[Pkg-mediawiki-devel] Debian maintainers: Please join wikitech-l

Thorsten Glaser t.glaser at tarent.de
Mon May 14 12:38:56 UTC 2012

On Fri, 11 May 2012, Mark A. Hershberger wrote:

> with Linux distribution packagers.  Daniel Zahn has been scanning
> existing MediaWiki installations (http://wikistats.wmflabs.org/) and
> we've found an incredible number of sites with old, probably insecure
> installations.

I’m working on MediaWiki in Debian with focus on integration into
FusionForge, and as such, I’d rather patch the existing 1.15 version
(especially since we’re immediately before a Debian release freeze)
than upgrade right now, as the automatic database upgrade when the
wiki is upgraded is currently nonexistent, and as such would break
existing installations and require lots of manual work. (I’ve prodded
on the FusionForge side to get this into shape soon, though.)

> While this may have been true, it has left a huge number of MediaWiki
> installations out-of date and not likely to be upgraded soon or at all.

Indeed – our non-FusionForge Wikis are even older…

> The wikitech-l mailing list is currently the list for this sort of
> coordination, but the traffic may be a little high if you are simply
> concerned about keeping the package up-to-date.  If there is enough
> interest, we can start a new mailing list specifically for coordinating
> our efforts.

I personally do not want to join another high-volume list.
I’ve joined the MW packaging team mostly to get more extensions
packaged, and can justify investing _some_ work into this as
part of my dayjob, but not high-volume MW devel or tech discussions.

Still thanks for the recommendation.

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