none.

Can anybody help? Thank you Rachel Kempster

Yea, just sent you an email. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 05:16, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) A comment

Just a comment -- take it for what it is worth: I wrote an rather long article on Dkosopedia. I was surprised to discover the following notice on the bottom of the page:

GNU Free Documentation License 1.2

  • This page has been accessed 1,745 times.
  • This page was last modified 19:37, 2 October 2007 by dKosopedia user Patrick0Moran. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Brudny and BartFraden.
  • Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

It is untrue that Brudny and BartFraden had any substantial input to this article at all. The software appears to have sorted the names of two people out of the edit history, and they were the ones that did nothing to speak of.

Personally, I don't see the point of "giving credit" to begin with, but to give credit to the one person on that site who has been unfriendly to me and lots of other people is particularly galling. Did somebody say that it really takes a computer to screw things up? — 01:37, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

You can always undo thier work. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:51, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) New magic word

Is there a new magic word linked to in the link above, and is NOINDEX a proper magic word?? Also, what settings can I use to prevent robots getting hold of user/user talk pages on my new wiki, when it launches?? —Malrick 09:13, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

[2] Take a look at $wgNamespaceRobotPolicies. —Emufarmers(T|C) 09:18, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Emufarmers. I will check that out. --Malrick 09:19, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Generell information about user maintenance such as rights, deleting accounts, access and protecting pages

  • MediaWiki: Version 1.9.3
  • PHP: 5.1.2(apache2handler)
  • MySQL: PostgreSQL 8.1.9 on i486-pc-linux-gnu, compiled by GCC gcc-4.0.gcc-opt (GCC) 4.0.3 (Ubuntu 4.0.3-1ubuntu5)

Hello there,

Im using the MediaWiki and would like to know if you also can make some special adjustments
such as deleting pages/users or giving some users no access to certain categories.

I would be very grateful for any responses. Don´t hestitate to contact me as well via mail at —Regards from Germany - Maintower 08:52, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Well you can't delete a user but you can block a user. You can always protect the category pages so only sysops can edit it, though I dont think you can block them completly from viewing it. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:41, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) is there a way to use "Gizmos" & other Special Content ?

I'm presently using MetaDot as a wiki platform, and like it for many things, like the ability to have email forums and group calendar "gizmo" pages. Can those kinds of things be found somewhere and used within MediaWiki? I'm also looking for the ability to display page hierarchies and to copy/paste page hierarchy templates as workspaces for clients to use. Is that possible in MediaWiki, or in any other relatively user friendly wiki you know of?

thanks, —PFHenshaw 13:35, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Well it can be if you can find any extensions that do that. I know I saw google calander extension somewhere among others... Just go on the extensions category or type in the search box what you want and see what you come up with. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 05:10, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Setting default to "protected"

Hi, I would like to set all my pages to "protected" by default so that only sysops and the user who started the page can edit it. Is that possible?

The reason is because I use the "Delete old revisions" feature to cut cost on webhosting. And it would be sad if there is any vandalism that goes unnoticed. Moreover, my articles at do not need much co-writing. Generally, each contributor can handle the whole article by himself. — PM Poon 18:01, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

That is not possible. It could be if someone creates an extension for it. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:35, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) How to Specify a Default "Main Page" for each custom namespace?

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP: 5.2.5 (apache2handler)
  • MySQL: 5.1.26-rc
  • URL: Local LAN Only URL

I have spent several hours scouring the help files and, perhaps I am not familiar with how a Wiki is supposed to work but, I am not able to find any information on how to specify the default page for each new custom namespace.

I am under the impression that I would create a new namespace and have a "Main Page" appear for that namespace so a brief explanation of what the namespace is there for or what the namespace offers could be displayed.

Can anyone tell me how this is done? I have found how to modify the NS_MAIN "Main Page" but I don't want to do that. Any suggestion?

--Andrewggrant 17:20, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Export of wiki to CD or USB-Stick

Hello ,

i have installed media wiki on a server with xaamp sql .

can i export the whole wiki to a cd or usb-stick, so that i can see the articles when i have no connection to server. 14:46, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Yea if but you might have to do it one by one. In your browser that you are viewing your wiki on click on File>Save as> specify name and file type (ex: .doc for word). --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:38, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) How to convert mediaWiki pages to a word file

Hello everyOne ;-) How can I convert mediawiki pages to a word document?.

