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Wikilivres Functionality Status - UPDATE 30 April 2017 - Loss of Pages

On 30 there was a loss of an unknown number of User/User_talk pages and Templates. The templates have been restored from a previous backup, however the user pages will require longer to retrieve from a database backup. It is unclear what the source of the delete was, though this could be a spam admin tool that was used accidentally, or a maintenance process that acted out of bounds. The normal delete log is not showing these deletions. --Sysadmin (talk) 13:34, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

comment -- it is NOT just userpages & templates. some author pages are gone too, & not sure about actual "content" pages & files. can now confirm that some content is gone too:,_1_of_6)&action=edit&redlink=1 example: Victor Hugo categories are gone too (subject's author page also mia) & just recreated the cat for a.a. milne & this was a "hard delete", not just a "hidden from public view" delete. why does ANY bot on this project have "hard-delete" powers? i think that is a bad idea, for obvious reasons... >__< ditto for any "mass-delete" tools for that matter. --Lx 121 (talk) 23:34, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

Wikilivres Functionality Status - UPDATE 26 April 2017 - Heavy Load Resolved

On 25 April the site experienced heavy load. There were three combining factors involved that lead to a heavy load on the CPU and delay in responding to site page requests: job processing of thumbnail images, the ElectronPDF service running amok, and heavy indexing by spiders. Individually each could be handled, but together they were too much. Each of these issues have been mitigated: the large set of Pauly-Wissowa files have been removed (>2,700, which was the massive drag both on thumbnail generation and on search engine spidering), the ElectronPDF service (which was being tested) has been removed, and the sitemap.xml and robots.txt files have been optimized for a leaner spider load and cleaner set of indexed files. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:23, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

comment -- slightly lost; why did we remove all that content, & is it available elsewhere online? o__0 Lx 121 (talk) 23:43, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
As sysadmin, this kind of action is taken for overall stability. Basically, if the boat is sinking, then some things get chucked overboard on the captain's orders. --Sysadmin (talk) 07:31, 1 May 2017 (UTC)


Templates needed (right away) - WAITING ON FEEDBACK

  • PD-pma|deathyear template
  • author page header template
  • fixing the author-biblio page header-template should also be on the shortlist; this whole experience sort of shows how we (mw projects in general) are over-dependent on separately-loaded templates! Lx 121 (talk) 15:57, 3 April 2017 (UTC)
I need more info on this please. What the functionality is/was, etc. --Sysadmin (talk) 16:38, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
I understand that many templates have not been restored, and definitely that is a part of the restore priority --Sysadmin (talk) 16:46, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
& i absolutely understand the size & difficulty of the work. not nagging; it'll get done when it gets done. but this one is by far the most critical & most-used "licensing" tag for our content; all the others are "secondary" (which i why i listed it as a single-item, rather than just saying "licensing templates") Lx 121 (talk) 16:38, 3 April 2017 (UTC)
Please check to see what templates are still not available (all restores are done) and let me know and I can see if they are somewhere mislabelled. --Sysadmin (talk)
@Lx 121: please let me know which templates are still not available. I did see your mention of Category Redirect below, but I am unaware of what else is missing/needed. --Sysadmin (talk) 13:14, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
@Sysadmin: will do, as i can think of them... just noticed that one wasn't working,"in the course of events". be aware that this is going to be another busy, stressful week on my end. will not be on much, if at all, before next weekend. >__< Lx 121 (talk)


Status: Broken, assigned as a task. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:12, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Authority Control (New Feature Request) - UNDER DISCUSSION

  • (& we should start using an authority-control thing, now that we can)
Not clear what that is. Please provide urls or examples I can follow up on. --Sysadmin (talk) 16:46, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
"authority control" identifiers are unique, standardised alphanumerics for a specific person or thing; library/data science -thing. naturally, there are presently many different standards/systems... the wm projects are now using them & templates are available see the bottom of this page, for an example -- Lx 121 (talk) 18:46, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
This looks like work without much value to visitors. We are in the Google world so having exact unique identifiers don't do much. I could be wrong and am open to further discussion. And, if enough people feel differently we can implement. It should be seen as valuable by the majority of editors, since it ads to everyone's work. Comments from other editors encouraged. --Sysadmin (talk) 11:48, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

HotCat (Gadget) -- BROKEN, OPEN ISSUE

  • hotcats!
HotCat is enabled and editors can select that in their Preferences>Gadgets. It is under gadget-section-editing-gadgets, and is the third option which reads "Easily add / remove / change a category on a page, with name suggestions.".--Sysadmin (talk) 16:41, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
sweet! & ty :) Lx 121 (talk) 18:46, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
  • (hotcats does not seem to be working for me; & it does show as "enabled"; as described above. & by now i should be fully "purged" since the time i changed the setting. is it working for anyone else? Lx 121 (talk) 16:38, 3 April 2017 (UTC))
Sorry, but is HotCat definitely working or definitely not working at this point? I've lost track. --Sysadmin (talk) 16:38, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
Could a user of HotCat please report on its working/not working status? Thank you! --Sysadmin (talk) 10:01, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
definitely not working for me; & i do have it enabled, "as described". Lx 121 (talk) 09:08, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

