[Mediawiki-l] Create an article using an extension

Rob Church robchur at gmail.com
Fri Jan 5 21:28:57 UTC 2007

On 05/01/07, Erhard Rainer <mediawikimailinglist at erhard-rainer.com> wrote:
> I'm  using  an  extension for parsing an external document. This works
> fine,  but  now I want to insert the content of a variable as a new
> article.  So  I  took  a  look  at  maintenance\importTextFile.php  as
> recommended and tried to write a new article using

Yeah, don't *call* the maintenance script. :)

For an extension, this is quite simple to achieve, at least in
MediaWiki 1.7.0 and upwards. You'll need a Title object representing
the page to be edited.

Assuming $text is the text to be inserted, and $title is the Title object:

if( !$title->exists() ) {
   $article = new Article( $title );
   $article->doEdit( $text );

Article::doEdit() will accept other parameters; see the documentation.
It handles saving the text, performing link table and search engine
updates, and a whole host of other stuff.

Pre-1.7, well, it's a similar procedure, but broken up into a lot more
steps; one has to create the Article object, use the insertOn method,
create a Revision, insert that, update the Article, call link table

Rob Church

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