Updating mediawiki to 1.19.1

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On August 24, 2012 my goal was to have FaceBook Comments on this page. It did not work with mediawiki 1.16. The page itself states it runs on mediawiki 1.18 so I decided to update to the latest version of mediawiki which was 1.19.1.



First I did a backup

File system

Backup of the file system:

/srv/www # cp -pr htdocs/ htdocs-backup

Update mediawiki

/srv/www # cp /root/mediawiki-1.19.1.tar.gz .
/srv/www # tar xvzf mediawiki-1.19.1.tar.gz 
/srv/www # ls
cgi-bin  htdig  htdocs  htdocs-backup  mediawiki-1.19.1  mediawiki-1.19.1.tar.gz
/srv/www # chown -R wwwrun:www mediawiki-1.19.1
/srv/www # cp -pr mediawiki-1.19.1/* htdocs

wgServer problem

Then I had

LocalSettings.php:$wgServer           = "http://www.linuxintro.org";


LocalSettings.php:$wgScriptPath       = "/staerk/thorsten";

As soon as I change to $wgServer to http://www.staerk.de and $wgScriptPath to "/thorsten" the style of the page changes to a very ugly one, just as if the skins were not readable any more.

Seems I had a line in the apache config that made apache redirect strangely:

   Alias /thorsten /srv/www/htdocs/staerk/thorsten/index.php

after uncommenting the thing worked.

Skin change

Now after the update the default skin is no longer MonoBook but VectOr.

Short URL issue

Before my articles were on http://www.staerk.de/thorsten/article, now I have to do the short URL rewrite again.

After implementing https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Short_URL/Apache the style was lost as described here.

Now I have two situations. Either styles work but I cannot access www.staerk.de/thorsten/article or I can access www.staerk.de/thorsten/article but styles do not work. To switch between these two situations I need to do the following changes to LocalSettings.php and /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

The following line in httpd.conf makes the styles get lost:

RewriteRule ^/?thorsten(/.*)?$ %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/thorsten/index.php [L]


Solution??? Follow this other tutorial, add ScriptAlias also for /thorsten/skins NO! The problem was that load.php now loads the CSS, so you have to except load.php5 from the alias like this:

Alias /thorsten/load.php5 /srv/www/htdocs/staerk/thorsten/load.php5

doing it again

On 2013-03-02 I tried to do it again. This time I had to delete /srv/www/htdocs/StartProfiler.php whatever this is :(

Then the Ratings extension did not work any longer and images were not displayed. The Ratings extension has gone for good so I removed it.

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