[Mediawiki-l] Any leads on a basic wiki setup-and-configure instruction manual?

G. Carter gcarter2000 at gmail.com
Wed May 23 18:15:35 UTC 2007

I agree the documentation is lacking (even wrong in a few places such as use
of the PHP5 extension). However, 'for pay' software is frequently no better;
it just costs more (way more), and you're not informed *you* are really
just testing it (I'm not kidding!).  And as for paid support, well often
you will find you have more knowledge than they do (plus after a while they
just stop calling you back anyway).  And when that support staff leaves, the
cycle (spiral?) simply repeats.  At least here you're never (hardly
ever) completely abandoned. As for your issues with Apache, MySQL, and PHP
try this:


It's written for Suse 10 Linux but strip away the OS specific parts and it's
pretty accurate.  The only part which was inaccurate was that it assumed my
install of Apache had 'mod_userdir.conf' set to allow the use of a name like
'~username' in the address bar; it did'nt (actually, I think this would be a
bad security default).  Also be wary of the default permissions on any PHP
scripts.  I've found that MediaWiki often requires more that my install of
PHP provided for. Good luck and continue to ask questions.

On 5/23/07, Dave Sigafoos <davesigafoos at sanmar.com> wrote:
> I am not sure that this is the place to teach now to install apache or
> php or mysql or phpmyadmin on any platform.
> But if you are having problems maybe I can help you through.
> First ..
> Do you have apache running?
> Do you have mySql running?
> Do you have PHP running?
> At this point you should be able to create a phpinfo.php page and run
> seeing all that php sees.
> <?php
> Echo phpinfo();
> ?>
> Then simply http://localhost/phpinfo.php
> Does this work?
> DSig
> David Tod Sigafoos | SANMAR Corporation
> PICK Guy
> 206-770-5585
> davesigafoos at sanmar.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mediawiki-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org
> [mailto:mediawiki-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Monahon,
> Peter B.
> Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 6:39
> To: mediawiki-l at lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Mediawiki-l] Any leads on a basic wiki setup-and-configure
> instruction manual?
> > Gary wrote:
> > ... There is support available on MediaWiki.org:
> > http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Support_desk ...
> Thanks Gary.  That's definitely a new link for me.
> In all the 36,437 words there (among the many, many unanswered
> questions, I must add), did you find anything specific there to address
> my challenge, namely:
> - *linking steps and confirmation checks* when installing
> - MediaWiki on
> - Apache,
> - PHP,
> - MySQL, and
> - MediaWiki
> - and PHPMyAdmin
> - on Microsoft-Windows-XP-Pro?
> I'm afraid I didn't.
> Thanks anyway.  I'll keep looking ... and asking around.
> -- Peter Blaise
> PS - If you don't know the answers, and you don't know how to help ...
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