[Mediawiki-l] Cloning MediaWiki-Instances - What about wgProxyKey

Tim Starling tstarling at wikimedia.org
Tue May 8 13:27:01 UTC 2007

Jens Vieler wrote:
> hi,
> we want set up different wikis (subwikis) while using the same 
> sourcecode-tree. therefor i followed
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Wiki_family
> Scenario 2: Quick set-up
> which installs different databases an handles different 
> LocalSettings.php. everything works fine!
> now i want to take an eaysier way to use my standard-configuration by 
> copying a LocalSettings.php (use a lot of LDAP-stuff, so a always have 
> to edit the config-files from the installation-procedure by hand :-(
> a diff between my old LocalSettings.php and the 
> installation-LocalSettings.php shows nothing complicated but 
> $wgProxyKey. what is it for, and could i use only one of them?

$wgProxyKey (a.k.a. $wgSecretKey) can be the same for all your wikis. The
only requirement is that it is secret. It is used to make the pseudorandom
login tokens, used by the "remember me" feature, slightly harder for an
attacker to guess.

-- Tim Starling

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