Favicon - ON TASK LIST

As I stated it's fine to have this new favicon, might be we could improve it in the next time: some time ago I saw a similiar favicon used by a project like wiktionary or so, which was ver similar and black and white (I cannot find it now). Nevertheless, if we could change the color of the present favicon to sepia or brown or something like the new logo it would be very nice, I think. -jkb- (talk) 20:21, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

just a thought, but what if we "rotated" (or randomised) a bunch of different "W"-symbols as icon? Lx 121 (talk) 09:10, 17 April 2017 (UTC)
Added this comment to the Open Issue #20 on Github. --Sysadmin (talk) 03:53, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Project:Interwiki - OPEN ISSUE

We have to arrange imports (interwiki import + import upload or better both) from wikisources to here an vice versa (I need urgently in the next time imports from here to cs.source) -jkb- (talk) 21:57, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

We had our own interwiki that were put on meny pages, and that not working now, see Project:Interwiki, eg. wikipedia:de:Johann Wolfgang von Goethe should go to article on German Wikipedia, and wikisource:de:Johann Wolfgang von Goethe should go to article on German Wikisource, and so on.

They can be repaced by built-in interwiki like wikipedia:de:Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and wikisource:de:Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but it is longer way... Electron   16:14, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

I'm afraid the syntax of the interwikis has changed, e.g. instead of :cs:ws:XXXYYY works now wiksource:cs:XXXYYY etc. -jkb- (talk) 16:20, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
OK. You are right, some syntax we have "built-in" in this MediaWiki already, but there is possibility to add new... and they were added on as additional interwiki. OK, we can change them by bot, but a good idea is to add them as it was in previous wiki. Electron   16:43, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
Added to task list --Sysadmin (talk) 04:16, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Wikilivres website footer -- FILED AS TASK

Should include link to copyright, terms of use, privacy policy. Look to this to edit <>

Logged as Issue#54

Localization -- ONGOING ISSUES

The localization seems to work good now, so if I set in my prefereces eg. Polish language I see most of information and templates in Polish...

But is not all we have on There on we have the feature, that if I set eg. Polish, my main page was not Main Page (like it is now) but Strona główna, and on Special:RecentChanges I had seen no MediaWiki:Recentchangestext but MediaWiki:Recentchangestext/pl as default and so on... It works for others our main languages, too. Now it don't work, I see their English version as default.

What's more, as I remember if the page has English version, eg. Project:Community Portal/en and there were their local vesions, eg. Polish -> Project:Community Portal/pl and others language versions, there in left sidebar were put interwiki links to them. Now it dosn't work any more. Electron   14:14, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

I have no idea how to switch it again to work in previous way... It must be changed something in Mediawiki, I suppose. Any ideas? Electron   14:14, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Noted and added as Github Issue #49 --Sysadmin (talk) 10:19, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
OK. Btw. Meanwhile I've tried other way of lokalization of Main Page and MediaWiki:Recentchangestext-lang. They transcluded other pages in local language. It's working properly now , so I see Strona główna (Polish main page) and MediaWiki:Recentchangestext-lang/pl on default if I set Polish language in my Prefences. And it works for others our main language, now (if there is the page in an lokal language, or in English, if there is not). Maybe in the future we should change it to work in the way it was working before, but now it works not bad, I think. Electron   10:17, 13 April 2017 (UTC)
I see this as an important part of Wikilivres. It is a complex issue I don't fully understand, and I don't want to break anything (yet). Everyone's patience is appreciated. --Sysadmin (talk) 11:57, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
I just wanted to add the Localization page which has a variety of useful information, and is regularly edited. --Sysadmin (talk) 13:08, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

category stuff -- OPEN ISSUE

1. something seems to be lagging today in the categorization "-thing". newly-added items & subcats are not showing up in category pages (purge is NOT clearing it); & i don't recall that happening before. (the added pages still show as "categorised" @ their page-bottom, they just don't appear on the cat-page)

This could be maintenance tasks that have been sitting in a job queue. I'm manually forcing them through. The restore created a lot of this backlog. Still plunging away. SIgned, your Wiki plumber. --Sysadmin (talk) 10:33, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

2. is "hotcat" working for anybody? because it's still not working for me, & it's a tool i really need. -- Lx 121 (talk) 20:39, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Please test HotCat again and let me know. Sorry to keep asking, but things are changed/updated since this last post, and I need to get feedback. --Sysadmin (talk) 10:33, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
still not, sry abt the delay; just getting caught up on the stuff on this page here. Lx 121 (talk) 09:12, 17 April 2017 (UTC)
Filed as a task/issue as Github issue #67

header template vs page menu - OPEN ISSUE

hi; something in our present title/header template seems to be "supressing" the display of the page-section menu box. can we fix this? being able to navigate sections hugely increases page-useability; especially on longer texts. also sectioning makes it easier to "break down" a book into multiple pages later on. best, --Lx 121 (talk) 01:44, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Is it a __NOTOC__ somewhere in a template? Can you give me some example pages of where it doesn't work (and what expected behavior is), I'm not exactly sure I know what is broken. --Sysadmin (talk) 10:30, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
hi, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you on this one! here is an on-wiki example of a working submenu for page-sections: but on any page formatted up "book-style" (header, etc.) the page-section menu won't display. at least not on my screen; am running current firefox, on current ubuntu. like here, the page has been sectioned, but no menu do i see(?): i am tentatively assuming it is something in the header template that suppresses it, but that's just a guess. would be VERY useful for page-navigation, if we got it back; they are bog-standard on long wikipedia articles. --Lx 121 (talk) 08:44, 17 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Lx 121: can you get in touch with @Electron: regarding that template? I think he was a recent editor of it. Hopefully he can discover what is not working, or let me know what functionality might need to be restored. --Sysadmin (talk) 18:11, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

