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Why isn't there a version of Mediawiki installer available with Visual Editor 'preinstalled'?

John Cummings (talkcontribs)


I would like to help set up a wiki for a charity and being a regular Wikipedia editor I know how useful Visual Editor is. However the instructions to install Visual Editor all kinds of complicated and scary compared to installed MediaWiki. Would it be possible/how much extra work would it be to providea version of the MediaWiki installer which included VE?

Thanks :)

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The instructions are 'scary' because it is complicated. In a few years it might be simpler, but that is not likely any time soon, sorry.

Reply to "Why isn't there a version of Mediawiki installer available with Visual Editor 'preinstalled'?"

Which version of mediawiki can be intergated with visualeditor easily?

2 (talkcontribs)

Now, I can download 1.33.0 stable or 1.31.3 LTS. But I also want to use visualeditor plugin, Could anyone can tell me how to choose a proper version for me? I am a newer and I am using win10 as my local server with xampp. Thanks a lot. .

MarkAHershberger (talkcontribs)

VisualEditor should work with either version. If this is just on your local server, I would probably use 1.33 for now.

"Installing some external dependencies (e.g. via composer) is required."

Summary last edited by 08:24, 1 December 2018 9 months ago

This is about how to get around the annoying and quite confusing error message, and what might be the reason it appears at all.

In short; do not use GUI tools while recompressing a tar-archive as a zip-archive, use the command line tool!

Jeblad (talkcontribs)

It is quite common for web hotels to only handle zip archives. We only provide gz compressed tar archives, thus the archives has to be recompressed before uploading. This souldn't be much of a hurdle, but it seems like some archive tools occasionally fails to include all files in large archives. This happen at least in Ubuntus fileroller, but reports it might imply it also happen to other tools. When this happen the vendor folder is left out, leaving the user with a rather non-explanatory error message "Installing some external dependencies (e.g. via composer) is required."

Without a proper investigation, only assumptions, it seems like some of the gui tools tries to select the actual files when an archive is created. For a gui tool this makes sense. This selection is then feed into the actual archive command. Between the actual selection and the archive operation there can be a race condition, as the selection isn't quite done and archive operation is started. This will happen if the pending selection is large enough, our archive contains ~14k files, and then the created archive will be incomplete. In our case this will typically lead to a missing or incomplete vendor folder.

Check the zip archive before it is uploaded to the web hotel, and verify that it includes the vendor folder. If not recreate the zip archive, and give whatever gui tool necessary time to select all files.

A quite simple fix could be to provide the archive in several formats. That would avoid the extraneous recreation step, and less people would stumble into this "bug".

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Zabien (talkcontribs)

It says so on the version lifecycle page. I didn't yet dare to include it on the download page, where there is only legacy, stable OR LTS (not stable AND LTS).

MarkAHershberger (talkcontribs)

It is an LTS.

DonPaolo (talkcontribs)

but why doesn't [[Download]] say that it's an LTS?

Shirayuki (talkcontribs)

YesY Done

Answer this Question Please ! Because I want to Install Mediawiki 1.30.0

Summary by Kghbln

Yes, though downloading MediaWiki 1.31.0 is recommended for a fresh start.

Simple Lang Ako (talkcontribs)

I Can Download Mediawiki 1.30.0 without Paying Money ? Because I have no money for Mediawiki 1.30.0

Mainframe98 (talkcontribs)

Quoting Download:

MediaWiki is free software licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public License. Because MediaWiki is licensed free of charge, there is no warranty, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Read the full text of the GNU GPL version 2 for details.

(Emphasis mine)

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