[Mediawiki-l] Couple of Mediawiki questions

Rob Church robchur at gmail.com
Thu May 3 11:05:46 UTC 2007

On 03/05/07, johan.boye at latecoere.fr <johan.boye at latecoere.fr> wrote:
>  # The search doesn't work on partial (incomplete) word.
>      Got an article with the word "foobar", then I have a result when I
> type "foobar" but nothing when I type "foob".
>      I have some exception, when I type "est"; it founds some pages with
> the word "test"...
>      Is there a way to fix it?

The default search relies upon the MyISAM full text indexing engine,
and may not be entirely useful, depending on your needs. You might
have more luck with a custom search backend, such as the LuceneSearch
extension, hooked up to the MWSearch daemon in Subversion, or
something else entirely.

>  # Links (usually nasty file:// links) does not work with URL containing
> spaces

You need to URL-encode spaces in URLs. Use %20.

>  # Is there a plug-in to scan documents like .PDF or .DOC on the fly
> during the upload to index them in the search engine?

Yes and no; see

>  Is there a way to make a full backup of the website to make in
> available offline or export all pages to HTML in a save place on an
> automatic way?

You can write a shell script to do it. The procedure is documented at

Rob Church

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