[Mediawiki-l] Automatic changing of many articles

Brion Vibber brion at pobox.com
Wed Mar 29 09:42:25 UTC 2006

Vasiliadis, Thomas wrote:
> Hi there,
> Is there any way to modify a lot of articels  in a mediaWiki 1.5.3 which
> does not contain Phyton?

First, upgrade to the current release (now 1.5.8) IMMEDIATELY!

You are leaving your server open to potentially serious attack by running this
old version with known security vulnerabilities.

> I fount the PythonMediaWikiBot, but I can only use PHP or Pearl.

What's wrong with Python? Have you signed some contract forbidding the execution
of programs written in Python or something?

Keep in mind that pywikipediabot is a client-side program suite: it does not run
on the web server, but on your own computer; it connects to the server over HTTP
just as your web browser does.

I would strongly recommend using the pywikipediabot framework, which seems to be
the best developed and supported bot tool suite. However there are other
client-side bot frameworks in other languages (use Google to search!) or you can
write up a server-side script in PHP using MediaWiki's internal functions: see
the maintenance directory for a whole passel of them.

> I took a lock in the Database, but the artikels aren't in plain text but
> in Blobs. Is it possible to modify them?

Sure, it's possible but that's considered bad form; you should always maintain
integrity with the page history.

-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)

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