- If you need more help on setting up your Pywikibot visit the IRC channel Pywikibot mailing list. @ freenode server or
Running your bot on Toolforge
Start by reading about the Toolforge environment.
Next, see the Cloud Services Getting Started guide for instructions on creating the necessary accounts and joining the Toolforge project.
Once you have been granted access to the Toolforge project, you can create a tool account to hold your bot's source code and configuration.
If you used the toolserver in the past and know how everything used to work there, see migrating from toolserver for more info on moving to the Toolforge environment.
Now you are ready to start. Login to the Toolforge server:
$ ssh USERNAME@tools-login.wmflabs.org
switch to the tool account with
maintainer@tools-login:~$ become toolname tools.toolname@tools-login:~$
Now install/clone the pywikibot code to your tool account as described below.
Install the bot code
Similar to the instructions given in this mail do:
$ git clone --recursive https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/pywikibot/core.git pywikibot-core $ cd pywikibot-core
Now you have to setup pywikibot. Choose any one of the following processes to configure your system:
- Run your favorite bot script (e.g.
python pwb.py clean_sandbox.py -simulate) since you are doing this in a fresh clone, it will trigger a bunch of questions on how you want to configure your local copy, answer them carefully in order to proceed.
- If you already have a config file(s) from a previous version, you can copy those existing files into the right places (e.g. pywikibot-compat/).
Further things you might have to do (depending on what bot scripts you want to run) is to setup all externals properly - which still has to be done manually in core
$ cd externals $ cat README
and follow the instructions there.
You will also have to enter the password for your bot eventually.
Now you have finished the configuration of core and can continue setting up the jobs to execute.
Setup the webspace
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By default, the directory listing on http://tools.wmflabs.org/TOOLNAME is disabled. If you want to allow it for all users, login to your tool account (as already described) and
$ cd ~/public_html $ echo Options +Indexes >> .htaccess
If you run a bot with the
-log option, you will find the log files within the
logs/ directory. If you want to allow users to access it from the web, do
$ cd ~/public_html $ mkdir logs $ cd logs $ ln -s ~/pywikibot-core/logs cor
If you want a specific file type to be handled differently by your browser, e.g.
.log files like text files, use (confer this)
$ echo AddType text/plain .log >> .htaccess
and (don't forget to) clear your browsers cache afterwards.
Next you might want to consider you
$ cd ~/cgi-bin
follow the hints given at wikitech:Help:Toolforge#Logs exactly, e.g. even the two commands
$ /usr/bin/python # valid $ /usr/bin/env python # in-vali
work and do the same in shell, only the first one is valid and works here, the second is invalid! Another point to mention is that PHP scripts go into public_html, not cgi-bin. Python scripts on the other hand can be placed in public_html or cgi-bin as you wish. It is recommended to use
public_html for documents and keep it listable, whereas
cgi-bin should be used for CGI scripts and be protected (not listable).
Setup the job submission
In order to setup the submission of the jobs you want to execute and use the grid engine you should first consider wikitech:Help:Toolforge#Submitting, managing and scheduling jobs on the grid and if you are familiar with the Toolserver and its architecture consult Migrating from toolserver also.
In general labs uses Grid Engine and its commands like
qsub et al, this is explained in the Toolforge Job Grid documentation which you should use in order to get an idea which command and what parameters you want to use.
An infinitely running job (e.g. irc-bot) like this (
cronie entry from TS submit host):
06 0 * * * qcronsub -l h_rt=INFINITY -l virtual_free=200M -l arch=lx -N script_wui $HOME/rewrite/pwb.py script_wui.py -log
$ jsub -once -continuous -l h_vmem=256M -N script_wui python $HOME/pywikibot-core/pwb.py script_wui.py -log
$ jstart -l h_vmem=256M -N script_wui python $HOME/pywikibot-core/pwb.py script_wui.py -log
the first expression is good for debugging. Memory values smaller than 256MB seem not to work here, since that is the minimum. If you experience problems with your jobs, like e.g.
Fatal Python error: Couldn't create autoTLSkey mapping
you can try increasing the memory value - which is also needed here, because this script uses a second thread for timing and this thread needs memory too. Therefore use finally
$ jstart -l h_vmem=512M -N script_wui python $HOME/pywikibot-core/pwb.py script_wui.py -log
Now in order to create a crontab follow Scheduling jobs at regular intervals with cron and setup for crontab file like:
$ crontab -e
PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin 06 0 * * * jstart -l h_vmem=512M -N script_wui python $HOME/pywikibot-core/pwb.py script_wui.py -log
Furthermore additional tools to support you and your bot at work are available:
- wikitech:Help:Toolforge#Backups, basically there is protection from disk failure, but not user managed backups
Automatic updating git on Toolforge
For automatic updating of pywikibot, you can make an update bash file in your tool's
#!/bin/bash cd $HOME/pywikibot git pull && git submodule update
and then run crontab -e and enter the following to update your git clone every day at 00:00AM (midnight):
0 0 * * * bash /data/project/yourtoolname/update >/dev/null 2>&1
Notice: in these codes yourtoolname is name of your tool account.