My old problem is that repalce.py can't write the pages to work on into a
file on my disk. I have used a modificated version for years that does no
changes but writes the title of the involved pages to a subpage on Wikipedia
in automated mode, and then I can make the replacements from that page much
more quickly than directly from dump or living Wikipedia. This is slow and
generates a plenty of dummy edits.
In other words, replace.py has a tool to get the titles from a file (-file)
or from a wikipage (-links), but has no tool to generate this file.
Now I am ready to rewrite it. This way we can start it and the bot will find
all the possible articles to work on and save the titles without editing
Wikipedia (and without artificial delay), meanwhile we can have the lunch or
run a marathon or sleep. Then we make the replacements from this with -file.
My idea is that replace.py should have two new parameters:
-save writes the results into a new file instead of editing articles. It
overwrites existing file without notice.
-saveappend writes into a file or appends to the existing one.
-save writes and appends (primary mode)
-savenew writes and overwrites
The help is here:
So we have to import codecs.
My script is:
tutuzuzu=u'# %s\n' %page.aslink() <-- needs rewrite to the new syntax
articles.write(unicode(tutuzuzu)) <-- needs further testing, if nicode() is
It works fine except '\n' is a unix-styled newline that has to be converted
by lfcr.py in order to make it readable with notepad.exe.
This is with constant filename, that should be developed to get from command
Your opinions before I begin?