[Mediawiki-l] maintenance directory maintenance

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 03:45:04 UTC 2008

On 11/01/2008, jidanni at jidanni.org <jidanni at jidanni.org> wrote:
> TD> Well, there's /maintenance/..., but I don't know if anyone's been
> TD> keeping it up-to-date with changes to the rest of the code (some
> TD> of the maintenance scripts are quite out-of-date, I believe). You
> TD> could back everything up and try it and see what happens.
> But things might look cool but a month later you find out you have now
> embedded some wrinkle into your database, who knows. That's the
> problem with the maintenance directory. Programs are left lying there
> like old cigarette butts in an ashtray. Actually more like old
> medicine in an open cabinet where we kids are near.
> http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12384
> I mean it's not like we found the code on some 3rd party sidewalk.
> It it right there in the official distribution. Often they bear hints
> inside them that they are just what we want to do some job. The
> authors must have some inner urge to share them with us, otherwise
> they wouldn't be in the maintenance directory in the standard
> distribution. The must be eager for bug reports about what happens
> when we run them, which me might, upon guessing what the program will
> due despite lack of documentation, comments, etc.

Yeah, a bit more discipline with regards to maintenance scripts would
be good. At the very least, a comment at the top of each one saying
what versions of MW it will reliably work with.

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