openSUSE Heroes Spring Into Action

19. Jul 2017 | Douglas DeMaio | No License

openSUSE-Heroes LogoMike Tyson might have said it best when he said “everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”

Tyson’s point is that plans change, especially in the moment of executing a plan and that’s exactly what the openSUSE Heroes did with updating the wikis; minus the punch in the mouth.

Yesterday evening the Heroes planned to move and update some of the localized wikis. Things worked better and faster than expected, and in the end, the openSUSE Heroes moved all 18 localized wikis from Provo to Nuremberg and updated them to MediaWiki 1.27.

This means all openSUSE wikis are now running on MediaWiki 1.27 and support the features announced for the English wiki last week.

Christian Boltz, a humble openSUSE Hero with the power to mass migrate wikis, didn’t have time to change the tags to the new tags in all the wikis, which he plans to do in the next few days. Boltz did express a challenge to see what other superhuman powers exist.

“I won’t complain if someone is faster and does it in some of the wikis,” Botlz wrote in an email to the openSUSE Project mailing list.

Use the search to find pages containing “<feed”, and check for the syntax.

Here is more information for those who are interested in statistics:

  • Moving 18 wikis in about 6 hours means about 20 minutes per wiki - can someone beat this?

  • During the move, the Heroes wrote about 500 lines on IRC to coordinate everything.

  • This helped to keep the read-only time of each wiki short. On average, each wiki was read-only for 30 minutes (again, can someone beat this?

  • The Heroes moved about 10 GB of uploaded files and 1.6 GB of mysql dumps from Provo to Nuremberg yesterday, which was sometimes “funny” because  the server in Provo limits the connection to 10 MB.

Have fun with the updated wikis and the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.3!

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