"collapsing" -- OPEN ISSUE

not "top of the list", but some kind of "collapse" function would be useful for more involved bibliographies; & would have many uses elsewhere. --Lx 121 (talk) 06:03, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Added to Github Issue #50

Extension:Math is needed - STILL NOT WORKING, OPEN ISSUE

See: Extension:Math, it allows to render mathematical formulas.

We have some texts with mathematical formulas, see e.g.: Zur Dynamik bewegter Systeme, and they don't work properly now. Electron   10:04, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

I've added this to my task list on Github Issues. --Sysadmin (talk) 10:04, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
I've spent some time on this. The move to MathJax is not desirable because of performance issues. See: - I'm partial to KaTex, which is the Khan Academy implementation in Javascript. I've spent time trying to get it to work on Bibliowiki, but no dice. This will likely be a programming task (making a new MediaWiki extension). There has been an extension made for WordPress which is simple and works very well. This is going to take more time to resolve. In the meantime, feel free to include the non-rendered math, and possibly a rendered image (rendering the math using an external tool). Though the second part is not required and ultimately would be removed in any case. Sorry for the delay on this, but there is progress in terms of which solution would be best moving forwared. --Sysadmin (talk) 14:18, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Spam bots -- TASK UNDERWAY

I think taht we should install same tools against spam bots and spammers. We had big problem with them in the past, see -> [1]. It seems they are getting to start spam again -> Special:BlockList

On my mind on the first we should install:

the scripts for filters for Abuse Filter can be taken from here ->

as it is on wikisource ->

Electron   22:19, 21 April 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for this @Electron:. I've done some research on this on the Github security and anti-spam documentation page, however I have not yet implemented these items. I will add your comments to the Github Issue #1 Antispam/Antivandal Measures and Best Practices. I have this on the Wikilivres 1.1 release schedule which is 30 April. --Sysadmin (talk)
If you want to see an overview of April tasks, check out Wikilivres release 1.1 project on Github. This gives a nice overview (Kanban card) view of tasks and their place in the overall workflow. --Sysadmin (talk) 16:28, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
Full ack: abuse filter + confirmedit + fancycaptcha would be fine. -jkb- (talk) 17:08, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
OK. Thanks for the links. It is no very harry, as yet. But it seems that they are starting to test our servis. In the past they created more than 30.000 new spam accounts so we should be carefull. Electron   22:48, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
I've implemented about 10 things that will help reduce attack surface and catch some of the bad actors. However, I still have a number of additional items to do. Detail here.

needed templates: category redirect - UNDER DISCUSSION

i have just noticed that we do not seem to have a "category redirect" template anymore? this should be on the shortlist of essential tools for categorization work. --Lx 121 (talk) 12:40, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Lx 121:, is this what you have in mind? Please advise. --Sysadmin (talk) 13:11, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi. Pls see the discussion on this topic here. -jkb- (talk) 13:19, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
@ @Sysadmin:; yes that's it. it's "bog standard" on all the wikimedia (wmf project) wikis i've ever edited on. commons has the same thing, which is where i've used it the most. there may also be "hard" & "soft' variations someplace. but the standard one is fine. Lx 121 (talk) 05:52, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
I don't see a problem if an admin wants to use category redirects, that sounds reasonable, even if other admins don't think they are worthwhile. Unless they break something, or introduce some kind of burden on the system, which I don't forsee. That said, we should stay away from mass-creation of all possible template redirects. As mentioned below, I will look into ways of automating fixes to this kind of case-sensitivity problem. Also, realize we can get data on errors (404s) that are encountered on the site from search and from the weblog. So we can see practical, actual problems that occur, and respond to them. The category redirect pages on wikipedia and wikisource are different. See:
Looking closer, there are some useful things to learn about how Wikipedia policy uses category redirects and also Wikisource. From what I can tell:
* Category Redirects are not used on misspellings, but things like diacritics vs. non-diacritics, punctuation (hyphen vs. m-dash or n-dash), and of course, capitalization (which is not a spelling error, per se).
* On misspellings, Wikisource suggests the use of
* Also note that these redirects are soft based on what a category is (technically different than pages), and effectively work by means of bots that patrol and move things from one category (the redirecting one) to another (the redirected one).
As long as we have a policy of deleting categories that have no articles, and therefore not having category redirects to those no-article categories, I don't see a proliferation problem (which is what I think other admins are suspicious of). --Sysadmin (talk) 08:33, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
Comment: In my opinion such category redirects are useful on big projects only, where is big traffic and it is problem to solve some bad things withould automatic tools. On small projects (as us is now) they are not worth to waste the time on it... Do not shoot the cannon to kill the fly. I will fix this "big problem" in a minute. But is is only my own opinion... If you think it would be very usefull I have no other objections. Electron   10:00, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Case-Sensitivity in MediaWiki

