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* Add filetypes to the default array: <code>$wgFileExtensions = array_merge($wgFileExtensions, array('mid', 'mp3', 'svg', 'pdf', 'fpd', 'dwg'));</code>
* Add filetypes to the default array: <code>$wgFileExtensions = array_merge($wgFileExtensions, array('mid', 'mp3', 'svg', 'pdf', 'fpd', 'dwg'));</code>
=== Extensions in use ===
=== Useful extensions ===
Follow links for downloads and instructions.
Follow links for downloads and instructions.

Revision as of 00:19, 10 September 2016

Backing up the wiki without server shell access, requires Python v2 (v3 doesn't yet work).

Run the the WikiTeam Python script dumpgenerator.py from the command-line to get an XML, with edit histories, dump and a dump of all images plus their descriptions.

A XML dump does not create a full backup of the wiki database, the dump does not contain user accounts, etc. Extensions and their configuration are also not backed up, also file types other than images don't get saved.

python dumpgenerator.py --api=http://www.sdiy.info/w/api.php --xml --images

Full instructions are at the WikiTeam tutorial.

Restoring from backup με λίγα λόγια

Assumes economical shared Linux hosting, with jailed shell access. Maybe out of date by now.

See MediaWiki.org for more detailed instructions.

  • Use cPanel > MySQL to create db e.g. wiki, user e.g. root, grant all privileges to the user and set a password e.g. Whatever123
  • SSH into your server
  • cd public_html or whatever.
  • wget http://download.wikimedia.org/mediawiki/x.xx/mediawiki-x.xx.tar.gz (replacing x.xx as apropriate for current version).
  • tar -xpzf mediawiki-x.xx.tar.gz
  • mv mediawiki-x.xx/ w (don't put wiki pages in the root directory of the site)
  • Upload the XML dump and images folder to the server, to e.g. public_html/
  • Wget and extract Scribunto extension into the extensions folder, e.g. e.g. public_html/w/extensions.
  • Open your wiki with a web browser e.g. http://www.sdiy.info/w/
  • Follow theset up the wikilink. Complete the steps that follow. Leave most options at defaults. Except for:
    • Database character set select UTF-8.
    • Copyright and license to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
    • Extensions select at least Scribunto
    • Tick Enable file uploads
    • Tick Enable Instant Commons
  • Copy LocalSettings.php onto the server wiki folder, e.g. w/.
  • In the shell do php public_html/w/maintenance/importDump.php --dry-run < public_html/sdiyinfo_w-yyyymmdd-history.xml
  • If that works repeat without --dry-run
  • php public_html/w/maintenance/importImages.php public_html/images
  • php public_html/w/maintenance/rebuildrecentchanges.php

Delete the setup files now no longer required: mediawiki....tar.gz, sdiyinfo....xml, Scribunto....tar.gz and the public_html/images/ folder.



  • Add filetypes to the default array: $wgFileExtensions = array_merge($wgFileExtensions, array('mid', 'mp3', 'svg', 'pdf', 'fpd', 'dwg'));

Useful extensions

Follow links for downloads and instructions.

Already installed above:

Installed with MediaWiki:

Download and install Semantic Bundle. Installed with Semantic Bundle:

Also install separately:

Templates and modules

Unfortunately this dumps a big mess on the wiki but as yet is still the most efficient method.

Use Wikipedia:Special:Export, untick Include only the current revision, not the full history and tick Include templates. Export these one at a time:

  • Module:Documentation
  • Module:Infobox
  • Template:Disambiguation
  • Template:Documentation
  • Template:Infobox synthesizer
  • Template:Mbox
  • Template:Reflist

Then on the SDIY wiki upload each XML data from Special:Import, leaving the settings at the defaults.

To be continued ...