Upgrades and Changes

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This page documents changes in the installed software on the biowikifarm (new software, new version, new configuration, etc.), including notes on known problems. Upgrades and Changes from 2010 and 2011 are no longer shown and available through the page history. Older changes are occasionally archived


Entire Biowikfarm now runs on at least MW 1.26.2 Andreas Plank (talk) 22:32, 26 October 2017 (CEST)


New Wiki https://biowikifarm.net/wikibase/ for experimenting with properties covering multiple Wikis at once --Andreas Plank (talk) 17:01, 16 November 2017 (CET)


Between 14. and 29.12 the biowikifarm experienced a serious outage. No data were lost, but a sequence of suddenly increased usage (perhaps through bots), resulting in a necessity to optimize and update software. However, in turn, this lead to software compatibility problems which proved hard to solve for all current administrators. We are working on improving our procedures and available resources to avoid such problems in the future. Among other changes, php was updated to 5.6 and the database to MariaDB 10.2 in this period. -Gregor Hagedorn (talk) 01:06, 30 December 2017 (CET)


Installed and activated https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:CookieWarning . The extension was not yet installed for version 1.26, and manually added (this may be relevant on next upgrade!) Folders .../mediawiki26/extensions-rich-features/CookieWarning and .../mediawiki26/extensions-simple-features/CookieWarning were manually created and filled with separately downloaded code (version 1.30). --Gregor Hagedorn (talk) 01:37, 14 February 2018 (CET)


A new version of nodejs and parsoid have been installed, which makes it now possible to active the VisualEditor. The steps required to install nodejs and parsoid have been documented at Parsoid installation and here is the guide to activate the Visual Editor in the individual wikis with different possible settings. This should make editing the wikis for regular users a lot easier. --David Fichtmueller (talk) 16:08, 19 December 2018 (CET)


Fix Extension:UploadWizard globally to have also soft dependency of Extension:EventLogging for creating Campaigns it is necessary --Andreas Plank (talk) 12:58, 11 April 2019 (CEST)


Added extension Arrays to https://offene-naturfuehrer.de for the use to get large data unique --Andreas Plank (talk) 15:32, 10 July 2019 (CEST)


Added cron job for runJobs.php of wikis with the simple extensions setup and added /etc/logrotate.d/wiki-runJobs for those logfiles generated by the cronjob triggered script of extensions/CommonsMediaCaching/runJobs_simple-extensions.sh. (Hope it works) --Andreas Plank (talk) 13:36, 13 November 2019 (CET)


Fix RDF export for Extension:XMLTransformation (eg. used on https://terms.tdwg.org): xsltproc does not parse external URLs (?any more?), so local temporary files are created to process and transform the XML. --Andreas Plank (talk) 14:10, 16 December 2019 (CET)


Currently there are issues with the email notifications, which also means that it is not easy for new users to register: (1) the emails to confirm the email address are not send out,(2) the notifications to the admins to confirm the accounts are not send and even if they know that people registered and approved the accounts manually, (3) the email with the temporary passwords are not send out as well, so the users can't log in. Issues 1 and 2 can be avoided by regularly checking Special:ConfirmAccounts of your wiki, but the third issue can be solved by logging into the server via SSH and then running:

cd /var/www/metawiki/
php maintenance/changePassword.php --user=User\ Name --password=<insert temporary yet secure password here> --conf LocalSettings.php

You can then send the temporary password to the users manually and ask them to change it once they have logged in (not sure if this happens automatically) Maybe this helps some of you. David Fichtmueller (talk) 15:16, 12 November 2020 (CET)