This gets at a bigger issue which is a design problem in MediaWiki, which is case-sensitivity. This can actually be fixed in Search (with a different API), which I've logged as a new task. However, the case-sensitivity in things like pages and categories is a pain. I will look more into this, as I am sure there is some way to get this going better, if only some regular bots that can auto-correct capitalization errors. I've logged this also as a separate task to look into. --Sysadmin (talk) 13:38, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

restoring items from accidental mass-delete

hi; can we have an update, & e.t.a. for restoring the content lost in the recent unintentional mass-delete, please? :) we still don't know exactly how much is gone, & recreating is a lot of work; also frustrating. as well as the lost content, it takes a lot of time to do up a "proper" complete biblio-page for an author. (& idk abt the other & unknown lost pages, but the mencken & churchill pages were pretty decent) -- Lx 121 (talk) 22:13, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Sorry for delay on this, I've not been able to spend time here the last week. To be frank, the new backup process is not fully in place. That will be corrected in the next few days. I understand the frustration. Will advise as info is available. --Sysadmin (talk) 19:00, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

please could we get the biblio-pages for churchill, mencken, & victor hugo restored from whatever most-recent backup there is, asap? it's really a lot of work to re-create those pages, especially once they are "complete" (full biblio, full links on & off -wiki; including links to off-wiki content). that's at least an hour's work for me, as well as an hour for simon. not to mention how frustrating it is having to redo all the work, yet again! xD & (>__<) Lx 121 (talk) 18:50, 16 May 2017 (UTC) SSL Cert issue - RESOLVED

i'm getting a security/configuration/certificate error -something, from firefox, when i go to the new site btw: what happened to github? Lx 121 (talk) 20:28, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Lx 121: what is the error message? Currently is still the primary site, but SSL cert should be working. Github has been moved to Gitlab: --Sysadmin (talk) 16:25, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
status page works fine, or seems to. but when i try to go to just plain i get this:
Your connection is not secure. The owner of has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website. Learn more… Report errors like this to help Mozilla identify and block malicious sites. uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names:,, Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN
help/infolink from error msg: --Lx 121 (talk) 17:34, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Lx 121:, thanks for the info. The domain redirects to (because the MediaWiki install controls redirection), but as you discovered, if you just replace a page url on with the domain (but preserve the filename part), then it generates an error. I could have sworn I had already installed/configured the cert, but I had not. I've done so now. The error message should no longer persist. When it comes time to switch domains, it is a matter of substituting two lines in httpd.conf and one in LocalSettings.php. --Sysadmin (talk) 16:15, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Index and Page Namespaces - Open Task

Index and page namespaces cannot be imported from Chinese Wikisource.Jusjih (talk) 15:01, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

  • hello, & welcome! :)
can you explain the problem more thoroughly, please?
(also: we may need you help in translating the chinese side, to fix it)
Lx 121 (talk) 07:23, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
wikisource:zh:Index:Manifesto of the Communist Party, translated by Bo Gu.pdf is considered copyright-restricted in the USA even in the public domain in Greater China and Canada with 1946 death of the translator and posthumous publication in 1949. I cannot import it or its related pages.Jusjih (talk) 01:44, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I comfirm the problem. The import of file with "Index" namespace causes the error: The content model 'proofread-index' is not registered on this wiki. See to find out which extensions handle this content model. There is possibility to import pages only without "index". So I impoted them and created index page manually, see: Index:Manifesto of the Communist Party, translated by Bo Gu.pdf. Maybe it is because there are on wikilivres and on wikisource different numbers of namespaces of Index: and Page: and others connected with proofread extension (see also: [2]) and the import is puzzled what to do? Electron   23:52, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Jusjih: and @Electron:, it sounds like the issue was resolved for this particular document. Is there something more I should look into here? Please advise. --Sysadmin (talk) 11:00, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
Still, there is no possibility to import files with "Index" namespace taken form wikisource, in straight way... Electron   23:13, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
Assigned as open issue in Github. --Sysadmin (talk) 02:34, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

Website Space Limitations Roadmap

Currently we have about 30gb of space. This cannot all be used, as when there is around 2gb left, the database will not resize itself. Also, any backup that would make a copy before export ofsite would need to be half the size in order to work, which means something like 14gb max usable space for a functioning site, but closer to 12gb.