Contact: — 07:53, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

What do you mean by mediawiki pages? Do you mean this website or your own wiki? Well if you mean your own wiki and you are talking about the actual pages on your site, not the system pages, the best way would be to go to File > Save as... on your browser , and change the file type to a word document (.doc). --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:26, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Special:Version shows up as blank

I can't figure out my version because the page "special:version" shows up as blank. What causes this and how can I otherwise figure out what version I have

Jcrigler 15:24, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Paratemers to index.php for controlling date display

  • MediaWiki: N/A
  • PHP: N/A
  • MySQL: N/A
  • URL: multiple


I'm working on a bot and I was just wondering if there's any way of overloading the default time and date format and also the time offset in a parameter to index.php?

Thanks in advance,

Cfp 21:23, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Gadget scripts running under Greasemonkey?

Hello, I asked this at the English Wikipedia help desk and was directed to ask here.

My question is about the Gadgets in My preferences; is it possible to run the scripts under Greasemonkey? So far I've tried all the gadgets by simply coping the code from the monobook pages into Greasemonkey, but none work except WikiED. I can't figure out why wikiED works but popups and the others don't. Trust it would be the Gadget I don't want that works :( Anyway, if someone knows a way or has a link to a site that can tell me how to make the Gadgets work, please. I can't put them in my monobook because I erase the wiki every so often and reinstall. I have a local Wiki and I'd like to use the scripts without installing, because I regularly erase it and start a new installation. It would be enormously helpful if I could run them from my Firefox browser using Greasemonkey to avoid having to reinstall the scripts each time. Thank you for your help. 13:15, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Downloading whole content of a wiki

How can in download the whole content (the articles) of an MediaWiki-Installation? I mean not Wikipedia, but an intern wiki in my company, which I can't reach from outside the intranet.

Thank You! — 19:10, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

If your server is hosted by another company, you can go on your file manager and click the item and download or save the file. In your case, you need access to the database which is not easily read by humans. Try to get help from your company adminstrator for this. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 05:08, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) A few issues with new installation

  • MediaWiki 1.12.0
  • PHP 5.2.5 (apache)
  • MySQL 5.0.51a-community
  • URL: Shadowlore

I'm having a few problems with the new installation of my mediawiki. First, I'm unable to delete pages though my account is set as a Bureaucrat and a SysOp. The delete option isn't there. (I have a Test page that I want to delete). Also, I'm in the process of altering the skin. Finally, I posted for help with the wiki time line I installed as I don't want it to appear on every page so please disregard that and hopefully I'll get the help I need with that. The last issue is ... is there someplace that has an explanation of what each css definition relates to in regards to the page design?

No there is'nt a page with a description of css. But I have made my own skin and have some knowledge on css. I would love to help you. I have actually just made an account on your wiki under the name truetech. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 23:46, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Terrific! Thank you so much! I have activated the account. My apologies for not seeing this response sooner. I have been slowly working on trying to get my skin to match the forum it's for and there's a few things I'd love to accomplish with it but have been having a hard time in getting it to do what I want it to do. 21:49, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) How can I get my wiki faster?

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP: 5.2.5 (cgi)
  • MySQL: 5.0.51
  • URL: DJs-ONLY-Wiki

Hello, if someone of you may take a look on my wiki, you'll see, that it takes a time until it loads complete. So, what can I do to get this faster? Thanks for your help. Best Regards. Mirko.

Try cleaning up your url to Your url seems to be really "unorganized". Check out Manual:Configuration --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 20:55, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) New section at the beginning?

