[MediaWiki-l] How to delete erroneous file 'Common.css'?

Martin Urbanec martin.urbanec at wikimedia.cz
Sun Jul 22 07:30:12 UTC 2018

The installer should create an account that is in both sysop and bureaucrat
group. By default, this means it can delete/undelete pages, block/unblock
users and perform other actions restricted to sysops and also manage user
group membership (for example promote users to sysops and demote sysops).

If there is no such account (can be verified using Special:ListAdmins), you
can use createAndPromote.php maintenance script, see
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:CreateAndPromote.php. You can use it
either for creating a new user and promote it to be a sysop/bureaucrat or
for creating a new user without promoting or for promoting existing user or
for changing user's password, so the name of the script is slightly
confusing, but hope it will do.

Alternatively, you can delete pages using maintenance script
deleteBatch.php, see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:DeleteBatch.php.
But I'd advise to get admin privileges somehow and use deleteBatch.php only
if a page cannot be deleted using online interface for some reason.


so 21. 7. 2018 v 15:05 odesílatel Sharon Kimble <boudiccas at skimble.plus.com>

> I'm setting up 2 localhost-only wikis for development purposes and
> trying out new ideas. One called 'wiki-drugfacts' and the other called
> 'wiki-tgmeds'. They both share the same mariadb database although
> 'wiki-tgmeds' does have a prefix of 'tg-' first in the database.
> whilst endeavouring to set up 'common.css' like I already have on my
> main 'DrugFacts' website, it is working on 'wiki-drugfacts' but not on
> 'wiki-tgmeds'. It seems very likely that I have set up
> 'http://localhost/wiki-tgmeds/index.php/Common.css' but now I can't
> delete it. So how can I securely delete it please?
> I've looked at these pages [1], [2], and [3] and they all seem to imply
> that I need to be in the 'administrator' or 'sysop' user groups. so I've
> looked at all possible variations of user/root setup of wiki-tgmeds to
> see if I can change the user permission for myself, but without any
> success at all.
> I'm now coming to the belief that it possibly relates to how I set up
> wiki-tgmeds. I set up wiki-drugfacts and got it working as I wanted, and
> then I created the wiki-tgmeds directory at /var/www/html/wiki-tgmeds
> and then proceeded to manually populate the directory with an install of
> the mediawiki files, from when I expanded and extracted
> 'mediawiki-1.31.0.tar.gz'. I found the site on localhost in my browser
> and then just proceeded to create a new 'LocalSettings.php'. And once
> the site was up and running I created one article but wasn't able to get
> the text to wrap around the TOC, which started me off on my quest to get
> 'Common.css' working properly.
> So to recap, how can I delete the erroneous 'Commons.css' file on
> wiki-tgmeds' please
> Thanks
> Sharon.
> [1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Contents
> [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Deletion_and_undeletion
> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Administrators#Deletion
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