[Mediawiki-l] How to redirect a whole "subtree"

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Mon Jan 18 16:52:09 UTC 2010

Dr. Volker Riediger wrote:
> Dear folks,
> I need a solution for the following problem:
> In my MediaWiki, there was a huge tree of pages named like
> ...mywiki/a
> ...mywiki/a/b
> ...mywiki/a/b/c
> ...mywiki/a/b/d
> ...mywiki/a/e
> ...mywiki/a/e/f
> ...mywiki/a/e/g
> and so on.
> For some reason, I had to delete all those pages below "a" (done by
> maintenance/deleteBatch.php).
> Now, I'd like to display a single information page if anybody uses an
> outdated deep link instead of the usual message "There is currently no
> text in this page, you can search for this page title in other pages or
> edit this page."
> But I don't want to create 500+ redirects... Is there another way to
> show "mywiki/a"  when sombody uses "mywiki/a/b/c"?
> This means, each page with prefix "a/" shoud be redirected to "a".

You can check on mediawki:noarticletext with the proper parserfunction
if you are at myqiki/a subtree, to show a different message.
You could also perform a redirect at .htaccess level.

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