Rollover for the manual

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Used in the maintenance of the Gramps website

Technical details on how the Gramps wiki User manual is updated for each release.

Rolling over the Gramps user manual

On this page, 5.x refers to the 'old' (current) version of the manual - 5.z refers to the new, to be created, version...

  1. Use phpmyadmin to backup all of the wiki tables (or the commandline if phpmyadmin times out!)!
  2. Locate all pages on the wiki that have 5.x in the title - from the wiki menu: Tools > Special pages > All pages, to get a full list of wiki pages.
  3. Copy/paste it into text processor - it may be in three columns separated by tabs. If so, use regular expression search/replace to replace tabs with carriage returns. Using GEDIT, best to replace \t with \n rather than \r. You now have a list of all files on the wiki, one title per line. Save it as a text file (I'll call it myfile.txt for this example).
  4. Use grep to find only the pages with 5.x in the title: grep "5\.x" myfile.txt > mynewfile.txt The backslash will make the full stop a literal rather than trying to be part of a regular expression.
  5. Use a text editor to view the new file, and delete any pages that you don't want to roll over (That is, some pages may refer to 5.x in the title, but are not pages that we want duplicated into 5.z...)
  6. Go to the wiki menu: Tools > Special pages > Export pages and Copy/paste the new list of page titles into the Add pages manually: section then Be sure the checkbox is ticked for Include only the current revision, not the full history and then to create the xml to screen press the Export button.
  7. Copy/paste the xml into a text processor and use search/replace to replace 5.x with 5.z
  8. Save the file (I'll call it export.xml for this example).

For the change to 5.4 and then from 5.4 to 6.0, I used the mediwiki script in the maintenance directory to import xml from the command line. I was successful with (but I got an error in importDump.php and had to edit the file to ensure that Maintenance.php was included properly!):

-bash-3.2$php importDump.php 54.xml

followed by:

-bash-3.2$php rebuildrecentchanges.php

That should now have created all of the new pages.

Update searchindex table

Update searchindex table

New pages created by this sort of import do not automatically get added into the search index of the wiki. Use phpmyadmin from the cpanel and use the repair tool for the searchindex table.

Set previous version pages to be protected

Finally, if you want to set all the previous older user manual version pages to be protected, so only sysop mediawiki users are able to make changes (so all changes will be forced into the next set of pages...), you can use a series of sql statements in the form:

UPDATE `grampswiki`.`page` SET `page_restrictions` = 0x656469743d7379736f703a6d6f76653d7379736f70 WHERE `page`.`page_title` ='Title_of_the_page_in_the_wiki' collate utf8_unicode_ci LIMIT 1;

(You'll need to replace the spaces in the page title with underscores...)

I do that concatenation in a spreadsheet, creating the (long) SQL statements by combining a first part, the page names and the last part. You'll need to search for any single quotes and put a backslash in front of them in the page names first, too...

That updates a blob field to force protection without having to do the pages individually. You need to do the above sql statement for each page that you want to protect...


As there is no naming scheme we are trying to follow a rule for manual upgrade :

  • filename-{number of version}-{lang}.extension


  • Edit-person-50-en.png

We need to know if we keep the {number of version} or if we use the new one on migration (3.1->3.2->4.0->15.0...) ?

See also