[Wikipedia-l] Backups.

Brion VIBBER brion at pobox.com
Mon Aug 19 00:38:15 UTC 2002

lcrocker at nupedia.com wrote:
>>I might have lost some messages, or something. But did anyone
>>reply to my question about wikipedia backups?
>>Is the wikipedia server being backed up?
> The English Wikipedia is currently being backed up every few
> days on an irregular schedule (read that as "whenever I think
> about it").  I plan to write a cron script to automate that a
> bit, but I haven't gotten around to it.

See: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Database_download

That doesn't tell you when the last backup was made, though. Go directly 
to: http://www.wikipedia.com/tarballs/ , which for the moment at least 
is just a directory listing. The current backup is from today at 2:49 
pm, with some periodic older versions available as well.

(Hmm, tracking growth of the database dump's compressed size (=entropy?) 
might be an interesting statistic. ;)

> I know nothing about the non-English sites--those are still
> on the old server.

I've been talking to Jason about that, those accidentally disappeared in 
the transition and are being put back.

-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)

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