It looks like the page was deleted/restored thus giving it a new page ID. Originally when pages where deleted the page_id was not kept, which caused a new page_id to be issued when it was restored. This phenomenon has since been fixed, and should no longer happen.

On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 8:47 AM, Renato Stoffalette Joao <> wrote:
Hi all.

Firstly, apologies for eventual duplicates or posting the question in the wrong mailing  list.

Secondly, could anybody kindly explain to me if some Wikipedia pages changed their IDs from the past ? Or if so point to me where this might be documented ?
I have Wikipedia pages-articles  XML dumps from the years 2006 and 2008  and  when I was parsing those dumps I ran across some situations
such as the following one. In the dumps from 2006 and 2008 I found that the South Africa page has the ID 68854, while in the most current Wikipedia pages-articles XML dump (i.e. 2016) the same article has the ID  17416221.
I am trying to match some Wiki pages by IDs across time, but the example above is not helping.

Much appreciated in advance for any help.

Renato Stoffalette Joao
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L3S Research Center / Leibniz Uni.
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Appelstraße 9a
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