This model can be much improved when using Amazon EC2/S3 including elastic store backups. This means that backups happen as snapshots to a backup file rather than needing to duplicate/compress the data first. The price can be managed as well, but before we migrate from the current host, it would be best to wait until Amazon Lightsail is available in the Canada Central region (currently not available). If lightsail is not available by the end of 2017, we should migrate anyway to allow for better filesystem management, and overall management. The current host SSDnodes has a bit too much downtime for my liking (several hours every month or so). --Sysadmin (talk) 13:23, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

bug report: database search error - FIXED

search is failing a lot right now (but not QUITE everytime, for everything; searching 'laura worked, but 'sinclair lewis' did not, nor lewis sinclair, nor 'x'). i keep getting error message like this: A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software.[WWhgmgMKe5ykigN2gRp8hwAAAA8] 2017-07-14 06:11:38: Fatal exception of type "DBQueryError" --Lx 121 (talk) 06:18, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Lx 121:. I can confirm the error. I have run maintenance scripts and also restart the servers, but the error persists. I will log this as a task with high priority. More information as it becomes available. --Sysadmin (talk) 08:38, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
I've turned on stack trace and error debugging, and it was a crashed searchindex table in the database. I ran database table repair and it seems to work now. Please confirm. --Sysadmin (talk) 08:46, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

Imported scripts from Wikisource in Common.js

Googlebot complains about not being able to process pages correctly (because it is blocked by Wikisource for certain assets), in particular:


Unless there is some reason, it would make sense to simply duplicate these scripts locally at Bibliowiki and run them locally. Any thoughts/history on this? --Sysadmin (talk) 11:40, 15 July 2017 (UTC)


We obviously do not have the user group autoconfirmed, as the page protecting doe4sn't work, see [3] + [4] - -jkb- (talk) 08:33, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

Please let me know what behavior is not working as expected. Autoconfirmed caused a lot of extra work and trouble in the past, for new-ish users. Is Autoconfirmed supposed to help stop spam? Are certain pages supposed to be protected from new users? I need more information, please, as to expected behavior and unexpected behavior. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:00, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Well it can help stop spam and vandalism. It is a protection level between "allow all" and "allowe admins only". See autoconfirmed (and extended confirmed bellow - as we have this on German WP as well), and we have it in the protection options here, see MediaWiki:Protect-level-autoconfirmed. When a page is beeing vandalized - just like User:K67y in the past, so I can protect it with "allow autoconfirmed users" that meanas: User K67y can edit it, but a new user cannot. I tried to protect it (and Zephyrus as well) but it doesn't work. The next protection level "allow admins only" would cause that User:K67y can edit it neither. -jkb- (talk) 09:15, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Also: the most templates (main pages as well) etc. should be protected on this level to avoid sudden and mass vandalism on hundreds of pages. -jkb- (talk) 10:39, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Hi @-jkb-:, I've got two questions: 1. does sudden and mass vandalism happen on Bibliowiki? 2. If it does happen, how difficult is it to revert (if for example it is from a single user)? Thanks for your information, this helps. --Sysadmin (talk) 15:00, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
Hello Jeff, very shortly as I leave tommorow for a fortnight approx for the nice swiss country :-) ... We do not have sudden and mass vandalism here at present, but we had a huge ampount of it some time ago: now, this domain is quite new and it is the question of time when it comes. It is or it is not difficult to revert it - but with the proposed level protection a great part of such accounts will not try it (or, the had to wait for some 4 days and make some edits first - no immediate succes, so the will not do it). And, it is the normally protection level on all projects of the WMF. Cheers -jkb- (talk) 21:22, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
BTW, from the same reason (and other ones) I would be quite happy to have here the Check user tool... -jkb- (talk) 21:55, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
I'll look into checkuser again, I don't recall why it was turned off (or just didn't work when I tried to enable it). I agree we need better anti-vandalism in place. I'm not convinced about autoconfirm as the answer, since the impact is also on non-vandals. I'll revisit the checklist of antispam stuff to do. I think we were about halfway through the process. Enjoy Switzerland! --Sysadmin (talk) 11:21, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

creation of new accounts is suspended?

paraphrasing but: "the creation of new accounts has been suspended, due to technical issues"

what's up with that? & for how long? o__0

Lx 121 (talk) 18:41, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

My guess is that this is the (unhelpful) error message when the database gets a wedgie (technical term). I've kicked it and it seems to allow new account creation (as it should). --Sysadmin (talk) 11:18, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

Index:Rush Galpo Sankalan - Part I.pdf

Hi, I have created one Index file. But where is my pages? its shown Error: Numeric value expected. Jayantanth (talk) 18:43, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

I am afraid that pdf format is not supported on this wiki, yet. The same is with -> Index:Manifesto of the Communist Party, translated by Bo Gu.pdf. Electron   08:45, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
I was unaware of this issue. I will look into this. --Sysadmin (talk) 11:17, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
Any update of this issue??Jayantanth (talk) 21:39, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
I've looked into this error message and it is the result of a failure in indexing the document. This kind of failure is not uncommon, but not being fixed by Mediawiki. See for example the various references to the error message from this search: [5]. Try uploading a different version of the work (a different PDF or some other file type). This doesn't affect all PDFs as far as I am aware. --Sysadmin (talk) 06:33, 29 December 2017 (UTC)

Delete revisions right

Hello @Sysadmin, could you allow some of us to hide spam revisions? Thousand thanks :) --Zephyrus (talk) 12:20, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

