Ohhhh, my !
I was dreaming of this ...
Good job Tim. Really thank you.
--- Tim 'avatar' Bartel <wikipedia(a)computerkultur.org>
at the moment there is no (easy) possibility to
check if media on
commons is used throughout the wikipedia projects
Wikipedia Check-Usage  is a web based tool which
can be used to
check where commons media is used throughout the
Also it is able to find "local" duplicates to
Check-Usage is strongly inspired by Arnomane's
check-usage.sh  - a
unix shell script doing mostly the same job. Because
this script has
several preconditions to run, like shell access to a
and several programs installed on this machine, I
though of writing a
small web based interface. After short consideration
I decided not to
write only an interface calling Arnomane's script,
but to re-code it
completly. Check-Usage is written in PHP using
So if you are interested where 'your' pictures are
used - give it a try.
And commons sysops can use it before deleting files
which are more than
a few days old. In the past it was often problematic
file on commons, because doing this the included
pictures in other
wikimedia-projects were broken.
PS: Regarding the traffic load: only the text of the
"I worry about my child and the Internet all the
time, even though she's
too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry
about. I worry that
10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say
'Daddy, where were
you when they took freedom of the press away from
--Mike Godwin, Electronic Frontier Foundation
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