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.
  • PHP: 5
  • MySQL:
  • URL:

Hi, is there a possibility to create a "add new section" link which adds a new section at the beginning of the page, not at the end? — 16:18, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

There is nothing in the core system files, but you can try altering main.css in the skin directory you are trying to get it running on.--Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 20:01, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Sort template entries on page

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.
  • PHP: 5
  • MySQL:
  • URL:

Hi, I got a page with a number of templates on it:

{{Template|b}} {{Template|1}} {{Template|4}}

Now I'd like to change the page in order to display the integrated templates in alphabetical order. In this case - {{Template}} may just give the parameter back) the output should be:


What's the easiest possibility to do that? — 16:35, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Try Manual:Pager.php might work. I that doesn't work, you are going to have to do it manually. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 20:11, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) A request from es.wikinews

Hi all! I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask it. In the Spanish Wikinews we have the policy of archiving all articles after 7 days, and we are asking to create a user right for non-sysops which allow them to edit in protected pages. I want to know if this is technically possible and which are the requirements. Thanks a lot!

Baiji 15:02, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

For that, you need someone with access to the default settings file. The only way that is possible is if someone with access to the server edits it. So you will have more luck asking higher authority people above bureaucratic permission. And this is not the right place to ask it. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 18:20, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) How do I add a language to my wiki?

Kind of like on the side bar with the list of languages. Is there somewhere I can edit that? Oh and by the way it isn't my wiki it is my friend's ( but I can ask him if it is impossible for a non admin to do that.

Alexbeard 21:31, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Edit Mediawiki:Sidebar. You need bureaucratic permissions for this. In the message, there should be a line with * LANGUAGES. Provide a line to the site with your other language. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 21:17, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Slow down for big wikis

Recently I update my MediaWiki from 1.12 to 1.13 version. If wiki have any big category then it can greatly slow down the whole site. Looks like the root of problem is in CategoryPage.php:

Old code:

function doCategoryQuery() {
$res = $dbr->select(
			array( 'page', 'categorylinks' ),
			array( 'page_title', 'page_namespace', 'page_len', 'page_is_redirect', 'cl_sortkey' ),
			array( $pageCondition,
			       'cl_from          =  page_id',
			       'cl_to'           => $this->title->getDBKey()),
			       #'page_is_redirect' => 0),
			#+ $pageCondition,
			array( 'ORDER BY' => $this->flip ? 'cl_sortkey DESC' : 'cl_sortkey',
			       'USE INDEX' => 'cl_sortkey', 
			       'LIMIT'    => $this->limit + 1 ) );

New code:

$res = $dbr->select(
			array( 'page', 'categorylinks', 'category' ),
			array( 'page_title', 'page_namespace', 'page_len', 'page_is_redirect', 'cl_sortkey',
				'cat_id', 'cat_title', 'cat_subcats', 'cat_pages', 'cat_files' ),
			array( $pageCondition,
			       'cl_to' => $this->title->getDBkey() ),
			array( 'ORDER BY' => $this->flip ? 'cl_sortkey DESC' : 'cl_sortkey',
			       'USE INDEX' => array( 'categorylinks' => 'cl_sortkey' ),
			       'LIMIT'    => $this->limit + 1 ),
			array( 'categorylinks'  => array( 'INNER JOIN', 'cl_from = page_id' ),
		               'category' => array( 'LEFT JOIN', 'cat_title = page_title AND page_namespace = ' . NS_CATEGORY ) ) );

So in current version if any user try to look any big category it lock down main tables in database and other users need to wait too long to get page they’re requested. When I look into database processes I have the following:

Query 21 sec Copying to tmp table SELECT /* CategoryViewer::doCategoryQuery Turbo */page_title, page_namespace, page_len, page_is_redir …

All other processes are locked.

Will it be fixed or should I downgrade? 15:30, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Import does not work

  • MediaWiki: SVN repository
  • PHP:
  • MySQL:
  • URL: [3]

I tried importing a page, but it does not work, even though privileges have not been changed in Localsettings.php, why is this?? —Sunstar NW XP 19:20, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Open links in new page?

Two questions. First, on the navbar how can I make a link open in a new window?

Second, how can I embed php in a page? I used a extension to link phpBB to the wiki and I would like the wiki userpage to show phpBB info on the user.

Zeno McDohl 16:24, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Subpages

  • MediaWiki: 1.14 SVN

Is this correct for enabling subpages in namespaces 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 ??

