[MediaWiki-l] Installing Mediawiki

John phoenixoverride at gmail.com
Mon Jul 3 16:40:45 UTC 2017

So I have been primarily using just the core mediawiki setup. But as time
passes and I see more and more advanced systems integrated into mediawiki,
getting a "Standard" or common setup of mediawiki is getting harder and
harder for basic users to deploy. We are now getting into requiring
restbase, parsoid, composer and probably a few other systems that I am not
recalling at the moment.

What does the community think about getting something together that
simplifies/automates this? What I am thinking is something that could be
used on a newly created box that installs and configures the needed
components in a "standard" configuration?

Right now the setup is less than straight forward, you go to add
Extension:Math (which has been a simple project until recently). Where you
are told it needs Restbase, and mathiod. We actually include the
wording *Unfortunately,
there is no well tested guide on installing Mathoid
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Mathoid> and Restbase
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Restbase> to work with
the Math extension *If we don't even have a good guide why have we
converted a very high use extension to that? We then forward them to docs
spread out between mediawiki.org wikitech, and the vendor's website.

More and more users are hitting brick walls and giving up because they
cannot figure out how to get these different systems talking to each other.
Ideally we would have install/config scripts for at least Debian and Ubuntu
systems with CentOS probably being the next highest used distro.

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