Do you know how/where to change those rights? Happy to oblige but do not know how/where to make a change. --Sysadmin (talk) 03:30, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
Would this link be of any use? --Zephyrus (talk) 11:08, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

Downtime on 23-24 November

Hi folks, there was intermittant downtime for Bibliowiki on 23-24 November. This is due to the hosting companies networks (the server itself was fine, but network routes were disrupted). Our hosting people are cheap, but this kind of thing has happened before with these guys. A more reliable system will cost about 2x what we currently pay. I'm willing to carry that additional cost to get a better system in place (use of Amazon EC2 in the Montreal location). The current average of $10/mo in contributions currently covers our (very inexepensive) hosting costs, but with cheap, comes a lack of reliability. --Sysadmin (talk) 03:10, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Downtime 07 Jan 2017

Our host SSDNodes alerted us to a security issue and need to patch the server.

- 10:07 ICT (GMT+7) - Notification via email - 10:15 ICT (GMT+7) - Bibliowiki becomes unavailable - 10:39 ICT (GMT+7) - Bibliowiki becomes available

Here is the text of the email notification:

SSD Nodes Engineers have been notified of a security vulnerability affecting your server(s). Due to the nature of this vulnerability and the components which are affected, a kernel update and reboot is required. OpenVZ released a kernel update today.
We will be rebooting your server shortly and expect minimal downtime. The process will involve suspending your server's memory, which keeps all processes intact and running after the reboot is completed. In some rare cases, your server won't properly suspend and will be temporarily shut down and booted back online.
We apologize for the late notice, but due to the critical nature of these vulnerabilities we must act quickly to apply updates and protect our customers.
You can learn more here:

--Sysadmin (talk) 04:30, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

Ongoing slowdown/errors 09 Jan

Hi folks,

Looks like we are getting a denial-of-service through aggressive spidering. I'm working to isolate the bad bot and ban it. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:03, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Back up at the moment, but unsure if this is temporary. Will continue to monitor. --Sysadmin (talk) 05:40, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Database error on Special:Search - FIXED

Special:Search dosn't work properly. If I try find eg. "xyz" it produces something like this: Database error A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software.[WlYMBQGfwmRg-KB4bw@hogAAAAE] 2018-01-10 12:50:13: Fatal exception of type "DBQueryError" Electron   12:52, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Reproduced. I did a search for Tolkein and got:
A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software.[WlvM7lgMiStrTXWpTTDqdgAAAAM] 2018-01-14 21:34:38: Fatal exception of type "DBQueryError"
Then I went to Tolkein (which is a redlink at the moment) and clicked thru the text which reads "You can search for this page title in other pages":
A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software.[WlvNI3x6J3SLA8Jkki@N-AAAAAA] 2018-01-14 21:35:31: Fatal exception of type "DBQueryError"
Any idea what is happening, how to fix it, or an ETA? Koavf (talk) 21:40, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
Maybe this can help -> DBQueryError when I try to search for anything on test Wiki Electron   23:17, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
Hey guys, sorry I didn't see this earlier. The searchindex table of the database had crashed and needed to be repaired. Search should work fine now. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:07, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
Confirmed fixed. Thanks. Koavf (talk) 08:54, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
OK. Thanks, now it works good. Electron   10:03, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Fixed. --Sysadmin (talk) 03:11, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

Problem with pages import

Special:Import dosn't work properly. Usually I must try 3 times to upload the file to import takes affect. Usually it do nothing after file's upload. Sometimes it produces the warning like this:

A database query error has occurred. Did you forget to run your application's database schema updater after upgrading? Query: INSERT IGNORE INTO `page` (page_id,page_namespace,page_title,page_restrictions,page_is_redirect,page_is_new,page_random,page_touched,page_latest,page_len) VALUES (NULL,'0','Wyspa_błądząca',,'0','1','0.227220419957','20180111231106','0','0') Function: WikiPage::insertOn Error: 1205 Lock wait timeout exceeded; try restarting transaction (localhost)

Electron   23:24, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

I'm not sure the issue, but also, I'm not sure why this is being used at all (what is being imported?). I will need a copy of the file(s) that are trying to be uploaded in order to duplicate the error/troubleshoot. Email the file(s). Please advise. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:13, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

Wiki Platform Change

Hi folks, Mediawiki is basically impossible to maintain (unless funded by the WikiMedia Foundation), and so we need something better, faster, cheaper, more up-to-date, more lightweight, and of course meeting all our other needs, while maintaining an identity as a wiki.

