User:Barrylb/Special pages outside Special namespace

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Special pages outside Special namespace
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Description here is a hack to make special pages integrate better within the site structure. Instead of a special page appearing as http://www.mysite.com/wiki/Special:Events/2006/07/21/Meeting you can make it appear as http://www.mysite.com/wiki/Events/2006/07/21/Meeting.
Author(s) Barrylb
MediaWiki 1.6.7
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If you have some features on your site that are not suitable for wiki content then quite often one of your only choices is to implement a special page but it doesn't look good having Special: appear in the URL.

So here is a hack to make special pages integrate better within the site structure. Instead of a special page appearing as http://www.mysite.com/wiki/Special:Events/2006/07/21/Meeting you can make it appear as http://www.mysite.com/wiki/Events/2006/07/21/Meeting.

This should work on 1.6.7 and 1.7.1. Do the following:

  • Modify includes/Wiki.php. Insert the following before function initializeSpecialCases :
function checkCustomSpecialpages(&$title, &$output) {
  global $wgTitle, $wgIntegratedSpecialPages;

  foreach ($wgIntegratedSpecialPages as $name => $specialname) {
	if ((strpos($title->getText(), $name.'/') === 0) || ($title->getText() == $name)) {
		if ($title->getText() == $name) {
			$par = NULL;
                        $name = $title->getDBkey();
		}
		else {
			$bits = split( "/", $title->getDBkey(), 2 );
			$name = $bits[0];
			if( !isset( $bits[1] ) ) {
				$par = NULL;
			} else {
				$par = $bits[1];
			}
		}					

		$page = SpecialPage::getPage( $name );
		if (!is_null( $page ) ) {
			$wgTitle = Title::makeTitle( NS_SPECIAL, $name );
			if (!is_null( $wgTitle )) {
				if (!$wgTitle->userCanRead()) {
					$output->loginToUse();
					$output->output();
					exit;
				}
				else {
					$page->execute( $par );
					return true;
				}
			}
		}

	}
  }
  return false;
}
  • In function initializeSpecialCases change this:
 else {
   /* No match to special cases */

to this:

else if (!$this->checkCustomSpecialPages($title, $output)) {
   /* No match to special cases */
  • Then in LocalSettings.php define which paths map to which special pages; usually they will be the same name. eg:
 $wgIntegratedSpecialPages = array ('Events' => 'Events', 'Reports' => 'Reports');
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