[MediaWiki-l] is there a way to get all js/css module dependencies for a given wikimedia page ?

Derk-Jan Hartman d.j.hartman+wmf_ml at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 15:32:04 UTC 2017

"all" is a lot, and not likely to be what you want. All includes skinning,
libraries, content scripts, site scripts, user scripts etc. javascript,
css, userinterface message etc... All have different elements to them that
might not fit your use case, so identifying that is important.

Furthermore, JS and CSS are very dependent on the structure of the page, so
in order to be able to run, you will have to coerce the page to be similar
enough that it will work. They load stuff conditionally for a wide area of
purposes etc...

You can retrieve 'some' of the module names that a specific page's content
depends on. These are handy (and also what JS wikitext previews use to
dynamically load modules into the existing context), but far from complete

For Lyon, there actually are none:

The lyon page doesn't depend on JS or CSS modules really. Because
collapsible content is a en.wp specific UI hack on top, delivered by the JS
module 'site' and the CSS module 'site.styles'

Which requires the jquery and mediwiki modules

which require the startup module (the startup module has the mw.loader, the
dependency tree and the configuration):

Remember that load order needs to be ensured, and that the above only
details JS, and not CSS and doesn't help you much there are lazy loaded
modules downloaded over HTTP and everything. Unless you download all
modules and basically implement your own load.php delivery shim to deliver

It's not easy :)


On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 10:54 AM, Damien Accorsi <damien.accorsi at free.fr>

> Le 05/04/2017 à 09:31, Côme HUGUIES a écrit :
>> Hello,
>> I'm Côme (Skylsmoi) and I am working with Kelson (from Kiwix) on the
>> mwoffliner.
>> I am trying to mirror locally every js and css resources from original
>> articles for an offline use.
>> [...]
> Hello all,
> I'm working with Skylsmoi on the project. The global question we are
> trying to answer is : "how to get the exhaustive list of ressources
> required by a given wikimedia page". The example Skylsmoi worked on is the
> page of Lyon city - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon
> The problem is that the page depends on some modules which depends on some
> other modules which... a recursive dependency workflow based on javascript
> dynamic code. So... it is pretty impossible to get the fully exhaustive
> dependency list without to execute the javascript code itself.
> As you may (or may not) know, kiwix is the project that target to allow to
> mirror some wikimedia-based website in order to give access offline.
> mwoffliner (the module we are working on) is in charge of downloading all
> required stuff. That's why we try to get the exhaustive list.
> /Kelson/ initially pointed us to the load.php endpoint which returns some
> dependancies... unfortunatelly, it does not return all dependencies (or we
> do not use it the right way).
> Better than to reverse-engineer the entire wikimedia source code, asking
> for ideas / directions here, on the mailing list can help. (or even if the
> response is "it's impossible" will help)
> Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
> Have a great day.
> Damien
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