# Enable subpages in all namespaces
$wgNamespacesWithSubpages = array_fill(2, 4, 8, 10, 12, true);

I'm not sure if I've done this correctly... Thanks, —Sunstar NW XP 18:55, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Is there any possibility I could convince you to host a new website?

I realize that hosting sites is not what you normally do, but I have something very valuable and non-commercial. I don't have my own server and to be honest, I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I would like to make this website a gift to the world. Understanding other people is a big step toward world peace.

Would you be open to discuss it?

Michael Gelman — 23:14, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

This is a totally wrong place to put this. You need to contact the "big boys" at --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 21:22, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) same login with other pages

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP: 5.2.5
  • MySQL: 5.0.51a

Hi! My problem is that i want a common login with another pages. In other words, i want to create a login page, and i want that my wiki takes this username and password and logs automatically in the wiki when the user enters in it. Is this possible? Thank you in advice. 10:41, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Enhancement for the Short page list

This is a feature request in the MediaWiki software regarding short pages.

Currently this link displays all the short pages irrespective of its nature. I would like to see a link which will help me to sort out the (disambiguation) pages from this list.

I am asking this feature specially by considering the short page list in Malayalam Wikipedia:

We would like to see a feature that will hide all the (നാനാര്‍ത്ഥങ്ങള്‍) (equivalent of disambiguation page) in Malayalam.

Thank you--Shijualex 11:15, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) A Place to Download - Templates, Categories, etc.

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP: 5.2.3 (cgi-fcgi)
  • MySQL: 5.0.41-community-log
  • URL: ITS Wiki

Is there any place I can download a set of Templates, Categories, etc. that are used in Wikipedia?

Some examples are:

  • Template:Navbox (protected)
  • Template:Loop (protected)
  • Template:Main (protected)
  • Template:Navbox (protected)
  • Template:Pp-meta (protected)
  • Template:Pp-template (protected)
  • Template:Spaces (protected)
  • Template:· (protected)

It would be nice to have all of the Templates, Cat, etc. available for one mass download. Can anyone guide me with this???

Thank you! —Rockower 20:19, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

I don't think you can do this. Your best option would be just to copy and paste the source codes. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 21:24, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Template:Coord

Hi, why would using {{coord|{{{latd|00}}}|N|{{{longd|00}}}|E|region:IN_type:city|display=title}} produce the following error message at Dummipedia? I have used it in Wikipedia without any problems.

Coordinates: 13°05′24″N 80°16′12″E / Expression error: unrecognised punctuation character "[", Expression error: unrecognised punctuation character —

PM Poon 18:44, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

Looks like a syntax error in the template somewhere, but I have no account @ yer wiki (honestly don't care to make one) so I can't see your {{coord}} template syntax. Can you post it here?--Töff 18:30, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) AutoLoader.php & GlobalFunctions.php errors

Hi out there, I completely installed MediaWiki 1.13.0 and it shows following errors:

Warning: ini_set() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/AutoLoader.php on line 5
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: debug_backtrace() has been disabled for security reasons in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757
Warning: array_slice() [function.array-slice]: The first argument should be an array in /usr/export/www/vhosts/funnetwork/hosting/bodyweightwiki/wiki/includes/GlobalFunctions.php on line 757

I don't even know PHP :-P

Any suggestions?

Zac 11:28, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

You're webhost has disabled ini_set and other functions and MediaWiki will thus not function properly. Bryan 20:34, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) repeating logo on each page of outprinted articles

  • MediaWiki: 1.12.0
  • PHP: 5.2.0-8+etch11 (apache2handler)
  • MySQL: 5.0.32-Debian_7etch6-log
  • URL: internal support-page

I search a solution to place one or two images on each outprinted page at the left and/or right side on the top (on left the project-logo and on right the logo of customer).

This image(s) must be defined in the article itself.

Where I must start to have a look ?

Thanks a lot!

