[MediaWiki-l] Skin tarballs now downloadable from mediawiki.org

Legoktm legoktm.wikipedia at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 05:07:35 UTC 2014


There is now a Special:SkinDistributor[1] on mediawiki.org that will
allow you to download tarballs of skins that are hosted on gerrit. Since
skins have moved out of the core repository and handled like extensions
as of 1.24, it's now possible to provide an easier way to download them.

In addition, I discovered that the tarball generator (for both
extensions and skins) was including .git subdirectories in the tarballs
it was creating, causing extremely large tarballs depending on the
history. It no longer does that[2], shrinking tarballs by over 100MB in
some cases!

Thanks to Chad and Yuvi for helping with code review and the deployment!

-- Legoktm

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:SkinDistributor
[2] https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/174777/

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