From what I can tell, there are two options:

Thoughts, comments, experiences with these? --Sysadmin (talk) 15:29, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

I would install them somewhere and give both a try. — VadimVMog (talk) 15:56, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Good idea. --Sysadmin (talk) 07:56, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
I have no experiences with them. If they are very different from Mediawiki there will be problem to change our files to meet new requirements. To say the truth I am to old to change... And I do not want it. Electron   18:07, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
DokuWiki is not appropriate to publish texts. It seems that you want to change totally the politics of bibliowiki. This is a very bad idea. El Verdugo (talk) 07:41, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, but I'm not sure what is wrong with DokuWiki (or TikiWiki). Further detail is appreciated. Regarding politics, please expand on that further as well, over on Policy Discussions. --Sysadmin (talk) 04:11, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
Are there Prrofread Extension or similar at DokuWiki / TikiWiki. Jayantanth (talk) 21:10, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
Good question, I'll look into this. --Sysadmin (talk) 07:56, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
The main problem is that nobody of us knows these wikis. I am afraid they are not compatible with mediawiki with 100% and there will be big problem with our articles, templates, extensions and others technical things to make them work properly in new environment. Especially that nobody of us knows any bot to do it automaticly. And what with the import/export articles from others wikis, especially from wikis that works on MediaWiki engine? Is it possible? I don't suppose so... Electron   09:58, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Ok, I understand the ignorance and fear here. Obviously more will need to be discovered and learned. However, I caution against making decisions in the absence of understanding. What we do know is that MediaWiki as an engine for third parties (us) is a big risk. See: and It is also well-known that even Wikimedia projects in general get limited technical support unless the same issues are affecting Wikipedia. We need to look for ways out of getting stuck in a situation where the site fails due to reliance on an outdated technology. --Sysadmin (talk) 07:56, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
Which is exactly what happened before the shift in domain name. This seems like a problem that money can solve, tho. Can we work together on a budget for the site? (By the way, I edited your comment to include a proper functional link. Editing the blacklist is too much of a pain to make the other a link.) Koavf (talk) 22:46, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Alternative proposal

We could apply for a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation. I'd be willing to help work on it—I have experience in grant writing. This could fund some of our operation or hiring a MediaWiki consultant. Thoughts? Koavf (talk) 22:16, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

I like that idea. Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 06:58, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
I like it too. --Zephyrus (talk) 14:22, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
If it is posssible, sounds good. Electron   09:48, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Hm. Actually, it looks like all grant opportunities explicitly state that they cannot fund third-party sites. So maybe if we had a sponsoring group like Wikimedia Canada again but if not... (see below) Koavf (talk) 02:06, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Alternate alternative proposal

As a more radical solution, would anyone be interested in having the WMF actually formally adopt this wiki? It wouldn't be impossible for it to be a WMF project that is just hosted in Canada? Thoughts on this? Koavf (talk) 02:06, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Well, I guess it's worth asking, though frankly that should have been done a year ago when the site went dark. However, my guess is that they wouldn't want to manage a server outside their normal infrastructure, and therefore they would not be interested in having a server in Canada (with the copyright laws it currently enjoys). I think this is why the site was created 10 years ago, in the first place. --Sysadmin (talk) 07:24, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
I would love this wiki to be formally adopted by the Wikimedia Foundation. I think it's definitely worth a try. Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 08:11, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
You are 100% correct that this is coming late in the game and also is an outside shot at best. :/ I think a more likely solution is Wikimedia Canada taking some ownership which would probably allow funds to trickle in from the WMF. I'll see if that's an option. :/ Koavf (talk) 22:46, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
I think I'm not stating the situation clearly enough. "Funds to trickle in" is not going to overcome the problems with Bibliowiki. It would only temporarily fend off problems with file size growth previously outlined, and which by the way caused the outage over the last 2 days). What is needed is a permanent solution, because the problem is not going away and every DJVU added, adds to the problem. A solution regarding DJVU and its file size problem would include getting those off of Bibliowiki. Another solution is needed to address the basic instability and lack of MediaWiki support ongoing (from those who create and maintain it for the Wikimedia foundation projects) would mean movement to another platform. Money won't fix either of these issues (again, only forestall the first). --Sysadmin (talk) 08:10, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Can you propose a budget that would have enough to cover 1.) registration, 2.) hosting, and 3.) technical support for maintaining MediaWiki? Koavf (talk) 02:26, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
I'm sorry but Mediawiki is a part of the problem, not the a part of the solution. I installed and configured a Mediawiki installation to help out the community when their server (host and installation) disappeared a year ago. I've got a full accounting of the budget and money in and out at Project:Donate. And finally, the money doesn't exist so why talk about a budget? --Sysadmin (talk) 15:34, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
Because I'm tacitly offering to pay. I've also contacted someone who is willing to do the work. This is what he has to say: "Reading the links I saw that you are currently in a VPS hosting model, and you want to move to AWS. Also, you are analyzing if it's viable to migrate everything to another wiki project, because of issues maintaining and adding new features to MediaWiki. What are those issues exactly? Do you have a more specific list of things and a priority of what you need, together with a description of your current infrastructure? Depending on what you need, I'll asses and provide a rough budget, for the hours that it might take. I'm already working on some other projects, but I hope I can be of any help." Koavf (talk) 20:03, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

DB error

Trying to add page. Getting this error (preview works fine):

A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software.[WnMcWDD3KR6XOIxoOlkexgAAAAY] 2018-02-01 13:55:37: Fatal exception of type "DBQueryError" -- VadimVMog (talk) 13:57, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

Actually the page was created, but corrections to it still cause error. — VadimVMog (talk) 04:35, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Please let me know which page so that I can duplicate the error. --Sysadmin (talk) 08:11, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Жених (Зощенко)VadimVMog (talk) 12:09, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
I've made a small edit (added some spaces) and did not receive an error. Perhaps that error was temporary or a part of a previous database corruption issue which has since been fixed? --Sysadmin (talk) 15:35, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Dokuwiki Features and Requirements

