Pliny, which has been serving up en.wikipedia.org for the last few
days, has been exhibiting disk problems again. This tends to point to
problems in the controller or motherboard rather or in addition to the
drive, since we just replaced the previous aching drive with a shiny
en.wikipedia.org and boards.wikimedia.org have been moved for now back
to ursula along with the other languages. Since en makes up a lot of
the traffic by itself this is less than ideal; sometimes a surge on en
will briefly block out most access to other wikis, for instance.
Hopefully we can work something out on this soon with another machine
Uploaded images from en are current on ursula up through January 24,
but newer updates are still on pliny and can't be copied off due to the
disk errors. If we can't coax it into cooperating remotely, Jason
should be able to reset things when he goes in on Friday and copy them
We're continuing to optimize the database configuration and smooth out
the hot spots, and sooner or later those new machines should arrive and
we can balance the load more cleanly..
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
On Special:ipblocklist, I see three basic types of entries. I
only understand two of them.
First, there's the ip block, for example:
'Joe Sysop blocked 126.96.36.199'
Second, there's the username block:
'Jane Sysop blocked ReallyOffensiveName'
Third, there's these:
'Joe Sysob blocked #1521'
What are those? There's no link to the contribs, so it's impossible
to see what they are. The number appears to be the number of the block,
not an identifier of what was blocked.
More shuffling of servers.
Note that some of the DNS entries are no longer in sync with the
internal names of the machines. (gurrrgle!) Hopefully we'll get that
* ursula (188.8.131.52) -- serving all web but en and foundation [as
184.108.40.206], and also mail
* pliny (220.127.116.11) -- serving just en and foundation [as
* gunther (18.104.22.168) -- master db server
* susan (22.214.171.124) -- backup dumps, and by tonight database slave
* larousse (126.96.36.199) -- Perhaps we could move the mail server
* geoffrin (188.8.131.52) -- given the weird memory problems we were
getting, I'm not willing to put this machine back in production use
until it's been replaced by Penguin. :(
Folks with login accounts; things are a little screwy. Home directories
from pliny are now stashed on ursula and accounts need to be set back
up. Larousse should still be accessible, but on the other IP.
Jason: we may want to think about fixing up the DNS entries to point
sensibly at things. :)
If we move the mail server, mail.wikipedia.org will need to be changed
to match. Also, please double-check that the IP I chose for larousse
doesn't conflict with anything.
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
"Rob Hooft" <rob(a)hooft.net> schrieb:
> Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> > The "minor changes" (in the meaning it has in traditional wikis) feature is dead.
> Would it be possible to automatically detect what are small changes?
> e.g. a small change would have:
> *only interwiki changes
> *no more than two adjacent characters changed in the text and not more
> than 10 in total possibly excepting the addition or removal of [[ and ]]
> (but even that could be vandalism if in excess).
> If that would be implemented, the checkbox could go altogether.
That has clear disadvantages - many actually minor changes would not
be flagged minor, but it would be possible to get non-minor changes
Changing "John lived for almost 10 years in [[Oxford]]." to
"John lived for nearly 10 years in [[Oxford]]" or "John lived for
almost 10 years in [[Oxford, England|Oxford]]" would not be small
changes this way, but changing it to "John lived for almost 90 years
in [[Oxford]]." would.
There is no official definition of what a "minor change" is. My
working definition is "anything that my fellow contributors would
agree is minor".
And the operative question is "Would they want to see this on
Recent Changes (with 'hide minor changes' in effect?"
I mark these as minor:
* Nearly all my grammar and spelling fixes
* Copy-edits that DO NOT CHANGE the meaning
I usually don't mark these as minor:
* Copy-edits that subtly correct a nuance of POV
* Re-writes and re-phrasing which PROBABLY DON'T CHANGE the
meaning, but which some other user might think is a sly attempt
to inject my own POV (in a controversial article).
Ed Poor, aka Uncle Ed
Hi. I got a question related to the installation of MediaWiki. One of our
project members says that there is some installation problem related to
"register_globals."Is this a known issue? (sorry to be very vague!!).
UPS tracking numbers say that the new servers will be delivered on
Friday. I'm trying to clear my schedule for that entire weekend to do
everything in my power to get them installed and running for next
Obviously, Brion is in a much better position than I am to say what
will be needed before we can switch. But I think it'll be pretty easy
to get us more or less switched, although full use of our new
equipment (with the squids and whatnot) will of course take a bit
I keep "hide minor edits" turned OFF, so that I won't be regarded as
ruthless, and so I can help find "fake minor edits".
Every once in a while, I spend an hour checking anonymous edits -- kind
of a "safety patrol" duty. Which reminds me, maybe mav and Eloquence
should organize a Vigilance Committee (Fred Bauder could be the
ringleader, and we could shoot first and ask questions later! ;-)