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Statement of the Wiki Team on the recent MediaWiki Update

December 6th, 2009 by

Related to the recent MediaWiki Update, we currently encounter some issues with the openSUSE Wiki and we’d like to make you aware of it. Wiki Senior Rajko M. posted an official statement at the opensuse-wiki ML and we’d like to forward it to News.o.o to reach out to a broader audience. As you can see, the current issues are known to the Wiki team and we’re working hard on resolving them.

Announcement on our news server:
came earlier then expected for the openSUSE Wiki Team, and we were thrilled
with update, new hardware, etc.

Of course Mediawiki software update from version 1.5 that is couple of years
old to the recent 1.15 is bound to have a problems as our customizations in
layout and structure doesn’t work well in all details, or are not available
right now.

In earlier email Remy listed bugs that we are aware of and the
webmaster@opensuse.org is notified about problems. Here is the reordered list
from Remy’s email with comments:

1) The namespace SBD:SBD has disappeared. No more support database ..

Don’t panic, the articles are in a database. It is just that SDB namespace is
not configured and Mediawiki software has no idea how to access articles. Once
it will be added again all articles will appear in their places.

Note: Do not recreate articles on your own.
Once SDB is recreated any article that will be created now will disappear with
all changes that you made. The Mediawiki can handle only one title SDB:Article
and that is either normal article with colon in the title, or article that
belongs to namespace SDB, and colon has special meaning as namespace
delimiter. Both can be in database, but only one can be presented to the web
page viewer.

2) The internal relative links [[/subpage]] are now broken. Only
absolute links [[page/subpage]] are allowed.

The subpages is additional functionality not in default Mediawiki
configuration and it doesn’t work right now.

3) The <iimg></iimg> tag isn’t interpreted anymore. I am not sure if
there is a way to fix this, or if we should avoid using it in the

4)The [edit] button is now on the left, next to the title
sections/subsections. It makes the headings difficult to read.
- There are now 2 horizontal lines on the bottom of each page, between
the Categories and the end of the articles.

5) The “Recent changes” link in the Toolbox isn’t working anymore.

6) It is now impossible to upload file on the wiki with error:
Internal error – The upload directory (public) is not writable by the web

This one is server access problem, and it is up to the webmaster to solve it.

7) When user that is not logged into wiki request article from
http://en.opensuse.org/ it is often served identical article from some other
language wiki. Example: http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA or
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.2 .

Regards Rajko,

openSUSE Wiki Team: http://en.opensuse.org/Wiki_Team
People of openSUSE: http://en.opensuse.org/People_of_openSUSE/About

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4 Responses to “Statement of the Wiki Team on the recent MediaWiki Update”

  1. Rajko

    The tag is no problem (to some extent), thanks to CBoltz information.
    It is changed syntax so all we have to do is to replace tags in “couple” of articles.

    See the mail list message.

  2. MatthewEhle

    Thank you all for your prompt and useful feedback. The upload problem was a simple permissions problem and is now fixed. We will continue to work on these other issues.

  3. Shayon Mukherjee

    Few more are posted over

    Including the problem faced on the Frontpage – No sponsors icon

    Having others too -

  4. MatthewEhle

    All of the problems that I have heard about have been resolved now. Many thanks to Frank S. for his help in fixing several of these issues. The details of what has been reported can be found at https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=561423.

    I would also like to thank the openSUSE community for the excellent feedback they have given over the weekend. Please continue to report any problems by emailing webmaster@opensuse.org.