Discussion and issues regarding Dokuwiki, including

--Sysadmin (talk) 10:27, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

I checked the comparison page and found only one issue, which I can consider as needing some work, it's tables. Docuwiki doesn't support complex tables. It will require some changes in some texts. It can be done, though. Finding all tables can be automated, I am sure. — VadimVMog (talk) 12:23, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Looks like there is a plugin to provide complex mediawiki table support, see --~~
I read some files you have produced above. It's a pity, but there is no compatibility between DokuWiki and MediaWiki. Almost all things are made in different way. You can transform files from one to another, but what else? Format is different so you must learn it. There is no import/export mechanism like in Mediawiki. What with math functions? What with "magic words" that are used in our meny templates and pages. Only plain text is compatile, almost nothing all...
It is a few years ago when I discoverd wikilivres and started edit there. The main purpose of it was that is was a kind of extention to wikisources... I could put here some texts that I coudn't put on wikisource and my wikia site because of American copyrigths. And I can move them in a quick way by export/import mechanism. If there is no compability and not possibility to move many of pages between wikis in a quick way I am afraid that the project will make no sense for me... There are not many editors here also. They came from Mediawiki project basicly. I am afraid that if we force them to learn how to edit in a new egzotic format we lost them at all. Electron   18:05, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
You are right, I didn't think about it too much. I need to move text easily from/to Wikisource. Well, I can learn new format, but without some converter it's not so interesting to convert texts by hand. — VadimVMog (talk) 18:25, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
Well, @Electron:, you did not look very hard, I googled "dokuwiki mediawiki converter" and found complete site converters as well as a process of dokuwiki --> markdown --> mediawiki (wikitext). Since your hostility to any change is apparent, I suggest posing questions instead of making declarative statements. --Sysadmin (talk) 14:39, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
I try to be frank only. I am rather a lazy man and work only here, where I know what and how to do. In Mediawiki I edit from 2005 so I know haw it works. To tell the truth if there be no MediaWiki on Wikilivres I rather din't start to work here. But maybe you are right. I wish you good luck. Electron   16:56, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
Are there Prrofread Extension or similar at DokuWiki / TikiWiki.Jayantanth (talk) 08:19, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
@Jayantanth, Sysadmin: I have not found a ProofreadPage equivalent exists for those wiki platforms, which is particularly troublesome. Mahir256/মাহির২৫৬ (talk) 20:23, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
@Jayantanth, Mahir256: I do understand the importance of the ProofreadPage workflow especially for DJVU files. I will look further but this may be something unique to MediaWiki (and indeed, WikiSource/Bibliowiki). Reference:

Database errors while searching

Almost all searches generate a DB error, eg: this one gives me

A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. [WqOmDygkL7wwcwxCCdFmOgAAAAk] 2018-03-10 09:31:59: Fatal exception of type "DBQueryError"

Ankry (talk) 09:34, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Confirm the problem. I suppose that the searchindex table of the database has crashed and is needed to be repaired, again. See also: Project:Technical_Issues#Database error on Special:Search - FIXED. Electron   00:29, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
Fixed. --Sysadmin (talk) 03:11, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
OK. Thanks. Now works properly. Electron   08:45, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Addressing (some) of the storage space issues through re-scaling (compression)

Hello everyone. I've started looking at some ways of doing clever compression so that images and document formats would be (sometimes much) smaller than currently, without losing any perceived quality. I've been working through some of my own large pdf files, and get from 10% to 95% compression, averaging over 50% file size shrinkage, simply by changing the dpi (which some argue is merely a metadata setting, but clever re-scaling makes especially scanned images susceptible to significant compression). This would apply to all image and document formats that consist of or contain images.

Really this is all preliminary, and I'll have to do testing, but because this could be run as a batch script against the files on the webserver, it might be a viable approach to forestalling a more radical solution to our creeping storage problem. To what degree this will be useful in shrinking file size is an empirical question that can only be answered by running re-scaling (and other compression scripts) against a copy of a representative sample of our files. I'll update more when more info is available. --Sysadmin (talk) 05:13, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Downtime on 11-May-2018 - Excessive spidering (again)

Hi folks, we are popular with the spiders, so essentially several of them at the same time created a sort of "denial of service" attack, which lasted several hours in early 11-May. I've made changes to the way that the Apache webserver writes logfiles and also the ratio of threads to processes, which seems to have mitigated the problem (100% processor utilization), and still allowed the spiders to access the website. --Sysadmin (talk) 05:24, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

Server upload limitation

What would it take to increase the upload limit from 16Mb to 100Mb? — Ineuw 18:43, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

Image upload fails

Sorry for the constant posts, but there seems to be a glitch in uploading a .jpg file of ~150KB. Added the template and completed the required information, clicked on "Upload" but the file name is lost and empty. — Ineuw talk 18:58, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

P.S: The message is: The file you uploaded seems to be empty. This might be due to a typo in the filename. Please check whether you really want to upload this file.