Requests for comment/Publishing the RecentChanges feed
|Publishing the RecentChanges feed|
|Author(s)||Timo Tijhof, Ori Livneh, Kunal Mehta|
MediaWiki supports (as of v1.22; gerrit:52922) multiple types of recentchanges feeds (see Manual:$wgRCFeeds), including a machine readable JSON feed (JSONRCFeedFormatter). Right now the only feed exposed for Wikimedia sites is the "IRCColourfulRCFeed" via irc.wikimedia.org. There are multiple options on how to broadcast the new feed format, which are discussed below.
Proposals for endpoints
- well known protocol, plenty of client libraries already available
- w:ejabberd is scalable and well tested (was used by facebook, powers jabber.ru, etc) XMPP application server, plus already packaged in debian
- leave it to third-parties to rebroadcast the data in whatever format they want (websockets)
- XMPP packets can embed arbitrary XML subdocuments, which could carry structured data directly instead of embedding a JSON blob in XML or something --brion (gerrit:105430)
- See also: m:Recentchanges via XMPP, bugzilla:17450 - Make Recent Changes available via XMPP
- Useful for browser based tools.
- node.js + nginx
- Need to figure out how to make it scale and hardened
- Re-use irc.wikimedia.org, and create new channels like #en.wikipedia-json
- Much easier for people who are already consuming the feed and just want to switch to machine readable data
Proposals for internal traffic
How MediaWiki should send the data to the proposed endpoint.
Implemented via the UDPRCFeedEngine class
Code is in gerrit:105117
- "ZeroMQ is a high-performance asynchronous messaging library aimed at use in scalable distributed or concurrent applications." (w:ZeroMQ)
- "Speaking as the person who introduced the current UDP solution: I don't know why you would want to continue using UDP. There's no reason to do that now that TCP queue daemons like zeromq exist. -- Tim Starling (talk) 06:17, 17 July 2013 (UTC)" 
Gerrit change 80958
A publish/subscribe transport. This transport was implemented in core, in includes/rcfeed/RedisPubSubFeedEngine.php. The class handles the
redis:// URI scheme. Recent changes are published to the channel
RCStream was developed in response to this RFC. It uses Socket.IO/WebSocket servers as backends behind an nginx endpoint (at stream.wikimedia.org for the Wikimedia production cluster).
$wgRCFeeds is set on the wiki servers to publish a JSON-formatted RCFeed to Redis, and the RCStream servers subscribe to this.
- Requests for comment/Structured data push notification support for recent changes
- Logs from #wikimedia-tech: , 
- etherpad:IRCBot-Messages for some "specs" of the current IRC format (frozen after major disruption in November 2011)
- Echo (Notifications)/Functional Requirements#XMPP (hypothetical)