BitH 19:50, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

I think your best option would be to edit main.css in the skin directory you want. --Truetech (Talk) Tournesol.png MediaWiki Support Team 22:16, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, but I only found the possibility to hide the footer. I already thought of using images as background but then it is not possible to define them in the article. --BitH 06:24, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
This can not be handled by the wiki on html based files. That's because the wiki does not know, which page size the printer has. Perhaps your browser offers an option to add an header/footer on each page.
OK - I understand. If there an include to generate PDF-files, so we can place these logos by this way ? -- 20:22, 9 September 2008 (UTC)
This would be very usefull, but I haven't found a practicable pdf support yet. These extensions seems to be the best:
I'm looking for a student in the area of nuremberg/Germany to add pdf support to my wiki -- 15:21, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

(OUTDATED) Hiding pages in namespace

Hi, is there an easy way out to do the above without resorting to Extension:Lockdown? I am using MediaWiki Version 1.9. — PM Poon 15:40, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Special:Log Fatal error: Maximum execution...

  • MediaWiki 1.13.0
  • PHP 5.1.2 (apache2handler)
  • MySQL 5.0.18
  • URL:SklogWiki

I have recently upgraded to 1.13.0 However, from my account (bureaucrat, sysop) I cannot view the page Special:Log, instead I repeatedly get some (apache?) error:

Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in /path/of/some/file.php on line XXX

However, from other accounts there is no problem viewing the page Special:Log.

I also do not seem to be able to update the parameters in my Preferences -> Recent changes boxes. Any advice welcome! —Carl 16:14, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

I have resolved this myself by changing the php.ini parameters as per PHP Errors on Manual: Errors and Symptoms (more time and more memory). All the best --Carl 16:50, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) How to Transclude a Page Section?

MediaWiki: 1.11.1
PHP: 5.2.3 (apache2handler)
MySQL: 5.0.51a
Skin: GuMax
Extensions: MassEmail 0.3.5, Replace Text 0.2.3, RSS Reader 0.2.4, AWC's MediaWiki Forum 2.3.5, Google News Bar 071007
URL: DishiWiki - Everyday Cooks Sharing Recipes

I want to transclude a section, as defined by a section heading (in my case an h2 heading), of a main-space page into another main-space page. It seems to me that:


ought to do it and that this method would be an improvement/alternative/augment to those brain-twisting "noinclude/includeonly/onlyinclude" tags. I wish to include different sections of the first page into multiple other pages, so the partial-transclusion tags aren't appropriate. I also don't want to edit twice, so cutting and pasting sections into subpages seems tedious.

Has my research missed finding a method to include sections in other pages? —Brian7632416 18:31, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Use Extension:Labeled Section Transclusion Bryan 15:00, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Bryan. Extension:Labeled Section Transclusion is working beautifully. —Brian7632416 17:24, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) User list error

  • MediaWiki: 1.6.7
  • PHP: 4.3.10 (apache)
  • MySQL: 4.1.20-log
  • URL: OpenRPGMaker

I have tried looking at the user list page from the special pages, only it doesn't show any users (even when I type in a search for my own username). However, the statistics page shows that there are 6 registered users. I used to be able to view the users, so I'm not sure what happened. Though I did happen to notice that you user list page is linked as 'Special:ListUsers' and mine seems to be 'Special:Listusers' This may be the problem but I'm not entirely sure.

--Tuxinator 09:15, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Looks fine to me. [4]Emufarmers(T|C) 02:05, 31 August 2008 (UTC)
So it appears to be working on my laptop, so it may just be an issue with my desktop computer. I'll do some playing around with it and if it still has issues on my home computer, then I'll report back. --Tuxinator 03:29, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

(RESOLVED) Downloadable Help Section.

I asked on Wikipedia, and am now asking here since I was referred to here. I am working on learning how to do syntax for templates, tables, and other such things, including more advanced things. The wiki will be MMORPG based, so working projects of different kinds as well as actually mastering more of the basics. In any case, I need the help section, but so that I can put it on my own wiki that I have saved on my pc (via WOS) so that I can do stuff without being online (on my laptop, etc) 22:19, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

See Project:PD help, there's no "downloadable" set of help pages ready yet, but feel free to manually copy the pages linked from Help:Contents (–> help on copying). Please note that only pages in our Help: namespace are in the public domain, not the Manual or other pages. --:bdk: 22:44, 31 August 2008 (UTC)