This is just a friendly reminder that we plan to turn off the RCStream
service after July 7th.
We’re tracking as best we can the progress of porting clients over at
. But, we can only help with what
we know about. If you’ve got something still running on RCStream that
hasn’t yet ported, let us know, and/or switch soon!
On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 9:28 AM, Andrew Otto <otto(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Wikimedia is releasing a new service today: EventStreams. This service
allows us to publish arbitrary streams of JSON event data to the public.
Initially, the only stream available will be good ol’ RecentChanges. This
event stream overlaps functionality already provided by irc.wikimedia.org
and RCStream. However, this new service has advantages over these (now
We can expose more than just RecentChanges.
Events are delivered over streaming HTTP (chunked transfer) instead of IRC
or socket.io. This requires less client side code and fewer special routing
cases on the server side.
Streams can be resumed from the past. By using EventSource, a
disconnected client will automatically resume the stream from where it left
off, as long as it resumes within one week. In the future, we would like to
allow users to specify historical timestamps from which they would like to
begin consuming, if this proves safe and tractable.
I did say deprecated! Okay okay, we may never be able to fully deprecate
. It’s used by too many (probably sentient by now) bots
out there. We do plan to obsolete RCStream, and to turn it off in a
reasonable amount of time. The deadline iiiiiis July 7th, 2017. All
services that rely on RCStream should migrate to the HTTP based EventStreams
service by this date. We are committed to assisting you in this transition,
so let us know how we can help.
Unfortunately, unlike RCStream, EventStreams does not have server side
event filtering (e.g. by wiki) quite yet. How and if this should be done is
still under discussion.
The RecentChanges data you are used to remains the same, and is available
. However, we may have
something different for you, if you find it useful. We have been internally
producing new Mediawiki specific events for a while now, and could expose
these via EventStreams as well.
Take a look at these events, and tell us what you think. Would you find
them useful? How would you like to subscribe to them? Individually as
separate streams, or would you like to be able to compose multiple event
types into a single stream via an API? These things are all possible.
I asked for a lot of feedback in the above paragraphs. Let’s try and
centralize this discussion over on the mediawiki.org
EventStreams talk page.
In summary, the questions are:
What RCStream clients do you maintain, and how can we help you migrate to
Is server side filtering, by wiki or arbitrary event field, useful to you?
Would you like to consume streams other than RecentChanges? (Currently
available events are described here.)
- Andrew Otto
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