[Pkg-mediawiki-devel] packaging of MW extensions

Gabriel Filion lelutin at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 18:08:09 UTC 2010

On 2010-06-17 04:21, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I’d like to ask for aid with MediaWiki extensions. We’re
> currently using, via FusionForge’s gforge-plugin-mediawiki,
> a number of MW farms(plural!), migrating off an older, more
> separate, farm of wiki farms.
> Now the problem is that we used to have a number of exten-
> sions in use, mostly because the old crap was hand-installed
> and hand-modified (which leads to funny differences in beha-
> viour across instances – one of the reasons I refuse to do
> *anything* that cannot be represented via a .deb nowadays),
> and not all of them are available already in Debian.
> Our systems currently run Lenny with the MW 1.15.3 from bpo
> and a very small patch applied (make Special:AllPages not
> paged by setting its maximum to 30000 instead of 345, and
> allowing webdavs:// and file: URIs) as well as the exten-
> sions already provided.
> We’ll need at least the following extensions:
> • Collection (Wiki → PDF/ODT/…)
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Collection
> • RSSReader
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:RSS_Reader
> • Language Selector
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:LanguageSelector
> • Polyglot
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Polyglot
> • News
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:News
> • GraphViz
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GraphViz
> • NoTitle
>   http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:NoTitle
> Now I’m a DD and relatively versed in packaging myself, but
> this is your field of experience, so I’d be glad for any
> input on this, such as packaging policies and some sort of
> best practices for packaging MW extensions, or whether it’s
> possible at all. I’d of course not say no if someone other
> than me would do the packaging ☺ although I can certainly
> jump in, even on company time. There’s not much personal
> interest from me in this though, so please don’t send any
> join suggestions my way (unless they relate to the Fusion-
> forge related work I do as part of my job… we *are* a
> contributor to that project as well).
> Thanks in advance,
> //mirabilos – tg at d.o

We've packaged some of those plugins at work (particularly collection
and all its dependencies). Take a look at this PPA on Launchpad:



Gabriel Filion

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